I've revitalized old hardware more than once. Before I had a wireless network, I needed a PC for a very specific purpose down in my basement(light internet and a spreadsheet). I was gonna build a cheapo PC, but found a complete PC w/ monitor at a pawn shop for $125(HP something).
It was slower than molasses w/ Windows. I installed Debian on it and ran cat6 to it, and it ran perfectly for 3yrs. Power supply went kaput, and by then I had wireless access, so I now I use my netbook in the basement and tossed the old PC. If I'd have known someone that "needed" a computer, I'd have tossed a power supply in it and gave it to them, as it ran fine otherwise.
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