I still have the first computer, that I bought a second hand Philips P3105 (XT Clone) with a 20MB HDD. I still have the first computer, that I did build a 486DX66 with a 8MB RAM and a whopping 300MB HDD. Both have an Ethernet card (thin wire coax, 10 Mbps) and I still have the cables. Everything is stored in my cabinet.
My oldest computer, still used for 1 hour/week, is my 2003 headless backup server. The system is build from leftover parts and it has a Pentium 4 HT (3.0Ghz); 2GB DDR; 4 HDDs 1.21TB (2.5" and 3.5"; IDE and SATA-1; 250GB and 3 x 320GB). It runs FreeBSD 13.0 on OpenZFS 2.0. The case is a Compaq Evo Tower with Windows 98SE stickers.
From left to right; My Surge Protector; the Ryzen Desktop; The Pentium 4 Backup Server.
I retired 10 years ago and I moved my “work” to 5 Virtual Machines for
- Communication Apps (Evolution; WhatsApp Web; Transmission; KDE-Connect);
- Banking and PayPal:
- Try-out new stuff and
- Windows 10.
My desktop is a $349 Ryzen 3 2200G (16GB), that I did built in May 2019. My laptop is an off-lease i5-2520M (8GB) from Dec 2011. Both run Ubuntu 21.04 with OpenZFS 2.0. Both systems run the same VMs and my laptop is my second backup. Part of that backup are the changes to my VMs. Consequently I have exactly the same environment (VMs) at home and on the road,
I still have a 2008 HP dc5850 (8GB DDR2). I would like to install Proxmox, but I don’t have any acceptable HDDs left. The only ones I have are 160GB laptop HDD and a 80GB desktop HDD. Both have a throughput below 60MB/s and average seek times of 10 and 12 msec, so unusable. In desperation I might consider using two SCSI HDDs (10,000 rpm; 36GB +18GB) with average seek times below 4.5 msec. The CPU is a Phenom II X4 B97 (4 x 3.2 GHz), which is faster than the laptop i5 and 40% of the Ryzen speed.
Those SCSI HDDs have at least twice the speed of the others, so I might use them as a cache (L2ARC) for the slower disks or I could go the easy and boring way by buying a DOP2500 ($45) SSD of 120GB.