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olderwhiskeynandfasterhorses

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My small town high school is closing down, and they are selling all of the stuff. Suprisingly, for a school with only 30 students <i know its crazy> we hav at least 40 working computers. Most of the computers are just crap: Dell's with P3's and the first version of P4's. There are a few computers that we built for a class that I think might be worth some money. There are seven built computers that have P4's not sure what speed but we built them last year in the spring. They also have onboard video <crap>, onboard sound, and 512 MB RAM. They also don't have modems, and will probably not include monitors, speakers, keyboard, mouse, etc... They have 80GB Seagate Sata hdd, but the hdd on one of them just went out and a another locks up sometimes when you stick a flashdrive in. They probably wont go for much especially since they will only have the OS and nothing else. People around here usually don't know anything about computers, so if anyone will bid, they will probably go for the junky Dells. I want to know how much they are worth because I'm kinda hoping that I can get my older brother one for a gift. He wouldn't need anything great, just something to use for records, and maybe a few older games. If I do get him one, I'll probably stick in another stick of RAM and maybe find a backup hdd. Thanks!
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100$ dollars sounds about right to me.
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Thanks, that's a little more than I hoped it'd be worth but i think should have enough money: I don't have a lot of spending money. I was also curios theres a few built computers from previous years and they're holding up pretty darn good compared to almost everything else, there are two types both have 80GB hdd and 256 RAM and the only difference is that I'm not sure but some have AMD Sempron and others have AMD Opteron processors i was figuring these would be worth bout $25- $40. We also have a server, I cant remember what kind of processor it has but it has two mirrored 80GB hdd its also 3-4 years old, HP and I'm pretty sure it was fairly decent server when they bought it, new. I'm just curious, thinking of salvaging parts or even using the older computers and maybe buying the server, cause more'n likely no one else around here knows how to use it, hopefully. Thanks!
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The hard drive was the main part that was worth something, as well as the ram. What makes the server so useful to you? Just curious. Or is that what you want to buy to salvage parts?
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I just thought it would be neat to wire my house into a server, i did quite a bit of work in our school's wiring closet and i usually solve most of the computer problems, not hard stuff just simple stuff, reformating hdds, figuring out what the computer repair class did wrong when the old computers they took apart don't work and other little things, I may not know as much about computers as most of you but I have a lot of common sense and like to experiment. Then maybe I'll get DSL instead of dial-up(currently 29.2Kb/s BLAZING fast), there's no real reason... just fun :whistling: im pretty sure someone'll have a real purpose for it and buy it though.
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I go to a lot of auctions and find prices are very low or just plain absurd. I personally like the silent bid auctions because it stops the idots from bidding up when they se me or others bidding on items. I have quit going to some auctions simply because some people will outbid me on anything i bid on( even if i am trying to run them up on the price. I know, ME bad!)

OK, rant over. I will usually not bid much for servers as they are a special breed of computer with parts that usually don't work in any other computers (SCSI drives, weird motherboards, ECC ram, etc). Whatever you are willing to throw away on the server is what i would bid up to on it. I have an old compaq server here i cant do anything with that someone gave to me for free. It makes a good table top as its about 2 foot square in size.

My prices

I just bought a pallet of 20 computers including dells, H-Ps and other brands. All are guaranteed to work and the pallet has monitors, KB's, mouses, Speakers, etc. They are pentium 3 1gigers to pentium 4 2.2 gigers. My cost was $225 for the pallet and i could have bought 8 other pallets for that price.

So you see that i do not think old computers have much value. I usually will give away computer's to young kids that can't afford them if i see they really want to learn how to use them. If you go above $100 for any of them you have probably wasted your money.

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Thank you, I always like to know the real price of something. I hate to get screwed. Thanks now at least I know that they are worth something. Thanks again!
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One thing you might do if buying a used computer, ask if they have the install/restore CDs for it. Most of the time they won’t, but you may get lucky. I always prefer using the original install/restore disks rather than spending a lot of time cleaning up an installation on a used system.

On a side note, the cheapest that I have picked up a used computer for was an emachines t2542 (tower only) at a garage sale for $5. They had told me that it had stopped working, so I picked it up for parts. As it turns out the only thing wrong with it was the RAM had somehow become unseated. I snapped it back it place and I currently use the system for the Internet access. :help:

I have also recently been at sales and have seen old Pentium II's with $300 stickers on them. :whistling: :blink:
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