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Just found an old PC in my closet that I completely forgotten about. It's some Gateway one (E-2000 I think), with a Intel Pentium 4 at 1.8GHz, and 512MB of DDR at probably 400MHz. Cleaned everything from the inside out, and thankfully it turned on. And found an old LCD Acer monitor right beside it, w00t. Also, words cannot express how loud this thing. I thought a 747 was taking off behind me whenever I hit the power button.

Don't know what to do with this PC yet. I'm installing XP Pro SP3 on it right now, then I'm going to have to find drivers for this thing which is going to be FUN.

I'm either just going to suicide run it, or maybe upgrade it. 550W PSU, 4GB DDR3 1333, Phenom II X2, and maybe a GTX460 . Who knows.

What should I do with this thing?
Edited by Invisible - 4/6/11 at 1:38pm
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exactly that. only suggestion is make sure it has sufficient airflow!
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make a folding rig, and leave the side of the case off
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make a folding rig, and leave the side of the case off
Folding? Care to elaborate on what this is?

I also just did some measurements and the top of the case (which is actually the old U shape, except with flat edges, and slides on and off) is down way to far. A 460 wouldn't fit, and neither would my Hyper 212 sadly.
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Folding? Care to elaborate on what this is?
In essence, you'll be dedicating your computer to help cure cancer. Yeah, really!

On topic: I think you can keep the processor, but upgrade the mobo and CPU cooler. Dunno if there're any half-decent socket 478 motherboards out there, but since I'm sort of in the market for one myself, I'll post if I find one...

EDIT: Well, Newegg doesn't seem to have a lot of choice on this, but this motherboard looks way better than all the old 478 socket motherboards from way back when (DDR2, SATA, etc.)
Edited by Toransu - 4/6/11 at 5:34pm
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post #6 of 29
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In essence, you'll be dedicating your computer to help cure cancer. Yeah, really!

On topic: I think you can keep the processor, but upgrade the mobo and CPU cooler. Dunno if there're any half-decent socket 478 motherboards out there, but since I'm sort of in the market for one myself, I'll post if I find one...
WOW, that is awesome. I can't think of a better purpose for this computer that Folding actually. Could I fold properly with the hardware I have now 24/7?
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What is a suicide run? X_x sorry for my n00bness.
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WOW, that is awesome. I can't think of a better purpose for this computer that Folding actually. Could I fold properly with the hardware I have now 24/7?
With the hardware that rig has now? Ehh I dont think you could. If you throw in a minimum of a 8400GS which would really be pointless for GPU folding, you could but if you're interested in building a rig for folding, you could get yourself a cheap AMD Athlon II X2 CPU, AM3 miniATX mobo for cheap (not too cheap), around a 350W PSU, and throw in a GTS 450 for cheap and your good to go! Heck a GTS 250 would still be great thats what I'm using along with my 460 and a 9600GT. Just use the HDD from that rig you found, install an OS, download the folding software and done!
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WOW, that is awesome. I can't think of a better purpose for this computer that Folding actually. Could I fold properly with the hardware I have now 24/7?
As long as it can run stable, yeah. If you'll be in it for the points, though, you might soon find yourself dedicating some brand new higher-end hardware for it, lol. My sig rig is my main PC, but I leave it folding whenever I'm not using it nowadays (which is almost all the time, thanks to work... ), and I think I churn out almost 10,000 PPD (Points Per Day).

EDIT: But in all honesty, though, even a little PPD isn't nothing. It's like donating; every little bit helps. A lot of people are after the points for e-peen for their hardware and/or overclocks, but it still ends up in a good cause.

If you're looking to get started, there's plenty of guides on the thread I linked.
Edited by Toransu - 4/6/11 at 5:47pm
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Dude you can't put ddr3 in an old ddr computer.Junk it before you waste your time messing with it.There isn't a single piece worth more than 5 dollars in it.
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