I have a 7 year old laptop. That is still running as new. I have a 2 year old 64 bit Vista dual core super beasty. Also a Nettop (flat with monitor on top) dual core with XP... The two dual core machines I bought as basic models and added lots of bits. They are all networked so I can swap stuff about easily.
I have a few broken computers about the place too that I use for spares. I haven't spent much on them. The Nettop is an Intel clone, came complete with OS and was £117 just a year ago. I already had a 19" monitor. The big 64 bit machine was almost a present, my son gave me £200 and my Ex £100, I had to find the rest. I have a 22" monitor on that, it has 4 gig of RAM and an Nvdia 8600 512 graphic card in it. To buy the equivalent would have cost me rather a lot of money. I live on benefits and don't have any money for luxuries.
I have a day for maintenance, Wednesdays, when I get any Windows updates. I update everything else and make sure all the scans are up to date and everything in good running order.
I have just ordered a terrabyte external drive as I have a lot of movies and don't really want them on the main computer drive...
Then you will have to rebuild the XP machine. I presume you mean ROM drive? They cost peanuts now.
My ex wanted a flat screen monitor and went to a district in town he knows well. He didn't want a large screen as he lives in a caravan. So he went into repair shop and asked, they told him they had what he wanted for £20... however there was no lead. He said he would carry on looking and set off to the next place, met a friend who said he had one for £5, but said he should look in a warehouse down the road. He did, found a 15" one and asked how much the guy said you can have it, no-one wants them nowadays... That was all assembled with a old pentium 3 and an illegal copy of xp pro and runs great... We even found a 128 Nvdia graphic card that fitted. Not got much memory though but it does what he wanted it to do...
Now you have some incentive to get the old XP machine rebuilt. It is fun doing it too.
Must admit though I have been really tardy, my Vista 64 needs a case fan fitting, they sent me one that is a bit too small, however I can make it fit. I have 2 USB external fans (the hot weather type) that I have on during the Summer, right now I have one of them rigged to blow into the Vista whilst I get round to installing the case fan. It will only take 10 minutes I expect. It is the thought of messing about with all those bloody wires.
I have a 12 foot bench in here with all sorts of stuff on it, the 3 computers 2 printers a Wacom tablet, sound system, scanners and camera... The amount of wires is horrific. there are 3" holes in the bench for the wires to go through, however it is still like a load of black spaghetti all over the place... A real glory hole...
Oh I d love to upgrade my stuff but I've had some serious health issues the last few years (many heart attacks and surgerys)! It's left me with no income whatsoever! My current Vista machine will have to do till they plant me!!