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Windows 7: Why Two Computers???

31 Jul 2010   #1
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
Why Two Computers???

One of the things I want to do is build a PC. Two years ago the computer I had was getting old and in a couple months I had planned to build one. As luck would have it, the old PC died and I had to have one quick so I had a PC built. In about two years when 64 bit is more popular, I plan to build one. I am sure some of you reading this have built your own. I don't see any need for two PC's. My question is, when you build a new one, what do you do with the old one?
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31 Jul 2010   #2
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

One option is to sell it. Then you get some of your money back. Or you can use it for testing purposes (tweaks that could potential screw things up) and unmentionable stuff you don't want to do on your main computer. If you just want to get rid of it you could donate it to a good cause (usually you can get a receipt so you can claim it on your taxes).
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31 Jul 2010   #3
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Since my upgrades tend to be incremental, any upgrades to the main system sees the old parts moved to the "old" computer. This way....

1. I have a backup system
2. The backup system also gets upgraded.
3. I get a free computer from all the upgrades to the others.

As to what I do with them… well, my wife and kids use the backup, and the third one is strictly for emergency parts.
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31 Jul 2010   #4
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Having a second computer is invaluable.

1) Great place to stash data backups. If your main system has a dramatic PSU (or whatever) failure and takes your hard drive(s) out your stuff is safe - and nearby.

2) Dedicated print/scan/file server. I have two printers attached to my secondary machine. Let anyone in the house print, I don't care. It's not sucking down my RAM for print spooling and not using up my CPU cycles in the middle of a game.

3) You can do fun stuff with the screensaver, like add a few news tickers and pretend you're Gomez Addams checking your stocks. Or even check the latest ball scores and get an up to date weather report - all at once. I once had a computer in my kitchen with sixteen different news feeds scrolling across the screen stacked top-to-bottom. In the two minutes it took to fill the coffeemaker I knew everything that was going on in the world.

4) Stick the spare in another room and you've got an instant jukebox/video terminal.

5) Experience the joys and sorrows of home networking. You'll even have a good excuse to buy more neat stuff!

6) If your main computer won't boot you can get on the spare and come to https://www.sevenforums.com/ for help.


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01 Aug 2010   #5
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

Wife gets my hand me down if operating in acceptable condition, hers becomes the troubleshooting space emergency replacement PC.

I can tell it's been a while, because our current spare has AGP video card (5900XT, higher end for it's day) and Enhanced IDE components: hard drives, DVD/CD ROM drive which I would NOT put in a new system ever again on purpose.

Oh yeah that 3rd PC is great tester PC for software that we don't want to hassle with, otherwise, I have some OLD games or emulation fare on it that still work fine.
I have Windows 7 on all 3 PCs, blew $ on RAM for old PC, needed 2 1 gig sticks (2 slots) to handle 7, plus an old 4 gig pen drive for Ready Boost.
We'll call it the visitor PC...

So I have 3 PCs and a Wii all working on my router, mine is only one hardwired.
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01 Aug 2010   #6
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

My main machine has been upgraded about 4 times in the past 7 years.
I still have the same case, just swapped out motherboards, cpu's, ram, video cards, and power supplies.

the earlier upgrades were hand me downs from when I upgrade friends' machines. I'd get their old parts and use them.
the last 2 upgrades were purchased new by me so I could play newer games.

I was keeping my old parts and building secondary computers to use but ended up just selling those to finance the upgrades to the main machine.
I do have a second PC that I use primarily for watching movies on my Plasma TV.
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01 Aug 2010   #7
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

My XP PC is in the closet, if this one is ever out of commision for an extended period, I can get online. A Guy
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01 Aug 2010   #8
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

Somewhere someone on a 386 is surfing the web and smiling!
Keep it in prospective, we are all spoiled now, I remember my mouseless computing!
I have a Vic-20 and C-64 that still work in my closet, 10 ft to my left is a Vectrex.
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01 Aug 2010   #9
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Having a second computer is invaluable.

1) Great place to stash data backups. If your main system has a dramatic PSU (or whatever) failure and takes your hard drive(s) out your stuff is safe - and nearby.

2) Dedicated print/scan/file server. I have two printers attached to my secondary machine. Let anyone in the house print, I don't care. It's not sucking down my RAM for print spooling and not using up my CPU cycles in the middle of a game.

3) You can do fun stuff with the screensaver, like add a few news tickers and pretend you're Gomez Addams checking your stocks. Or even check the latest ball scores and get an up to date weather report - all at once. I once had a computer in my kitchen with sixteen different news feeds scrolling across the screen stacked top-to-bottom. In the two minutes it took to fill the coffeemaker I knew everything that was going on in the world.

4) Stick the spare in another room and you've got an instant jukebox/video terminal.

5) Experience the joys and sorrows of home networking. You'll even have a good excuse to buy more neat stuff!

6) If your main computer won't boot you can get on the spare and come to https://www.sevenforums.com/ for help.
Agree with all of the above.
When I completed my new build I had a high spec quad core pc going spare.
I tried to sell it but I don't know enough geeks so people couldn't understand why I wanted a lot of money for a box without a keyboard and monitor and no free printer thrown in!
I just couldn't get anyone interested enough to pay anything like it's value.
So, I bought a monitor and a wireless mini keyboard and use it for watching movies/music etc in my bedroom. Also got a TV dongle.
I network it with my main machine which is quite interesting and it's quite nice watching movies in bed.
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01 Aug 2010   #10
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faladu View Post
Somewhere someone on a 386 is surfing the web and smiling!
Keep it in prospective, we are all spoiled now, I remember my mouseless computing!
I have a Vic-20 and C-64 that still work in my closet, 10 ft to my left is a Vectrex.
WOW!....you have a 10 ft closet??!!

A Guy
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