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Phenom X3 - gaming server/HTPC or both
Pentium D -donate/sell
Pentium 4-Donate/sell/make a keychain/do experiments (like pulling the gpu/ram off when running windows ETC.)
lol Im not sure I wanna try that, wont I get electrocuted?

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A computer that look crap and beat up on the outside, but is actually more up to date and quite well performing. Basically a good computer in a crap case thumb.gif
yeah I googled it before you could reply.
That idea really sounds fun, ive decided to do that on one of my main rigs lol
Either this fx6100 or the i5 that's returning from rma biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by FatedFrenzy View Post

The Pentium D would also make a great DOS game PC. I know I grew up playing playing games like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Blood, Heretic, Hexen, etc. And I still love to play them. Granted there are a number of good ports for these particular games. But there are thousands of good DOS based games that you just cannot play on a newer PC.
If you're into that sort of thing, put windows 2000 on it and use it for old school.
Ive played most of those games, but now I cant play anything with bad graphics, I'll get dizzy if I try wolfenstein again. Must be getting old.
Some of the newer games like quake 2, I can still play without nausea.
I dont think a school will have much use for the ancient pentium 4 as it can barely run windows 7.
I'll transfer the P4 to a new case, and make kind of the opposite of sleeper rig.
This rig will look new, but has a P4 and geforce 2 inside haha.
this one should make the P4 look menacing http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146060&Tpk=nzxt%20lexa


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Gave my old rig along with my old smartphone to my parents to use as a media center in the living room. Smartphone works VLC and as a mouse/keyboard for it over wifi so it sits in a cabinet in the entertainment center and allows them to watch movies, netflix, and DVDs off it without anyone really knowing it's there.
the pentium d is actually my mom's old rig. I just replaced it with a sempron 140 for her facebook needs.

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Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post

Do the machines work?
If yes, them as servers or HTPCs, remote terminals, donate them to a school (one with a computer building/networking/maintenance class), or just fold or run some other distributed computing project.

If not, PCBs make for lovely wall art. I've got a mobo hanging off my wall, not as impressive as what was posted on page one, but it proves you don't need an entire rack of servers and a custom frame. The CPU keyring charm is ever popular around here. If you have come patience (and solvents) you can peel apart full size memory to make awesome bookmarks and laptop memory can make some geektastic earrings for the lady in your life. The power supplies if still functional are great for testing fans or liquid cooling loops without powering up the whole computer. The cases can be used for raw material / practice subjects for case mods. Of course, there is always the option of recycling.

One popular thing I would NOT suggest is donating them to groups that "give them away" to households that "cant afford" computers. I know I sound like an ass for saying that, but usually these companies don't really give them away for free, and the cost you pay for them is more than what they're actually worth. Even ignoring that issue, these computers are slow, have years of wear on them, are hot, and are incredibly energy inefficient. We all know how incompetent the average consumer is with computers - try someone who has never used one before in their life, and is now trying to use a slow beat up second hand one. Chances are it will do more harm to their life than good. It's not like you can't go to a public library for email and online government forums.

Ive tested the pentium D and pentium 4, they still run but the psu's need replacement.
Havent tested the phenom yet but im sure it will still work.
I think ill just donate the pentium d to a public school.
As you said I dont know much about those charities, so better give it away directly.
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I would personally turn them either into a shell, FTP file server, NAS, or a home surveillance system with some USB webcams.
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