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Dad of 4, advice on short-term fixing antique collection on a dime?

Budget (including currency): hopefully nothing, a few tens of CHF if worth it in the short term.

Country: Switzerland

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Sims 4 (all 4-5 machines), WoW Classic maybe up to WotLK (all 4-5 machines), Space Engineer and Minecraft (2nd best machine), WoW Retail (My machine with raiding in mind, 2nd and 3rd machines with just casual exploration in mind)

Other details : Dad of 4 kids, ages 5 to 10, back to gaming after a loooong hiatus, I seek help on what to prioritize among the many devices I've gathered, with near to no budget for the coming year, space is very much at a premium at my place :


Following is the current functionnal inventory :

#1 : Custom self-built desktop, Win 11 : i5-8600K, Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B cooler, 16GB DDR4 RAM (8GBx2/2), M.2 SSD 500 Go Samsung , Asrock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac (has TB3), GTX 1080, in compact Silverstone RVZ02 Raven case, running Win 11 : satisfies even recommended hardware requirements for WoW DF. Plugged into 27' Samsung Space Monitor (QHD, 144Hz, FreeSync). Drive would be easy to swap but for the RAM I'd have to remove the cooler. Depending on requirements for the coming expansion, and hardware releases, I might consider upgrading near the end of this year (also budgetary issues). A bit old but barely saw any use the last 5 years so should have potential left.

#2 : 2nd hand custom prebuilt, Win 10 : i7-7700K, Intel AIO single fan watercooler, 16GB DDR4 RAM (8GBx2/4), NVME M.2 SSD 500 Go WD Black SN850 with heatsink, Asus ATX board (need to recheck reference), GTX 1070, in a full size case, with a dedicated sound card. Previous elderly owner had it to play MS Flight Simulator, and it came without any drives. I wanted to directly graft my son's SSD to it but ran into issues, also maybe there was a RAID I need to find out how to get rid of that messes up with startup, asking me to enter UEFI each time. Daughter runs Sims 4 for now, could run Space Engineer and WoW but it takes a lot of room space.

#3 : 2nd hand compact Medion prebuilt my brother gifted my 10y old eldest, Win 10 : Intel Pentium G3250, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5' SSD 500 Go Samsung, MOBO and PSU are probably proprietary, no extra cable for GPU, GTX 750. He's happily playing Minecraft and Lego games on it, but he's stoked on Space Engineer and its unsufficient for even minimal requirements for WoW DF.

#4 : Thinkpad T410s, Win 7 : i5-560M, 8GB DDR3, 1.8' SSD 160 Go Intel, Nvidia 3100M. I used it to play WotLK up to ICC25 back in the days so maybe it has more oomph than I give it credit for?

#5 : Thinkpad X201 Tablet, Win 7 : i7-620LM, 3GB DDR3, 2.5' SSD 480 Go, kids like to draw on it, and I got my old Civ IV saves on it.


Here's the vaguely to entirely non functional hardware :

#6 : Acer Predator G9-593 laptop : i7-7700HQ, 16GB DDR4 RAM, M.2 SSD 256 Go, 2.5' 1 To HDD, GTX 1060, the laptop has TB3. The screen got cracked and I've been considering replacing it (already dissasembled), but in the meantime, as I was using it as a desktop plugged to an external monitor, I ran into driver update issues and only after several months found a way to output something, but it seems I'd have to do a total reinstall as I'm more or less stuck in safe mode. I don't want to waste money on a replacement screen if its not worth it. Otherwise cool looking gaming laptop with RGB that has appeal to the kids, and good cooling.

#7 : old HP Z420 workstation I got from work : Intel Xeon E5-1620, 16GB DDR3 RAM (ECC), 2.5 SSD 128 Go Samsung, MOBO and PSU are proprietary, GTX 960. Probably has PSU issues as regularly it will beep error signals when starting, and other times work just fine. If worthwhile I'd have to replace the PSU with a proprietary one or a standard one with adapter.

#8 : old Lenovo H50 compact workstation I got from work : Intel i7-4790, 8GB DDR3, no drive yet, MOBO and PSU are proprietary, GT 745. Won't start up with only error signals, PSU is most likely dead. If worthwhile I'd have to replace the PSU with a standard one with adapter, or I could cannibalize its CPU and RAM to upgrade #3.


In addition, I have the following spare parts :

#9 : 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 MHz DDR4 sticks matching the ones in #1, brand new (was a 32GB set).
#10 : M.2 NVME 2 To Samsung 980 Pro with heatsink, brand new (meant for #1, but hesitant on wether to clone or reinstall, luckily M.2 slot should be easily accessible, or save for a new future build).
#11 : 2.5' SSD 480 Go Adata, second hand
#12 : GTX 550 Ti (lol)
#13 : 3 FHD external monitors for the kids in total, one has built in audio (via jack, no HDMI, only VGA and DVI), one had HDMI and DVI but no speakers, the last has only VGA and DVI.


It's getting a little pressing, given that one kid ruined the Nintendo Switch cartridge holder pins, so all the multiplayer games are unavailable, adding to my list of to do/maybe get a new one.


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@JMvS007First of all. Kudos for taking up the massive task of managing that many kids and PC's for them. 

#1 and #2 seem fine. You can of cours add ram and M.2 drive (don't need to replace the 500GB drive for boot, but you can clone to the new drive if you want to)

Take CPU and ram from #7 and put in #3

#7 seem ok, apart from PSU? PSU looks like a standard ATX, maybe 20 pin for motherboard which is also standard on newer ones. I would add the 480gb SSD.

Alternatively use laptop #6 and add the 480gb SSD to that, use with external monitor..




On most ATX PSU's 24 pin is 20+4 pin:



CPU: Ryzen 5800X3D | Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 Elite V2 | RAM: G.Skill Aegis 2x16gb 3200 @3600mhz | PSU: EVGA SuperNova 750 G3 | Monitor: LG 27GL850-B , Samsung C27HG70 | 
GPU: Red Devil RX 7900XT | Sound: Odac + Fiio E09K | Case: Fractal Design R6 TG Blackout |Storage: MP510 960gb and 860 Evo 500gb | Cooling: CPU: Noctua NH-D15 with one fan

FS in Denmark/EU:

Asus Dual GTX 1060 3GB. Used maximum 4 months total. Looks like new. Card never opened. Give me a price. 

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