Re: 1996 Computer! (I know!)
I have like 3 old Pentium machines that I used to run Linux and old Windows versions on all the time. I had a Pentium 133MHz, 5GB HDD, 64MB RAM, FDD and CDROM that I had DSL Linux and Puppy on (not at the same time lol) and both worked just fine. I personally liked DSL much more than Puppy, it had a better package management system and seemed to run faster. I later upgraded the CPU to a Pentium MMX 200MHz (my friend gave me the chip from a dead PC he got at a yard sale) and now have Windows 98 SE on it, though it's not really being used for anything, used to have an FTP server running on it. I also have a Pentium 75MHz HP that I had overclocked to 100MHz, but after I replaced the 133 with the MMX 200, I put the 133 chip in the HP. That I had Windows 95 on (never would work with Linux for some reason) and ran an HTTP server on it for a while. I also have a Pentium 133 laptop with 16MB RAM and a 1GB HDD, got it for free. I was only able to get an old version of Vector Linux running with GUI (DSL and Puppy would run but never get to the X server), and Vector's horrid driver system and lack of package management made me go straight back to Windows 95, the only OS that would recognize the sound card and PCMCIA 16 Bit Ethernet 10mbps card that I got with it.
I definitely say put it back together. Old technology can be fun to play around with, even if there's no real modern use for it. I also used the old PC to play some old software titles that I couldn't get working in XP or Vista due to outdated graphics libraries or incompatiblities with the OS. I also went on eBay and bought 5 PCI Ethernet cards for $1 to add networking capabilities to my old PC's so I could see how that worked (and since they don't have USB ports, that's the only way to copy files on without burning CD's).