Lisbeth! I’m coming!
Wow that’s some pile of junk.
So here’s the parts (I think) for the junkyard PC. Hmmm. JPC. I think I like that.
– Foxconn D412 Atom D410 Mini ITX Motherboard with Atom D410 Chip. VGA, USB 2.0, SATA supported. Oh and Six Channel Audio supported onboard too. The Intel Atom 410 is a neat little guy, 1.66 Ghz. Only a 512 cache, but that’ll do fine with the JPC. $64 plus tax and shipping.
– Corsair XMS2 2GB 800 DDR2 memory. I figured space will be tight so I went with a single 2GB stick. 1.8v isn’t bad, and a CAS latency of 5. What’s latency? Get your thinking cap on and read here. $49 plus tax and shipping, minus $10 rebate. Booya.
Total for the mobo and memory was $128 after tax and combined shipping.
-Apex MI008 Mini ITX case with 250 watt power supply. Just under 11.8 x 8.7 x 5 inches. 1 bay of each kind (that’s tight!) $42 including tax, plus free shipping.
-Seagate barracuda 160GB hard drive, 7200 rpms. WHY DID I WIPE THE OS OFF AND REFORMAT THIS? WHY? Sigh. Looking at all the pieces, I scoured my drawers (heh, hey Beavis, I said drawers) and found some miscellaneous software discs for some random drivers and stuff like Roxio. No Windows XP or Vista backups or ghost discs. Nothing. Well, it’s a free internal drive. I can load Ubuntu on it for free to get everything up and running. I also have a 320GB internal drive as my internal backup for my main desktop, but I think 320GB may draw unnecessary power, add some heat, and well, just isn’t necessary for a little JPC. Again, this is “free”.
– Philips/BenQ DVD CD RW drive. Speed… uh… hmm… and the voltage is uh… eh… well it’s free. As long as it reads, it’ll load software. Also “free”.
– As luck would have it, I also have some extra internal cables of all types, and some dampening gasket material. Also “free”.
-2 extra keyboards. USB style. Sweet. Also free.
– FREE Wireless mouse with $10 year subscription to Wired Magazine. Well, I was due to renew. So I did. Here’s the link. I have the mouse already in hand. I’m calling this one “free” for my accounting purposes since I was going to renew Wired.
So that’s the parts. I carefully repacked them into a box in a milk crate, waiting for next week when I’ll have some dedicated time to build it start to finish in an afternoon.
I’m looking at $170 for a newly built Desktop PC. Not bad.
Not bad at all. I THINK I WANNA DANCE!