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Old 05-14-2009, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Some people have 2, 3, maybe even 4 computers to themselves. I personally built my only computer a couple of years ago and am about to make a new build. But since the computer is dated by today's standards, I'd be lucky to get $250 for it. So I've been thinking about keeping it around. I just don't know what I'll use it for yet. So those who do have more than one computer, what do you use it for? Maybe I can steal some of your ideas.

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Plenty of uses I can think off right off the Bat..

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Old 05-14-2009, 06:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Firewall, testing machine (linux, VMs, software, development, whatever), folding machine, server or just as backup incase your new machine goes down.

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A million things. like everyone said before, I use my old hardware as a testing ground for different things. Improving my OC skillz, testing new OS's. i also give a lot of old machines to family members. Every PC in my house was my main rig at one point in time.

One thing I don't use them for is folding. For several reaosns, most being practical ones. The AC has been out in this house for a few years, and I would be nuts to have multiple machines running 24/7 folding. The second is the electricity bill, I imagine that would jump, then there is cost, I only have the cash to buy a good system for my primary use, I can't build several others for folding.

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Mine get handed down to other people. My mom and my wife both have my old computers. If/when I ever get to upgrade, my wife will take this one to replace her current one. That computer will then be given to someone else who needs it.

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i would get an upgrade on my main pc if i could sell it
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah, I actually gave my first computer (a Compaq before I built my first) to my dad. Still not sure what to do with this comp though because I don't fold or any of the other stuff you guys mentioned. I guess it'll be nice just to have one around, knowing it's there if I ever have trouble booting up my comp or whatever and need to post on these forums for help.
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It's nice to have a spare for testing parts. I've only got my first build still, and it was frustrating not having spare parts to test for the problem (a DOA mobo).

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