When considering getting an old computer, one of the biggest telltale features to consider before acquiring the system (unless you get it for free) are the capacitors. Avoid the system if it has bad capacitors.
Learning how to unsolder and solder can be helpful. Why throw away a good motherboard if you can fix it without too much trouble.Hopefully that is what I can do with this motherboard.
A while back lots of brand name computers had bad capacitors. People were getting the monitors and computers for scrap. Once the caps were replaced, the equipment was sold for full resale price.
From hackaday: http://hackedgadgets.com/2014/10/25/lg-flatron-w2052tq-monitor-teardown-and-repair/