So in today's outing I grabbed a box of RAM for $10, stoked and slightly bummed, as I was hoping to find some slightly bigger DDR3 in it, but still made out like a bandit on the DDR2 and DDR, it had 13 2GB DDR3 sticks, 2 2GB DDR2, 21 1GB DDR2 sticks, 10 1GB DDR, and a mini PCIe broadcom wifi. But been having trouble scratching up 2GB DDR2s, and I would maybe have ended up paying $10 per stick for those. However, they are the "Vogons's favorite" /s OCZ sticks. 4 of the 1GB are also OCZ. The 2x2GB are Fatal1ty 6400, 2x1GB of SpecOps 6400, and 2x1GB of "Vista upgrade" edition.
Anyway, that should completely "flood" my DDR2 systems for the foreseeable future and my DDR systems. Though.... anyone know where to get DDR2 and DDR3 "SIMM stackers/trees" from? 🤣
Also grabbed 2 VIA USB PCI cards, an iogear mini-keyboard/maxi-remote, an extra USB IDE/SATA device, and a network cable tester. That was about $20 for all that.
I was in two minds whether this was retro or modern, but more than half the RAM was DDR2 and DDR, and it's not like DDR3 is so so modern now we're at DDR5.
Got excited when I spotted a graphics card box ... HD5450 yawn... I got 2x 6450 and a 7450 I think I'm good.
Weird thing... last night I was pondering my best hit rate for sale selection, what was it in common about the neighborhoods where I was finding PC hardware most often... I decided it broke down to about 60% being in subdivisions/neighborhoods where there were circles and crescents, often being on said circle or cres, about 30% being in "country", houses just outside of town, and 10% being indefinably random, old neighborhoods, new, apartments, whatever... So picked first group of sales to visit, a street sale, on a crescent, BOOYAH.. one dude with the table full of tech bits where I got the RAM and SATA/IDE and keyboard, then 3 doors down, guy had 3 system units for sale... not anything I wanted though, P4 thinkcenter, two core2 class, nothing interesting looking in them for graphics/sound etc and cases didn't hit any buttons, so passed, but holy crap, talk about confirmation bias 🤣
Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.