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Top 45 Best Things To Do With An Old PC *(26 + 19)

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If you're looking for some great things to do with an old or spare PC, then this list is for you. I used to have a website, with lots of PC / computer content on there. One article was 26 things to do with an old 486 PC. Some may still be relevant, but I've decided to list some of the new, interesting, fun, and more modern ideas first.


Things to do with an old(ish) PC: 1 - Run as an old PC/Dos/Windows Gaming Machine If you're hardcore you may be able to find a 3dfx Voodoo graphics card to play all the old school 3D games. You could use DOSBox to run a DOS emulator on your PC, or alternatively you can start from the beginning and install MS-DOS, and then Windows 95 on top.

2 - Run as an arcade machine / emulator - MAME etc Get MAME and you can emulate an old arcade machine to play original arcade games. Remember GoldenAxe on the Amiga and Atari ST? Well, image it a whole lot better, with the original arcade version. Here's a quick (17min) video guide on how to setup MAM…

3DMark Scores through time...

Where possible, I've run 3DMark benchmarks on old and new graphics cards... this can be useful to see how much difference there is between your old card and new card, when upgrading a graphics card, or also when upgrading to a newer system. Scroll down and you'll find vintage graphics card scores as well.      

3DMark 2006 (DX9)                                                             
Latest graphics card: GTX 1060 3GB: 23,346*
Previous graphics card: GTX 460: 22,876*

3DMark 2011 (DX11)
Latest graphics card: GTX 1060 3GB: P 11,821*
Previous graphics card: GTX 460: P 3635*



3DMark Version:TimeSpy v1.0FireStrike20112006200520032001SEGeforce GTX 1060 3GB* +225%3,7629,60711,82123,34821,998124,61163,025Geforce GTX 460 2GB* +395%--3,63522,876---Geforce GTX 460 2GB** +71%
^ Windows 7 / ' Windows 10
---4,61414,634
11,785'
48,378
41,933'
25,940
13,709'
Radeon X1900 XT 512MB**---5,12310,25516,76222,564Radeon HD5450^ 1GB** ('W10)---2,6174,7567,576-Geforce 7300GT 256MB**---1,6463,…