Someone threw out a computer tower, so kept it. A photo of it should be attached to this post. My main question is, if all I did was add a hard drive and attempt to install Windows, would that be enough to tell me if the computer works?
If it's junk, then my son will have fun taking it apart. He loves using my tools to take electronics apart. He insists on being the one to do everything, unless a screw is too tight. One time we were taking apart another DVD player, and right when I pulled the top part of the shell/cover off, my son got excited and said "Look! Capacitors!" And he's 3 years old.
But I would like to have a second computer if I could for almost free. The tower is very very dusty, so I'm going to use my air compressor and clean it outside. And the computer is old; there is a sticker on it that advertised that it had Windows XP.
It has some parts, and is missing others. It has the power supply, DVD drive, motherboard, seemingly all the wires, CPU with giant heat sink and enormous fan to cool the heat sink.
It does not have a hard drive, graphics card, or any memory in the expansion slots. I have a couple big hard drives that can work. And I have three different older graphics cards, although I don't know if they would be compatible with the mother board. I don't have any memory though.
Are graphics cards and memory just to improve a computer? Do computers come with a crappy graphics processor built into the motherboard for if no additional graphics card is added? Or would installing a graphics card be completely necessary? Also, same thing with memory. Is additional memory good to have, or is it absolutely required?
(...also, I have an extra monitor too.)
Edited by Jay_is_bored, 03 July 2017 - 04:36 AM.