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I have collected over 20 motherboards off various computers. All of them still have processors, RAM, everything...What can I do with them that would be productive? What type of modifications would be required to incorporate new components to build a new system around them?

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    Where would I start to achieve:
    1) identifying the parts that are universal
    2) locating a schematic to use as a template
    3) are there different types(standards)of MB



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Hello Sir, depending on the generation of motherboards, you can separate all new motherboard with P4 processor as spare parts, or for rebuild, and old motherboards as for displays, I have seen artist use old and busted motherboards as backgrounds mounted on a picture frame, have also seen several motherboards mounted as a back drop on a plasma TV mounted on a big picture frame. these are really good ideas. they are selling as well as picture framed. As for the new ones, they can still be used for home, as a rebuilt computer, they do still have pep to process new softwares.

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With this different parts that you have you can build new system, you can check first which of those are still working fine like the processor and RAM, If some processor are not working fine you can get the working RAM and put it on some motherboard that supports them.

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