I built a new desktop and I have some ~3.5 year old desktop PC parts that I would be willing to part with for little or no money. I’d rather give them to people I know than send them to the recyclers, where they’ll end up god-knows-where (most likely back in the US as mercury, lead, cadmium etc. from Chinese-manufactured goods).
Keep in mind though that I built a new desktop cause my old one, well, died. I’m not sure what exactly caused the failures, or if it was just an incredible coincidence, but keep it in mind. I haaaaave~
- Motherboard: this one is the biggest gamble since, if three things failed in a row, it might well be the mobo. But you could be lucky! It’s a Gigabyte M61P-S3. It’s socket AM2 (Athlon 64 X2/FX). Got all the standard motherboardy stuff. Just one PCIe x16. Has an IDE channel, if you’ve got some old drives. May have a slightly quirky SATA controller, I’ve always been suspicious of it. Uses DDR2 800 RAM.
- CPU: Athlon 64 X2 4600+. Solid chip, I’ve always been pleased with its performance. Stock cooler. It’s still plugged into the mobo since I don’t wanna get the thermal goo all over everything. You can have the CPU and mobo together if you want, that’ll probably be easier.
- GPU: EDIT: OH SHIT I just noticed this has two burst caps on it. D: XFX GeForce 8600 GT. Good enough to run Fallout 3 at okay-ish settings at an acceptible framerate. SLI compatible. Dual DVI + S-Video (lol) out.
- PSU: Antec TruePower Trio 430W. This is the other part that might be a gamble — a faulty PSU can cause things to fail too. But it’s never made any sounds/smells/etc. and the outputs always looked fine in the BIOS. Give it a shot?
- Case fans: Both Cooler Master, one 120MM, one 80MM. Not particularly quiet but they do their job.