Need advice with cost-effective upgrading

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware, Devices and Accessories' started by MarcusD, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. MarcusD
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    I have a few computers that could be "recycled" :
    • HP Compaq dc5750 small form factor (my main computer)
      • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 x2 4000+
      • Board: idk, but it has an AMD chipset
      • GPU: on-board ATI Radeon XPress 1550/200M
      • RAM: unknown 2x1G <800Mhz + GEIL Black Dragon 800Mhz (with epic glowing red leds :O courtesy of my cousin) 2x2G dual-channel DDR2
      • PSU: idk, some propertiary 230W HP
      • Disk: an old no-name 80G (corrupted) + 250G WD Blue, both SATA
      • "external" floppy drive
    • that black box with 2 blue strips
      • CPU: Intel Pentium something 64bit
      • Board: ASUS P5KPL-AM SE
      • GPU
      • RAM: CSX 2G 800Mhz + Kingmax 1G 800Mhz, DDR2
      • PSU: micase SR400 (combined load 200W, max output 400W)
      • Disk
        • some crappy and faulty samsung 160G SATA
        • Western Digital Caviar WD400 40G ATA [2004 MAY 08] (from my old computer that's not on the picture)
          • CPU: Intel Celeron 899Mhz, overclocked to 1033Mhz
          • Board: unknown
          • GPU: Nvidia Gforce 2
          • RAM: 512M unknown
          • PSU: unknown broken 250W
          • The floppy drive was taken out of this computer (that's on top of my main computer)
    • HP Compaq nc4200
      • CPU: Pentium M (mobility) 2.4Ghz?
      • GPU: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900/915GM
      • RAM: unknown 512M (504M + 8M video)
      • Disk: unknown propertiary 60G with S.M.A.R.T. technology (which is annoying because it renders the drive as faulty)
    That old lappy with DOSSHELL running

    So basically I want to recycle the above computers, so I could build one that is good enough for programming (or playing Minecraft with better than ~7fps...).
    The problems I have with the above stuff is that I can't easily exchange parts. If I could use the GTS 640 in my main computer, I wouln't need to recycle my computer collection. But because 1) it doesn't fit in, 2) the PSU is too weak, and 3) I can't just swap power supplies, so I may need to do some trickery I don't have idea about.
    Basiclly I just want to play a bit newer games, like GTA4, or even Minecraft (at least with 40fps, just be please higher than ~7fps) :P

    So any ideas? I want to recycle as much stuff as possible before buying anything new, because I can't spend that much money to buy more than 2 new decent-quality components.
     
  2. raystriker

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    How are you using a 2gb module with a 1gb module in the Pentium pc? Also, give me a day or two to work something out for you :D
     
  3. MarcusD
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    MarcusD nobody's hero

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    It's a newer Pentium :P It works, only the PSU's fan died.