Just saw this in my slideshow, my trusty old server. I remember buying the AMD Sempron CPU and ECS motherboard from Fry’s on my birthday in 2004. I underclocked the CPU, maxed out the case with hard drives, and stuffed in a bunch of fans before putting the server in a closet. For the next 8 years, this box served media files, housed backups of documents, and ran SETI@home. The PSU was replaced once, and later when I had spare SATA terabyte drives I added an SATA card and replaced the old PATA drives. Other than that and Windows updates, I never had to shut down or reboot (see systeminfo output below). In 2012, I consolidated parts and finally took it out of commission. If I hadn’t, it would probably still be running today.
Host Name: XXXXXX
OS Name: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration: Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type: Uniprocessor Free
Registered Owner: Jonathan Young
Registered Organization: Jon's Company
Product ID: XXXXX-XXX-XXXXXXX-XXXXX
Original Install Date: XX/XX/2004, 7:06:07 PM
System Up Time: 65 Days, 2 Hours, 37 Minutes, 50 Seconds
System Manufacturer: VIA Technologies, Inc.
System Model: VT8367-8235
System type: X86-based PC
Processor(s): 1 Processor(s) Installed.
: x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1 AuthenticAMD ~1196 Mhz
BIOS Version: VIA694 - 42302e31
Windows Directory: C:\WINDOWS
System Directory: C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume1
System Locale: en-us;English (United States)
Input Locale: N/A
Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana
Total Physical Memory: 255 MB
Available Physical Memory: 71 MB
Virtual Memory: Max Size: 2,048 MB
Virtual Memory: Available: 2,008 MB
Virtual Memory: In Use: 40 MB
Page File Location(s): E:\pagefile.sys
Logon Server: \\XXXXXX
Hotfix(s): 33 Hotfix(s) Installed.
NetWork Card(s): 2 NIC(s) Installed.
: VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter
Connection Name: VIA Internet Connection
DHCP Enabled: No
: 3Com EtherLink XL 10/100 PCI TX NIC (3C905B-TX)
Connection Name: 3Com Filesharing Connection
DHCP Enabled: No