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    Here's an old post I made on the subject,

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  1. So I was like, t3h p4wn 4nd t3h h4x, shopping for some NEW and ENHANCED electronic repair gear (irons, desoldering pump, meter) so that I could keep repairing my OLD and OUTDATED stuff. In the big hardware store that sold the shit, there is also a big "recycle your old shit here" bin, where people usually leave broken down appliances. I, on the contrary, often REMOVE stuff from this bin, e.g. boomboxes, computers, drives, monitors, etc.

    So, this time, what was thrown out was an old Pentium 4 machine. Since it was potentially much better than the Pentium 3 crap I snatched in the past, I took it home by removing it from the bin in front of hundreds of people, with all the nonchalance and aplomb of Doombuy as a battle butler (BTW, I forgot to mention the way he picks up stuff nonchalantly, most of the time).

    The motherboard is a VIA EPIA - P4X266 PE11-SA, really early Pentium 4 stuff. Not so old as to retain ISA slots for compatibility (seen that elsewhere, though), but old enough not to have integrated LAN, USB2.0 or SATA, which is a bit of a letdown. Well, typical 2002 vintage.

    Specs:

    • Pentium 4 1.90 GHz (100 MHz FSB)
    • RAM: 256 MB PC2100 DDR (upgraded to 1.5 GB). Mobo only supports PC2100 (DDR 266) speed, but will work with faster DIMMs too.
    • Video card: 4x AGP Riva TNT 32 (I could upgrade it to a Geforce 4 or Ti4200 or even nVidia 5200).
    • Hard disk: WD400 (40 GB), surprisingly with no S.M.A.R.T. errors.
    • 250 W PSU, also has old-style AT power connectors. Hadn't seen that in a while. It functions but it'd better be replaced, especially if I start adding crap.
    The annoying thing with such old mobos is that you have to add a SATA controller and a USB 2.0 card, if you really want to have something usable, but once I add those, I can have something much more useful than a Pentium III. The mobo is OK and functions, but has a couple of blown caps (luckily, away from the CPU area), which I can recap.

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    2. Bucket

      Bucket

      If you want to have a $4000 silk handkerchief just so you can wipe your ass with it, that's your prerogative.

    3. DoomUK

      DoomUK

      Maes said:

      I could upgrade it to a Geforce 4 or Ti4200 or even nVidia 5200

      IIRC the nvidia 5xxx series were pieces of shit and were outperformed by the older GF4 Ti series almost always.

      http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=138&card2=153

      The difference is pretty negligible in this case, but still.



      ...And yes, I think we should set up a "new computer for Maes" fund.

    4. Maes

      Maes

      But the 5200FX can support GPGPU apps (well, some of them, at least) ;-)

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