First post, by detritus olentus
Because why not? I was off from work with nothing to do all day so I went over to Microcenter on the other side of Philly and picked myself up the cheapest SSD and a PCI SATA card. The process means having to install Windows XP and then launching setup from XP with the Windows 7 DVD. It didn't even take that long, I was expecting more lengthy install times but maybe the SSD helped with that. It it surprisingly usable everything considered (so long as it isn't graphically demanding) and I took it on-line briefly with a bridged connection from my laptop to check for driver updates. Was using the no SSE version of the backported New Moon (née Palemoon) for browsing which it does alright but multiple tabs start to bog it down. Have all of the operating system effects save for text smoothing shut off and the color knocked down to 16 bit. Managed to strip the home premium HP OEM key from my broken college laptop and use phone activation to make it official. Even tried a little cable management. And look at that outstanding windows experience index!
Specs: Dell Optiplex GX110
-Pentium 3 933MHz
-512MB PC100 ram
-16MB TNT2 graphics (its the only PCI I've got)
-120GB Inland Professional SSD (microcenter house brand?)
-SYBA SATA controller