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1st
ok here r the specs- its actually pretty good
pentium d 3ghz- going to oc it (why not)
2 gb mem
400 watt psu
asus mobo
currently no hdd but 250 gb when i get a new one for my main rig
tv tuner- could use
extra nic card

2nd not so good... at all
pentium 3 not sure speed cause its sitting in the corner unplugged and didnt have time to look it up
512mb ram - although i could up that to a gig (taken from above pc)
17gb hdd too small for anything

also i might be able to use an old pentium 4

ok give me some creative uses for these
no "give them to charity" or "sell 'em" responses - im keeping and using them

oh yea i have two tv tuners (one is a double so 3 tuners in all) could i set up some remote tv capturing server?

if u have any ideas say them cause im stuck

and also maybe a cod4 server (1st pc)- could that work?
would that kill my internet connection-

maybe a torrent box on the second pc?
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You could try setting up a boot server with the second computer and using the first computer as a guinea pig. That way you don't even need the HDD. It'll also teach you some fun things about networking.
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post #3 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by GodofGrunts View Post
You could try setting up a boot server with the second computer and using the first computer as a guinea pig. That way you don't even need the HDD. It'll also teach you some fun things about networking.
I'd love to know how to do this also


Any games server - lan server - torrent box - NAS - Heater?
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NAS? whats that?
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boot server sounds cool can u give me more info
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Network Attached Storage = Big HDD on a network
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Donate that first one to the PCI Card King around here, what's his face...
    
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post #8 of 44
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Originally Posted by xanthos9 View Post
boot server sounds cool can u give me more info
Sure, I'm sure you've seen one at your school, if you go to school that is. Edubuntu is a version of Linux that includes boot server software. I'm not really sure how it works as I've never owned a Network bootable NIC (you'd probably need to buy one). Basicly, instead of booting from a HDD, it boots from a remote HDD via a LAN. It's slower then HDD boot, but you can multiple computers boot from one copy of an OS.
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Donate that first one to the PCI Card King around here, what's his face...
StillLegendaryU2K....his crysis thread wasted 8000kW of brain activity.
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post #10 of 44
Most motherboards have bootable nics on them - you just have to turn it on in the bios to boot off the network adapter
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Samsung 840 Pro 256gb | 3*3TB Raid 5 | Corsair F60 Windows 8 x64 *EYEFINITY* Dell 2405FPW + 2*E248WFP Logitech Illuminated 
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