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How do you determine the salvage value of a computer?

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2011-09-13 01:05:30
2011-09-13 01:05:30

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

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