Only things salvageable amounted to Bluray/DVD drive(s), power supply. It's main 2TB storage drive used on XBox One for external storage long ago. Days end, so-called upgrades required new case, CPU, motherboard, cooler and drives (SSD boot with another 2TB storage). RAM came from last years new desktop upgraded to 32GB resulting in RAM swap. The old, old system was out of commission over a year attempting fixes due to failed Windows 8.1 upgrade, endless Unbutu headaches with drivers or lack thereof. Epic failure and reason old technology amounts to disposal when something fails. Parts can't always be swapped, upgrades don't always work, drivers may no longer be supported. Almost 10 year old system, upgraded over years reached end of life due to motherboard issues.
New dual boot i5 system will do Windows 10/Unbutu or perhaps Red Hat (Later undecided). Chose Windows 10 in Canada's 2nd official language for fallback. Funny how OEM edition is $60 less than equivalent English Canada version.
Both Windows 10 suffer same anomaly - lack of Cortana. She is learning what amounts to colloquialisms; Hockey, poutine, touque, toque, NHL/LNH, pogey, drop writ, Beaver tails, nanaimo bars, Smoked Meat, Eh, plus quaint 17th century version of French mixed with Anglais using church based profanity for Québecois. Tabernac!
Anyone in immersion outside Québec would learn European or Parisian French and comprehend, speak just fine otherwise. Meanwhile, English befuddles me for simple reason it amounts to spelling, measurement and pointers for content which are working just fine using English (Canada). UK English or American English are only localized versions of English so far.
Going this route in order to learn joy of adding systems to Windows Server. Will have all OS variants covered when completed. Windows, Apple OSX, and some strain of Linux.