Hey, guys. I'm home. After homesickness and being backed up on K-rations, one of the first things I wanted to do was build a computer.
To quickly explain the title, I don't want to name it "The Oldest PC on PCPartpicker", to then be proved wrong; so I'm staying on the safe side.
ABOUT THE COMPUTER: Well, the motherboard originally came out of a Compaq computer. I've had it laying around my house since I moved in and it's stayed in a closet for years before we moved in. I'm really surprised that it survived after what it has been through (I'll explain more about that later). The case I've had for about a year and a half, my friend's dad gave me his old PC (this later got me into building PCs). The PSU also came from said PC. The rest of it were scrap parts.
So, the CPU I had was an AMD Athlon from 1999. It's a socket A type CPU and I've never worked with one before. If you're curious to what a "Socket A" CPU is, I've made a diagram explaining the difference between Socket A and an AM2 socket CPU (picture four)
CPU COOLER: If you've looked at the part's list, you've probably realized that I put quotation marks around "stock". The cooler is after-market, however, it is the style of a stock cooler; just with a bigger fan. Socket A coolers are dangerous. In order to hook it in place, you need to PUT A ******* SCREWDRIVER into the cooler to latch it down on the other side. I almost slipped and it would have gone through my motherboard.
HDD: The Hard Drive is also something that came out of the Compaq. The system was OEM and the Windows XP on it match with the motherboard, so it's okay.
MOTHERBOARD: Speaking of, I'm genuinely surprised that the motherboard is working. On top of it being stored in a closet for years, it was stored outside and has been through two hurricanes (Hermine and Matthew). Did they just make the motherboards more durable back in the day or?
PSU: I'm aware that 500w is more than I'll ever need, but the PSU that came with the Compaq was burnt out (literally). Besides, it's the only spare PSU I had laying around.
RAM: One of the RAM slots apparently broke off the motherboard, so I only had one stick. The motherboard supports up to 2GB, so I went in my RAM box and got a DDR2 stick that would.... wait a minute. I then found out that the motherboard is DDR not DDR2. I went through the box and only found one 256mb DDR RAM stick; so I can hopefully open up one browser without it crashing.
Well, that's all folks. I'm glad to post something for you guys and I hope everybody stays safe. My next build will be me upgrading the "OVERKILL PENTIUM 4 PC.