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what to do with these SFF PCs?

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor and Single Board Computers' started by Slam, 27 Dec 2020.

  1. Slam

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Jan 2011

    Posts: 1,457

    Location: London

    I used to love the small form factor PCs and so I kept hold of them even though they are end of life. Any ideas for what I should do with them? can the cases and PSUs be used with mini itx boards maybe?
    or is the truth that they should be thrown away now?

    The PCs are shown here https://imgur.com/a/qAOcZMe
    and are
    1. Shuttle XPC SN21G5
    socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU, nForce 410 chipset, 250w PSU

    2. Shuttle XPC SN27P2
    socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU, nForce 570 chipset, 400w PSU

    3. Soltek Qbic EQ3702M
    Socket 462 Athlon XP CPU, nForce 2 chipset, 250w PSU
     
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  2. Liquid_Entity

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Apr 2006

    Posts: 6,253

    Location: East Grinstead, W Sussex

    Retro Arcade PC for emulations?
     
  3. Bouton Aide

    Caporegime

    Joined: 9 Aug 2008

    Posts: 27,893

    Isn't it crazy once upon a time these machines would have been the best on the market for matx systems and now a lot of people who have them don't know what to do with them as they not powerful enough to run certain things.

    I owned a 939 shuttle back in the day and used it for a desktop. They would be good little nas boxes I would think.
     
  4. Slam

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Jan 2011

    Posts: 1,457

    Location: London

    I thought about a nas but they take IDE drives and the 4GB, 14GB and 40GB drives that I have won't go far in today's digital world!
    a retro arcade PC might be an interesting project, I have mame and roms on my main windows PC, not sure what I'd use for an operating system, whether all the drivers will be available etc...
     
  5. Bouton Aide

    Caporegime

    Joined: 9 Aug 2008

    Posts: 27,893

    ouch! extremely small for any projects is there not even sata on the boards?

    What motherboards are in these systems?
     
  6. Slam

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Jan 2011

    Posts: 1,457

    Location: London

    The motherboards are all custom for these models. checking the chipset specs it seems that the Soltek is PATA but the two Shuttle models each have 2x SATA. Found another 80GB drive and a DVD writer in one...woo hoo!
     
  7. clv101

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,677

    Location: Bristol

    I'd suggest the electronics in them is pretty worthless - but if they'll taken a modern ITX board they'll still have use. But those PSUs are ~14 years old now...
     
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  8. Slam

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Jan 2011

    Posts: 1,457

    Location: London

    I decided to put them up for sale in the members market. Surprisingly 2 of the 3 sold quickly. Maybe I priced too cheaply but that's fine, it's much better than just throwing away.
    Thanks for the advice people
     
  9. Bouton Aide

    Caporegime

    Joined: 9 Aug 2008

    Posts: 27,893

    I noticed. At least you got rid of em.
     
  10. davida76

    Gangster

    Joined: 14 Sep 2014

    Posts: 197

    Location: Co. Durham

    Give recalbox or lakka a go on the remaining one if you fancy trying an emulation box, both linux based.
     
  11. gizmo1990

    Hitman

    Joined: 1 Aug 2003

    Posts: 826

    I feel like old sff pcs will always be well sought after. I've a couple of Shuttle G2 cases which I need to get around to modding to bring up to spec. It's for this reason which I think they'll hold value. I'm surprised there's not more people modding them really, would make a good YouTube channel for instance. With the advent of cheaper 3d printing, it makes it easier to get super clean results.