If you’ve recently upgraded your computer or have 1 or 2 lying around, you may wonder what to do with your old PC.

Here are a few ideas on what you could do with your old hardware:

  • Find another use for it
    • Use it as is or upgrade it as a guest computer.
    • Install an older OS to be used as a nostalgia PC.
  • Turn it into a server
    • Game server
    • HTPC
    • Media server
    • Smart NAS
    • Web server
  • Gut it
    • Mix and match parts to create a “newish” PC.
    • Sell the parts individually online.
    • If the parts are useful, keep some or all parts as spares.
    • Any combination of ideas in this post.
  • Give it to a family member
    • Most likely, your family isn’t as technical as you are. Your old machine might be able to do everything they would ever need it for.
  • Donate it
  • Recycle it
  • Use it for an art project
    • This one is up to you!

If your stuff is super old, reminisce about when it was new and leave a comment on this Things That Show Personal Computing Has Come A Long Way post!

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