That really depends. Are you wanting to know how much to sell it for or perhaps determine if its worth upgrading...?
If upgrading, try to determine what it is you want the computer to be able to do that it cannot currently. For example, run the latest 3D games.
Check the mainboard's manual to see just how far you can upgrade, and then match that to the specifications of your needs.
Then check the prices for those components to determine if its worth it or not.
If you are trying to sell it, it would depend on whether or not someone else can get use out of it. If all a person wants to do is surf the net and write email, then a 500MHz Pentium II with 256MB or ram would suffice. But they could never play the latest games with it or expect it to play videos or movies with any quality.
Further, compare it to what otehrs are selling theirs for online at places like eBay or www.craigslist.org (careful, craigslist is an addicting website)
If you are speaking of salvaging something like an SGI Onyx, or Cray, well that's quite a different matter altogether. Check with the manufacturer of the machine as they often buy back those older, high powered supercomputers and mainframes.
It also depends if the computer is very old to very new.
A. the value is an exponential curve as it gets old the software and the hardware installed is insufficient to compete with a new computer. And that is the reason that never upgrade a computer if old it actually may not work. Example win xp cannot comete with win ver7. no matter what hardware you install into it.Buttom line never upgrade but spend the money when you buy a new one. Lots of RAMS and fast I/O THAT IS THE TRICK
NO, salvage value is subjective. The salvage price is usally set by bids. Depends. If it's salvage the price is very subjective. If it's salvage but reconstructed (i.e. roadworthy) it's typically worth 60% of the value of a comparable car with a clean title. Use kbb.com and edmunds.com to determine appx value.
SALVAGE VALUE The estimated value that an asset will realize upon its sale at the end of its useful life. The value is used in accounting to determine depreciation amounts and in the tax system to determine deductions. The value can be a best guess of the end value or can be determined by a regulatory body such as the IRS. The salvage value is used in conjunction with the purchase price and accounting method to determine the amount by which an asset depreciates each period. For example, with a straight-line basis, an asset that cost $5,000 and has a salvage value of $1,000 and a useful life of five years would be depreciated at $800 ($5,000-$1,000/5 years) each year.
Salvage vehicle value is highly subjective but if the car was properly reconstructed and is roadworthy it is worth roughly 60% of a comparable clean titled car. Go to nada.com to get an idea of the car's value. If it's salvage but not roadworthy, maybe 25% of the value of a comparable clean titled car.
Depreciable Value: It is the value of asset up to which any asset can be depreciated. Salvage Value: It is the value which a company can get on sale of fully depreciated asset. Estimated useful Life: It is that life of an assets which a company determine at the time of purchase for which an asset can be utilized in business to generate revenue.
Salvage value is an estimate of the value of property at the end of its usefulness. It's the price that you'd get for it when you can't use it productively. How you use the property and for how long affect salvage value. If you let go of property while it's still in good operating condition, then the salvage value might be high. If you let go of property when it's not usable, its salvage value is its junk value. For more information, go to www.irs.gov/formspubs for Publication 534 (Depreciating Property Placed in Service Before 1987).
Any vehicle, whether a total loss or not, has a value. A totaled vehicle, of course, has a significantly lesser value (assuming the actual total loss has already been settled with the vehicle owner). This value can be anywhere from 5 - 25% of the pre-loss value of the vehicle. If you decide to keep a totaled vehicle after settling with an insurance carrier, they can legally remove the salvage value from your settlement. It shouldn't be much, and you can request that they actually get a salvage quote from a salvage yard. The idea behind this is that you can't legally profit from a loss. In your case, if your totaled vehicle has a salvage value, and you're keeping the vehicle, the insurance carrier must deduct that salvage value. Otherwise, you will get a full settlement, and still retain a vehicle with some value. But...try working with the carrier on what that salvage amount is going to be. Sometimes they'll adjust it to get the loss settled, since you never "really" know what the salvage value is going to be until the vehicle is sold at a salvage yard auction.
The same way it is for a clear title, the adjuster will look at what similar cars with a similar amount of damage have sold for as salvage in the area. A salvage vehicle that's been restored to roadworthiness is roughly worth 40% less than a comparable clean titled car. That should give you some idea of where to start. Go to nada.com to determine the car's value.
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