My basement is a treasure trove (some would say graveyard) of old crap
The Gecko Posted Jul 30, 2012 11:12 PM
Main rig is a Core2Duo E8500 w/ a GTX 260. Consoles pretty much locked the hardware standard in stone 8 years ago, I haven't felt pressed to upgrade.
At work, we've got a whole host of Pentium-4's that we keep around for realtime video capture. They've got enough CPU to analyse video at 30fps and stream it raw to SATA disks, that's all we need. We just salvage them from other departments as they try to get rid of them.
Going back further, we have a few SunBlade 150's from 2002 that we have to keep around for some legacy infrasound raytracing programs.
But that's the newer stuff!
In the basement, I've got an AMD Athlon Slot-A processor and accompanying motherboard+RAM (sans heatsink - I "borrowed" that for playing around with a TEC cooler).
Even older, I've got a 486 DX2/33MHz processor and motherboard sitting around. Its cache chips have been pulled, and there's some corrosion on the motherboard battery terminals. If that were cleaned up, it might even still run, since those old processors can be pretty durable, and it's been boxed up in a pretty stable environment.
Plus, the usual assortment of bits and pieces - ISA serial/parallel port cards. An old VESA Local Bus (VLB) video card - Trident, I think. An ISA Sound Blaster 16 card... some fancier bits as things progressed into the PCI era, with one of those old pass-through Voodoo accelerators.
My pride and joy used to be an AMD 486 DX2 80MHz system I still had running in 2004. It had a 10 year old Quantum Bigfoot hard disk (back when they were 5.25" units) that was still going strong. Not a lot of practical use, but I had fun with it. I used to use it to throttle my roommates when they were monopolising bandwidth with torrents. Poison their ARP cache to identify as their gateway and run all their stuff through a rate limiting egress queue. Good times! Had to leave that one behind when I moved though, due to space.