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BRAINSTORM! What would you do with a completely functional but underused desktop?
Ever since I got my Macbook in late 2008, my desktop has basically been relegated to gaming duty. It's still pretty good at that (3.0ghz e8400, radeon 4850, 2gb ddr2ram), but since getting a PS3, I've also found my gaming being shifted very much towards that. Pretty much all I still expect to play on a computer these days is any new release from Valve or Blizzard. Anything else works great on the PS3, at least for me. I'm generally not into the more "mainstream" crop of shooters (COD et al.), and the only RTS game I enjoy consistently is SC2.
It currently contains one hard drive running a very minimal install of Windows 7. The only programs I have installed are Steam and other games, and some geophysical interpretation software that I'll need for a class in a few weeks. So, that hard drive won't be going anywhere. This case has room for several additional hard drives (Antec P180). I've been toying with the idea of installing Ubuntu on it on another hard drive, just for the sake of fiddling. But, I have no idea what I'd use it for beyond that. Understand this: I use my Macbook for almost everything, and I ADORE OSX. It feels like it was made for me. All the software I use these days is on this thing. So, any other OS I use secondary to it needs to bring something pretty big to the table. Windows 7 has gaming, and that's really all I like about it. What does Linux have? I've considered putting another drive in and using it as a file server... but I definitely can't do that alone. I'd need to get some friends who are geekier than I am to help me out with that.
So, I'm sort of stuck on what to do with this thing. I've pretty much accepted that I won't be able to sell it for as much as I want to, so I think I'd better just hold onto it and try to put it to some use. But... what? That's where you come in. What would you do with it if you were in my position? Brainstorm!