Instructional videos were created by USF students in Dr. Zoetewey's Advanced Technical Writing course (ENC4260).

Drink Station video created by the following students.

Arcade cabinet video created by the following students.

Arcade cabinet designs can be found at the following link.

Software and instructions on installing and setting up games can be found at the following link.


This option has potential to be a lot of fun. Channel your creative side and think of a unique new role for your old PC to take on. People all over the internet have come up with imaginative and often useful purposes for old PCs. Either choose one of these ideas and make it your own, or devise your own clever purpose. Below are two nifty ideas along with videos on how to build the projects.

Drink Station

This is a must have novelty for any tech geek or gamer. How cool is it to renew your energy after hours of storming the castle by pouring yourself a tall glass of Mountain Dew out of your own PC drink station? This handy gadget sitting next to your new PC in your battle station is sure to help you keep fragging into all hours of the night.

You can even get creative and add a large cold plate or other method of cooling for your drink station.

Classic Arcade Cabinet

Do you remember hitting the local arcade to pour all of your allowance into Pac Man, Donkey Kong or Space Invaders? Perhaps you spent afternoons pummeling your friends in Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, or Killer Instinct. If you do and you have plenty of space in your home, this project may be perfect for you. Building an arcade cabinet and utilizing open-source software to create a classic arcade cabinet to play all of your favorites is a fun use for an old PC. Watch this arcade cabinet take shape.