What to do with a cheap PC !

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  1. BoneMonkey
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    well i was recently in a computer show and i bought a refurbished pc FOR 80 bucks !!!!!!! and its pretty nice here are the specs

    Compaq EVO D300
    Intel Celeron 1.3GHz
    256MB DDR Memory
    20GB IDE Hard Drive
    CD-ROM
    10/100 LAN Ethernet Networking and Internet
    Professionally refurbished at our facility
    4 USB Ports
    Floppy Drive
    Windows XP Professional Pre-Installed and Certificate of Authenticity included on bottom of machine
    Office Suite also preinstalled (Open Office) (compatible with Microsoft Office)
    PS2, keyboard ports, and video output

    now the thing is this i wanna see if i can turn this PC into a semi decent gaming rig !!!!!!!!!!!!! lol its socket 478 what do you guys think ?


    im thinkign getting a cheap 478 CPU 1 gig of ram and maybe a 7600 gs ?
     


  2. dbgtdob

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    it depends on how good a cpu you get, and you said nothing about a graphics card, 1gb of ram is ok, but as of right now you can play older games, since most need more then 256mb of ram to play.
     
  3. Kyoji

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    Lmao, I've got the same PC running in my family room, it causes nothing but problems [​IMG]

    Good luck getting it to "gaming rig" status, you're going to spend more money than its worth to even get close to that mark. Not to mention the outdated standards and shoddy Compaq parts, you've bought $80 worth of headaches!
     
  4. BoneMonkey
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    If nothing else it would make an excellent linux box...
     
  6. BoneMonkey
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    ewwww you said linux lol

    ack its has a 250 watt PSU ! lol that might be a problem
     
  7. sage_inferno

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    check the cpu support the evo series, looks like early p4 generation
    prescott based cpu needs compatible boards.

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    Compaq Evo Desktop D300 Series with 845 chipset
    Processor and Speed Intel Pentium 4 Processors Standard L2 Cache 256-KB Integrated ECC
    One of the following 1.5-GHz Front Side Bus 400-MHz
    1.6-GHz Maximum Memory 1.5-GB
    1.7-GHz
    1.8-GHz
    1.9-GHz
    2.0-GHz
    2.2-GHz
     
  8. Azimuth

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    or install LAMP and torrentflux and turn it into a torrent server.
     
  9. BoneMonkey
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    i dont know with a limited 250 watt PSU i dont think i can add a 7600 gs lol

    i really wanted to turn this into a comand and conquer 3 box
     
  10. tshu

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    I had an old laptop that kinda of looked like something similar to this:
    [​IMG]

    It was great for playing games like Hugo's House of Horrors in the living room! [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  11. BoneMonkey
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    my god ............ never post that again tshu
     
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    As stated earlier, this would make a great Linux box for casual use. That said, it would then be the exact opposite of what you are looking for.
     
  13. legendofphil

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    I dismantled one of those lugabouts once, just to find the hamster that it ran on. But it was much larger than that one in the picture and damn was it heavy.
     
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    Rip it out and media center it
     
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    Here to buy a PC u would need 400 dollars for a regular pc simple VGA, ram etc but upgrading is total disaster if don't find the right shop. Upto 300$ maybe for a good PC 1gb ram 256 mb card + 3ghz CPU
     
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    2 words for you: MAME cabinet.
     
  18. BoneMonkey
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    MythTV is good enough for your stuff. It combiçnes the media center, MAME cabinet, and it runs on linux, so your hardware will feel rejuvenated. (try beryl on a 1GHZ PC with 256 megs of ram and an old 3D card => happiness)
     
  20. BoneMonkey
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    i dont want a media center i have decided to make it into a gaming rig lol