Wanted: Your Old / Used Computer

Forget it! I bought enough parts to build a PC for next to nothing. See the comments for details. :)

If anyone out there has an old PC that is sitting around gathering dust, please let me know.

We need an extra PC for AD Radio because– believe it or not– it will greatly simplify our setup. Right now, I have three sound cards in my PC, and it is quite difficult to juggle all the settings that are necessary to manage AD Radio. With an extra PC, I can offload the audio encoding and one of the Skype telephone lines to the extra PC. I can run it through Remote Desktop, so a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc is not necessary.

The computer should be around 1ghz or better to handle audio encoding. Hard drive space doesn’t matter since I really only need an OS and a couple of applications to run on it. Memory doesn’t really matter as I can purchase whtever RAM I need to bump it up to around 512mb or so. It would be nice if it had DDR, though–regular SDRAM has gotten expensive, it seems!

I can pay for the computer if necessary, but not a whole heck of a lot. If you’re an AD member who has one, I can also make you a Sponsor. :)


3 thoughts on “Wanted: Your Old / Used Computer

  1. If you don’t get one donated (unfortunately we already donated ours to a friend earlier this year) I’d be willing to kick in some bucks for a purchase, just let me know. I don’t think I’ve donated this year anyway.

  2. I *think* I’m going to try to assemble a cheapo box for what we need.

    I’ve already got an Athlon XP 2500 sitting around that was pulled from a bad motherboard, and I’ve got a case that I used for my PC before I got my aluminum case. Of course, I have an assortment of cd-rom drives and all the cabling I could need.

    I’m looking at putting together a system like this:

    $40.99 shipped – ECS 741GX-M Socket A (Socket 462) SiS 741GX Micro ATX AMD Motherboard – Retail
    $23.99 shipped – A-DATA 256MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 333 (PC 2700) Unbuffered System Memory Model VDBDB1808 – OEM
    $62.99 shipped – Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L080P0 80GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA133 Hard Drive – OEM
    $31.98 shipped – Rosewill Value RV400S ATX 400W Power Supply 100-120 VRMS or 200-240 VRMS switch-selectable CSA, CB, TUV, FCC, UL – Retail
    $159.95 delivered

    Not bad for an Athlon 2500+, 256MB RAM, 80GB Hard Drive. I’ve already got all the sound cards, so I would be set!


  3. Alright, here’s what I got:

    $31.98 – Power Supply – Rosewill Value RV400S ATX 400W Power Supply – Retail
    $42.49 – RAM – PQI POWER 512MB DDR PC2700
    $40.99 – MotherBoard – SIS741GX ECS|741GX-M ATHLON ATX

    $16.59 – Maxtor® 160GB Ultra ATA/133 Internal Hard Drive, 7200 RPM
    * $100 gift card
    * $45.95 coupon

    Total: $132.05

    Specs: Athlon XP 2400+, 512MB, 160GB, 400w PSU, Int Video

    Not too shabby!

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