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What to do with my old HW: Core2Duo E6420 ...

Postposted on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:14 am

I just rebuilt my HTPC last weekend, and so far it looks like it was a success. That also means I've got some components that I'm not planning to do anything with...


....do you guys have any ideas?


I was going to suggest giving it away here, or contributing to a frankenbox or something (though honestly, the last time I had such thoughts, the action never materialized). I don't really need money for any of it, I'd just rather send it somewhere it might be useful still, instead of tossing it away.

(and yes, I know we have a Bargain Basement forum, but I'm more polling you guys for ideas right now).

1x Core 2 Duo E6420
1x Gigabye GA-p35-DQ6 (P35) motherboard
1x Thermalright Ultra 120 tower heatsink
2x 2GB Corsair DDR2 ram
1x Corsair HX520 PSU (with most but not all cables)

Note, components are 6 years old.
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Re: What to do with my old HW: Core2Duo E6420 ...

Postposted on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:17 am

My mythtv frontend is running an Athlon 64 X2 3800+, that's 8 years old hardware.
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Re: What to do with my old HW: Core2Duo E6420 ...

Postposted on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:18 am

I have a machine of that era that I repurposed into a file/backup server. Get yourself one or two big hard drives and Bob's your uncle.

I went with Ubuntu Server, but FreeNAS would be pretty simple to set up on this. You'd want a small flash drive to boot the operating system from for FreeNAS.
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Re: What to do with my old HW: Core2Duo E6420 ...

Postposted on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:46 am

I donate my old parts to www.pcsforschools.org
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Re: What to do with my old HW: Core2Duo E6420 ...

Postposted on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:54 am

I'm not quite on the level of StarFalcon for keeping old hardware around and running, but if you're looking to give it a home - I'll always be happy to repurpose hardware. :D

Alteratively, if you're not looking to keep it, and want to do something altruistic (and potentially tax deductible), look into donating to your local library as an open access internet machine (nothing wrong with old hardware to do that kind of work), or to a worthy private school (I've found public schools, despite often being in greater need, frequently have more red tape that makes the whole enterprise futile).

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Re: What to do with my old HW: Core2Duo E6420 ...

Postposted on Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:26 am

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Re: What to do with my old HW: Core2Duo E6420 ...

Postposted on Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:31 am

That's be a very capable backup server with a cheap RAID card and a few big HDDs. I'd probably upgrade the PSU to something new just to avoid blowing things up though. :P
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Re: What to do with my old HW: Core2Duo E6420 ...

Postposted on Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:17 am

i have a very similar rig as you. It had been soldiering on faithfully as a file server for years, but i just re-purposed it into a 2nd htpc for the bedroom. specs:

intel c2d e6420
asus p5b+
2gb ddr2 1066
amd 4350, 512mb
wd 320gb hdd
antec 520w
random atx htpc case with a few mods
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Re: What to do with my old HW: Core2Duo E6420 ...

Postposted on Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:24 am

I always take old hardware looking for a home :D
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Re: What to do with my old HW: Core2Duo E6420 ...

Postposted on Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:40 am

Stick a q6600 in it and overclock it :D
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