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Hello everyone,

Been busy here lately with work and many projects of my own, none of them involving art.....no time for that right now, hehe.  Everything is going very well around here.  I would be upset about not being able to work on some art, but I'm keeping myself busy enough to not worry much.  I do have a notepad with a hell of a lot of ideas for various posters =P

But, like the title says....I do need some help.  Well, more ideas than help, really.

You see, I am in the process of upgrading my computer, and I'll be left with an entirely workable computer (processor, memory, motherboard, storage, and optical drives).  The thing is....what can I do with that?  I'll give you 5 seconds to get over the mandatory "send it to me!" remarks, which are perfectly fine and funny (hell, i'd say it too).  Done? Okay!  What I mean is what use I can give it.  

It was suggested that I turn it into a server.  Okay....what kind? and what for?  A linux server has been suggested also.  But what can i do with it?  Considering that I'd be using the hell out of the new one, what would use it for, other than to say "oh yea I have a linux server." But overall, what kind of server could I make out of it, and how can i benefit from it? Oh, keep in mind that I plan on shutting it down often, so a server that needs to have 100% uptime is out of the question.  

Any alternatives other than a server? Big-ass paperweight? Speed bump? Particle accelerator? Time machine (need flux capacitor and 1.21 gigawatts power supply, by the way)? WHAT DO DO, WHAT TO DO?!
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
So pretty much anyone with a myspace account and AOL email, right? =P
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djinni-- Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
That's the kind! :lol:
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levinet Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006   Interface Designer
Send it to... oh wait. :doh:

- Sell it, use the money for new pants!
- Donate it to a charity.
- Turn it into a Home Theatre PC
- Send it to me
- Send it to me
- Send it to me
- Set both PC's up next to each other so you can multi-task better. Browse, chat, etc on one - work on the other.
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TheULT Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
I know how to turn some computers into mini aquariums ...
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alchemism Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
A logical thing to do is donate to a kids home or something?
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
Thats always a good idea if i dont end up using it. Rather do that than have it away collecting dust!
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SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
leave the harddrives, extra space for photo is always welcomed, sell the rest, and buy yourself something nice ;) servers are always problem, linux or not, they are time eaters :P
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
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SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
hehe exactly ;) anyway I'm obsessed with extra space, since I got new camera that has 10mpx and they photos from him take _a lot_ of space :P I've found Baracuda with 850 gb! that would be nice :>
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CyniSteve Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I'd keep them for a server for backup.
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
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zilla774 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
ONE POINT TWENTY ONE GIGAWATTS!!

great scott!
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
Doc: The only source with that kind of power would be a bolt of lightning!

Marty: What?

Doc: A bolt of lightning! Unfortunately, we never know when or where one may strike!"

Marty: STFU Doc, you n00b. Here's this 1.21GW power supply!
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zilla774 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
:#1:
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
I was thinking of the media center option as well. Its just that I dont watch much tv, so I was hesitant as to how much i'd use it. The videocard is good, its an all-in-wonder x800 which already has a TV hookup, I believe. I never tried hooking it up to a TV, but im pretty possitive that its doable. All I'd need is a suitable case......or make some room for the one I was using =P

Still, it's one of the better options yet.
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mental Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006  Professional Photographer
Server for hosting torrent downloads (if you're into that stuff) it would reduce the number of read/writes to the HD on your main system, as well as reduce the usage of your main system's resources.

Back-up machine, copy all your files from your main system to your back-up system to make sure you have a fail-safe.

Media server. Host all audio/video files on the server and transfer them as needed, reduces the work load on your main system....

Orrrrrr, destroy them and photograph the process in a super elite photo-essay and post it to DA?

*lick*
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DES1GN Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006  Professional General Artist
i definitely would keep it as a back-up machine for when the new one zonks out ever... i am still kicking myself in the ass for not keeping my old one... I've had my current computer for almost 2 years with no problems, and then all of a sudden there was a memory error and i only had one 2GB memory card in it... i had to wait a week to get paid and buy a new one... if i had kept the backup machine, i would have been able to do all my homework on time...
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GarytheDragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
If for nothing else, use it as a huge, completely not-portable memory ...slab. :O
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picard102 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
Render farm.
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Blade707 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006  Student Photographer
exactly what i was going to say.
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Thunderstatement Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Use it as a backup machine for your new one, or for emergencies if the new one might become temporarily or permanently unusable. I wouldn't use it as a file server for your new main machine, unless you have terabytes of data you need daily but won't ft into your new machine.=p
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
I already have 2 laptops that serve as backup in case the big one goes down. As for data backup, I've mentioned simply getting external enclosures for the hard drives. Much simpler solution than an entire system for the same purpose :)
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narutoheadman21 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
Haha, I like your BTTF reference in there.

If I were you, I'd keep the same HDD in there, network it with the one you have now. Put all of your bulk files, like massive pictures and music onto it. You should be able to access them through the network. I've done it before.
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
[link]

Plus, there are network enabled HDD enclosures that show up as massive storage over the network :)
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BlueStrata Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
If i had a backup machine, I'd use it for backup and rendering. Especially rendering. When working in terragen/apophysis/3dsmax, having a seperate machine for when you do large renders is incredibly useful.

Now, i know you are too busy to do art, so...

Entertainment System! I'm assuming that the computer has a DVD Drive, so why not hook it up to your TV and use it as a DVD, CD, and all around Media Center? Hook it up to your pre-existing stereo and you're set!
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realillusions Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
The rendering system is my first choice :nod:
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seveneves Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
You could make it a backup server. Just turn it on when you want to make a backup. :shrug:
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
I could do that by putting the hard drives on external enclosures. It'd me more feasible, smaller than a mid tower, no need for extra hardware, and I could put them away in a drawer when I'm done =P
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seveneves Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
But, you asked what you could do with hardware you already own. :shrug:

I'll remember this. :evileye:
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
Yea but might as well suggest I use the fans for moving air through my room, man =P
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