How do you build?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Mainframeguy, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. I take all I can from my existing, build into it's case even.

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  2. Take many parts from old, sell the rest or keep as spare.

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  3. Just keep one or two best parts, leaving old rig as "barebone" system.

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  4. Like to build new rig entire - how else to grow my network?

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  1. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

    London, UK
    When you build a new rig do you take everything box fresh and keep your existing one? Or is an upgrade just that, you take all the parts you like from your old rig and leave it as a hulk? Or maybe something in between those two?
  2. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

    United Kingdom
    when I upgrade my machine I keep the bits I want to and upgrade the others. Or if I am putting together a new one and I have another lying around gathering dust then I cannabalise parts from that one if I want them.
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  3. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

    Well, it usually depends on certain aspects of the 'old' system. If it's ancient like a 486... You'd have to pay people to buy it from you. :p

    I, personally, would rip out anything that would still be useful (must be efficient) and throw it in the new rig. Usually only the odd CDRW/DVDRW, floppy, GFX card, HD and possibly the PSU
    Obviously, if I have skipped a few generations of products, I'd just build one from scratch and give the old system to a family member. :)
  4. Maveric169

    Maveric169 The Voices Talk to Me

    Elkhart, IN
    Like Ming said, it depends on the components of the old system as well as compatability. My next major upgrade will be a whole new system as none of the current components will be of support to the new setup. I will keep the old box as a test box, or as a server box. That is what I would like to do, but a AMD64 /w SATA Raid setup is a little out of my budget right now.
  5. Tuffgong4

    Tuffgong4 The Donger Need Food!!!! Political User

    exactly...there are tons of things that go into it for me.
    1. if anything in the old is useful in the new
    2. if my budget permits me to get all new stuff
    3. if my people around me need anything out of my old one and are willing to spend money

    there are lots of others but those are the main things I think of when I build a new system
  6. ShepsCrook

    ShepsCrook Red Sox Fan!

    Well, let's see. I plan on doing an upgrade to an AMD64 bit system soon. My current system is as such:
    AMD Athlon XP Mobile 2600 OCed to 2.4ghrz 400FSB
    1GB Samsung PC3200 ram
    SB Audigy 2 Plat
    Ati Radeon 9800 Pro AIW
    Seagate 120GB SATA drive
    Asus A7N8X Deluxe Rev 2.0 board.
    Thermaltake 480w Silent Purepower PSU
    Zalman 7000AlCu Heatsink fan
    BenQ DW1620 DVD+/-RW Drive
    NEC 16x DVD drive
    Antec Aluminum Case with window (full tower)

    Out of that I plan on keeping:
    1GB of ram
    Thermaltake 480w PSU
    Seagate SATA drive
    SB Audigy 2 Plat.
    Ati Radeon 9800 Pro AIW
    The BenQ DVDRW Drive
    The NEC drive
    And the case.

    The motherboard CPU and heatsink and fan will all get sold off. As I plan on upgrading my 2ndary rig as well to a P4 system (3.4ghrz HT)
  7. Tittles

    Tittles Dabba Dooba Political User

    Muskegon, Michigan
    I usally just use what i can for awhile and upgrade lil by lil later on. Like I would get a new processor,motherboard, and most likely ram. I already have a good enough computer. Only thing i need to have it perfect is a new and bigger hard drive. 2 20gb hard drives aren't cutting it.
  8. seperatist

    seperatist OSNN Senior Addict

    New Hampshire
    well, since i am poor and cheap, i strip the old and add the new. i've had the same case for almost 2yrs and the case before this one i had for 5. i don't run anything over clocked so there is no need for 11 fans and a water cooled system.
  9. toretto

    toretto Mentally Absent

    Mankato, Minnesota, USA
    usually, before i build a new pc, i max out the performace of the machine that i currently use. then i leave it that way, and build an entirely new pc to the best it can be one part at a time.
  10. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

    New York City
    I don't use a desktop anymore, although there is one at home that my parents use. When I upgraded it, I kept any parts that were relatively new and exchanged/sold the rest. It still has a floppy drive from my old 486 machine, a CD-ROM drive from my Pentium-II (along with a new CD-RW drive, of course) and some other ridiculously old parts that still work beautifully well. :)
  11. X-Istence

    X-Istence * Political User

    Buy new, and keep the old :p.

    My server was new, but my desktop is old. I bought the new mobo and CPU off a friend in texas for $20, and put them in the same case, sold the old mobo and CPU for $80. Good deal really, as the mobo was a piece of ****, and the CPU had been run way to hot cause of it, so i was really surprised it had not broken yet :p
  12. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

    I wait till something in an old PC here dies, then I buy a new part, put it in my desktop and put the old one from my desktop into the old PC.