Hello gentlemen (and gentlewomen). Today I got a PC. As you can see from the title and one of the pictures, this PC was owned by Bank Tec. I got to take it apart, clean it, and upgrade it.
The only rule I was given was that I had to back up all of the data and hand it over; which is the first thing I did (right after I played pinball, of course.). I was informed that what was stored on the PC from the worker before it was given to me was classified as "USI" or "User Sensitive Information". They also kindly asked me to take out the HHD and return it to them.
After I backed up everything, I had to clean it. Man was it dirty! The worse part is that I ran out of compressed air, so I had to TechYesCity this b*tch! (pardon my language). Seriously though, it was a huge mess. I eventually found out that the PC hasn't been cleaned for nine years. I placed in some "before and after" pictures. After cleaning, I installed the upgrades and put it back together.
UPGRADES Speaking of upgrades, I decided to go with three simple upgrades, the CPU, HHD, and RAM. I would have loved to keep the Pentium, but it won't do much for today's standards; so I decided to replace it with a Core 2 Duo E6400, simply because that's the only LGA 775 CPU that I had laying around.
The RAM was another simple choice (because I also had it laying around). The motherboard of the system and the 32 bit version of Windows XP only supports up to 4 Gigs of RAM. I decided to use it in Dual Channel for the extra speed.
This is becoming a reoccurring theme, but I also had the HHD laying around. The motherboard has SATA ports (surprisingly), so I went with a SATA HHD. I also really liked the blue SATA cable that came included. I simply loaded XP with a disc.
Well, that's all for now. This PC was fun to build (not to clean), and this keeps me pre-occupied while I wait for parts for the HTPC that I wish to build. Have fun guys and please stay safe.