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I been wondering! What should I do with my old desktop PC? I will be getting a Mac Mini soon and don't know what I should do with the old desktop I have with Windows 7. I'm thinking I would like to use it as my streaming computer. The only problem with that is I don't have anywhere to put my computer because I don't have any more room for another monitor. I'm wondering if I can use it as a server or something? What are some ideas of what I can do with the old ez machines Windows 7 desktop I have? If I sell it online how much do you think I would get for it? Could I get over $200 for the single computer? Below are some pics of the specs I have for the computer! If I do make it into a server how easy is it to setup the desktop to a server?

Also which Mac Mini should I get? I am thinking refurbished because there a little cheaper. I will be doing some video editing, web browsing, listening to music and downloading music while uploading over 500 songs to iTunes and maybe photo editing. Which refurbished Mac Mini do you recommend me for what I want to do?

So now try and give me some ideas on what I can use my old eMachines desktop

Click here for computer specs. I can't upload the picture because it shows up to small but the link shows it bigger

asked Jul 08 '12 at 23:00

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edited Jul 09 '12 at 00:09

This question/statement gone get closed

(Jul 08 '12 at 23:16) IamTechCrazy IamTechCrazy's gravatar image

Instead of adding the info after, you should've waited until you had what you wanted to say ready, instead of making it another "look at my setup" type of question, which it was before.

(Jul 09 '12 at 00:29) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Donate it to Mythbusters so they could C4 the hell out of it?

answered Jul 09 '12 at 10:01

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1) If the hard disk has plenty of space you could lean out the OS and create a new partition in the following free space for on site storage. Just set the partition as shared so you can access it through your network and you won't need IO devices for it.

2) You could fold with it.

3) Plant it in the garden and grow a cluster # Just Kidding #

answered Jul 09 '12 at 11:50

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The answer to you question could be simple: Throw the damn thing out. lOlz

But there is another way, if the machine is in working order:

1.) Install Windows XP on that system and connect your printer and any storage subsystem that you might have (External hard drive et al) and in the setup of the Windows XP set the machine to have priority in background tasking as oppose to applications, which turns your machine into a little server.

2.) Install Remote desktop Connection from Microsoft on your your new MINI. So you can access your old system remotely from your Mac. So now you don't need any Keyboard - Mouse or Monitor. You can use the machine with all this menial task that you don't want to slow your MINI with (Downloading large file - Printing - Storage and other things that I am sure you will think of yourself).

3.) As for MINI, since you want to use it for Video Editing, pay the extra few bucks and buy the High end model, but with minimum ram. Add the RAM yourself, since it will cost you 50% less.

Hope this is of help...

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answered Jul 10 '12 at 09:53

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Due to the specs, nobody would even consider $200 for it.

answered Jul 09 '12 at 00:29

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then what should I use it for? What do you recommend?

(Jul 09 '12 at 09:10) Studio66Designs Studio66Designs's gravatar image

I have kept my PC Desktop even when I bought my Mac. I let guests use the PC and setting it up as a network drive is also useful when you have two computers. You could mine Cryptocurrency.

answered Jul 09 '12 at 10:13

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Use a distribution of Linux on it and see what it is like on that OS. And still keep your Mac working on anything else you like. That is what I would do over here. Use it for tinker with Linux, Solaris, freebsd. or what ever you want to do with it.

answered Jul 11 '12 at 17:31

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Use a distribution of Linux on it and see what it is like on that OS. And still keep your Mac working on anything else you like. That is what I would do over here. Use it for tinker with Linux, Solaris, freebsd. or what ever you want to do with it.

answered Jul 11 '12 at 17:32

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