Upgrading old hardware with online auctions

Got a very satisfying hardware upgrade done last night: I’d bought a used 3,0 GHz Pentium 4 processor and 2 GB of RAM, and they went smoothly into the old Shuttle XPC SS56GV3.

I haven’t been much into online auctions, mostly because old hardware just tends to pile up at my place anyway, despite that I usually have little actual use for it. The Shuttle’s different though. It’s at my secondary place of residence and I use it as a real desktop almost as much as my main desktop, and so being limited to a Celeron with just 1 GB of RAM was starting to get on my nerves.

The upgrade gave a nice performace boost at a relatively low cost (45 euros incl. shipping), but also left me with a hunger for more good deals. I guess I’m beginning to see why people are drawn to these sites and trade stuff semi-professionally even. And as I’m left with the old bits of hardware redundant from this upgrade, I’m tempted to try and sell them myself.

For now I’m just mostly into the “get adequate stuff for cheap” side though. I even signed up for Ebay and made another small purchase there. Be interesting to see how that goes.