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  1. KieranD

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    sorry for the double post but see PC recycling programs what are they i know you can get rid of an old pc that way but can you get stuff for free from it or what?

    i know that some company's looking to upgrade give pcs away for cheap because they have depreciated in value so much they make a profit from selling it so cheap. My bro had a job a few years ago and they just sold all the dell pcs to the employees for like £3 or something unfortunately he couldnt get one because he used to ride the bus to work and couldnt get one home.
     
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    you can get a nVidia GeForce FX5500 256MB PCI for £25 on ebay or a GeForce 6200 128MB DDR PCI for about £20 or so

    either of these cards would suffice in a system like that and they are both PCI
     
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    true. both those would overpower a PCI bus (as in, the bus would hold them back) but at the same time they will be more than enough for such a PC.

    With a video card like that (they have advanced DVD decoding hardware) the box would be capable of playing DVD, MPEG and (most) DivX based movies - anything that wasnt HD.
     
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    yeah it could play almost any dvds or video that wasnt at too high a resolution

    i was wondering if those would be help back by the PCI slot, i dont think it would be too much but for such a cheap upgrade it could turn a piece of junk into something useful

    Id like to have a box that i could fath about with linux on
     
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    Ok, he'd have to get a DVD drive for it. But yeah, with XBMC, or a done-up Windows 2k, a small LCD monitor, and a "decent" graphics card, and a smaller case, it should make a good media PC!
     
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    why not have it as a music system / downloading unit? If its quiet and low power consumption it could be a 24/7 downloading beast! :D
     
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    If I gave my friend my currently useless 120 watt Mini-ATX PSU, found a small case for it, and had my previously mentioned upgrades, it would work quite well!
     
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    exactly! once my spinpoint F1 arrives im setting my old media center PC up for DVD playback, music and to be a 24/7 downloader. Like you mentioned, mines bloody silent too.
     
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    i just got my 24/7 download box finalised... plan to make a thread on it soon actually.
     
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    Firewall appliance based on PC hardware IPCop
    link http://www.ipcop.org/index.php
     
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    Heh, PC recycling program... that doesn't really exist back here^^
    And people selling such PCs want a ridiculous amount of my precious cash...
    Well, guess that means observing eBay a little longer^^
     
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    Personally, I'd spend say $20 on a discreet case, and set it up by your PC and run a lightweight Linux or Windows OS (nLite springs to mind), and use it to browse from the comfort of your sofa :)
     
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    sweet, drop me a pm once its up please :)
     
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    it already is. its the last line in my sig :p
     
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    what bus speed is that celeron you might bee able to pin mod it higher and turn it unto a useful computer
     
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    well i got my 20x dvd burner for £20 it does dual layer too.

    all you need really tho is a quiet dvd drive quiet cooling and one of the graphics card i mentioned since you dont have an agp slot

    that small form factor power supply should be fine with the cpu and everything else

    i take it the motherboard has a ide cable connection for hard drives if so you can find really cheap ones on ebay it should cost musch to get this pc running

    about £40-50 to get it running, you could skip the new hard drive or see how cheap a dvd drive you could get but youd need to get a top pci graphics card fortunately these would be a fx5500 or a 6200pci costing around a pricely sun of £15-30

    XBMC ??? Media Centre is only available on xp and vista? i guess thats not what your talking about tho.

    xp could run on it but you need a os that will run faster to get maximum efficiency so linux or windows 2000

    LOL Windows ME the disaster OS i cant believe some people had that OS it was like a deformed windows 98 that was ducked taped to try to be 2000 with a million faults and bugs
     
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    The download link did work at some point, I've got a copy of it somewhere

    Edit: It's LinuxMCE I've got :p http://www.linuxmce.org/
     
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    The Celeron runs at 733 MHz, with a 66 MHz bus speed. (Hurah for CPU-Z!)

    @ KieranD: XBMC was a very lightweight linux distro that was made for the XBox, and was an excellent media player that could play almost any format: It has no relation to Windows Media Center, but it can run off of a bootable device. I just need to find out whether it can be installed...

    @ MRCL: whats the Swiss address for eBay? I'll help you look for something if you want.:)

    What would be the best internet browser for this machine? Firefox or Opera?
     
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    firefox with that cool faster fox addon and cool ultimate optimizer program
     
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    my friend had a xbox 1 with mods and imsure it had other hard drives crammed into it so it ran a custom bootloader and could run programs and images of games and linux
     
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    pin mod the thing to a 100mhz FSB 1.1ghz P3 celeron should do great as a MCPC
     
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    could possibly do a voltage and bsel(fsb) pin mod, but would it run at 100x11?
     
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    http://www.overclockersonline.net/?page=articles&num=29

    it should do just fine

    now here is the vcore mods
    http://www.extremeoverclocking.com/articles/howto/CPU_Voltage.html

    still looking for the bus speed mod
     
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    I think this is the right place...
    http://www.xbox-hq.com/html/article845.html

    My friend is going to case-mod it...

    Into....



    A Shoebox!!:laugh::roll::laugh:
    He loves the idea of a computer fitting in a shoebox.:cool:
    He'll probably buy a little LCD screen to put on it, a DVD drive, and I'll help him find a PCI graphics card, and maybe a PCI wireless card. All in all, it should be a cool n' quite media PC/Web-box!
     

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