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    Computer parts Breakdown and identification

    Ok here goes my attempt at sorting out all the different types of computer parts and what they are commonly called.

    Lets start with the inside look of the whole computer.

    As you can see there is alot going on in there.
    Top left of picture is 2 dvd/cdrom drives and a 3.5 inch drive
    Bottom left is the power supply
    Bottom right is the motherboard and everything attached to it.
    Top right is the hard drive.
    On the motherboard
    Top left in the black slots you will see a ram stick.
    Middle left you will see a fan. Under that fan is the heatsink and CPU
    Bottom right you will see 2 PCI/AGP/FINGER Cards sticking up vertical from the motherboard.

    Now lets get a closer look at all the diferent parts out of the case.
    Lets start with different motherboards.

    This is a motherboard from a server.


    These are motherboards from home computers.




    You will notice they do look different. Most home computer motherboards will have square on them where the CPU plugs in where as a server board will usualy have slots card style CPU's or square mounted CPU's on riser cards.

    Also home computer motherboards will usualy have 2 to 4 ram slots. Servers have alot more. If you look at the server motherboard all the white slots on the left side are for ram. This server board has room for 18 sticks of ram. That would be about a full pound if they were all full.


    In this picture you can see the different types of RAM chips.
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    Laptop/Printer style ram
    Oldschool 386/486 EDO RAM Silver or Gold Fingered
    Newer style ddr/ddr2/ddr3 RAM
    Server Ram
    Here is a picture of what most people call rambus. You will notice its just like a regualr RAM chip just cased in metal. Some of these are very easly removed. They use to sell heatsinks you could slip over your ram.
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    Computer parts identification

    Ok here goes my attempt at sorting out all the different types of computer parts and what they are commonly called.

    Lets start with the inside look of the whole computer.

    As you can see there is alot going on in there.
    Top left of picture is 2 dvd/cdrom drives and a 3.5 inch drive
    Bottom left is the power supply
    Bottom right is the motherboard and everything attached to it.
    Top right is the hard drive.
    On the motherboard
    Top left in the black slots you will see a ram stick.
    Middle left you will see a fan. Under that fan is the heatsink and CPU
    Bottom right you will see 2 PCI/AGP/FINGER Cards sticking up vertical from the motherboard.

    Now lets get a closer look at all the diferent parts out of the case.
    Lets start with different motherboards.

    This is a motherboard from a server.


    These are motherboards from home computers.


    You will notice they do look different. Most home computer motherboards will have square on them where the CPU plugs in where as a server board will usualy have slots card style CPU's or square mounted CPU's on riser cards.

    Also home computer motherboards will usualy have 2 to 4 ram slots. Servers have alot more. If you look at the server motherboard all the white slots on the left side are for ram. This server board has room for 18 sticks of ram. That would be about a full pound if they were all full.

    Server Ram
    Here is a picture of what most people call rambus. You will notice its just like a regualr RAM chip just cased in metal. Some of these are very easily removed. They use to sell heatsinks you could slip over your ram.

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    Ok now on to diferent types of CPU's

    This picture shows the 3 different stages of a SLOT Processors. when selling these they have to be removed from the plastic case like the one on the bottom.


    This picture is of metal toped green fiber CPU's Commonly found in Pentium 4 systems, amd systems, and some mac's


    This picutre is of pentium and AMD green and brown fiber chips without metal tops. these are usualy pentium 2 and 3 and early amd series.


    This picture is of ceramic pentium and amd chips. Usualy these are pentium 1 chips notice no gold tops.


    Here is a pic of a golt top pentium chip.


    This is a pentium pro gold top chip. From what ive found out this is probable the heavist chip of them all and has the most gold content per chip of them all. Ive seen these sell for 20 to 30 bucks or more each on ebay.


    This is a 486 chip. The 386 chip looks just like it. These are the best chips by the pound as far as gold recovery goes. DONT throw these in with your ceramic chips they are worth about 3 times as much right now.


    This is the black fiber chips. They look and feel like plastic.


    These are PCI/AGP/FINGERBOARDS These plug into the motherboard and are usualy what you see when looking at the back of a computer. They have the gold finger looking things running down one side of the card.


    These are 3.5 inch floppy drives. Most people will just break off the gold connector you see in the middle drive in the picture and throw it in with there gold conector ends.


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    Ok now on to diferent types of CPU's

    This picture shows the 3 different stages of a SLOT Processors. when selling these they have to be removed from the plastic case like the one on the bottom.


    This picture is of metal toped green fiber CPU's Commonly found in Pentium 4 systems, amd systems, and some mac's


    This picutre is of pentium and AMD green and brown fiber chips without metal tops. these are usualy pentium 2 and 3 and early amd series.


    This picture is of ceramic pentium and amd chips. Usualy these are pentium 1 chips notice no gold tops.


    Here is a pic of a golt top pentium chip.


    This is a pentium pro gold top chip. From what ive found out this is probable the heavist chip of them all and has the most gold content per chip of them all. Ive seen these sell for 20 to 30 bucks or more each on ebay.


    This is a 486 chip. The 386 chip looks just like it. These are the best chips by the pound as far as gold recovery goes. DONT throw these in with your ceramic chips they are worth about 3 times as much right now.


    This is the black fiber chips. They look and feel like plastic.


    These are PCI/AGP/FINGERBOARDS These plug into the motherboard and are usualy what you see when looking at the back of a computer. They have the gold finger looking things running down one side of the card.


    These are 3.5 inch floppy drives. Most people will just break off the gold connector you see in the middle drive in the picture and throw it in with there gold conector ends.

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    This is a 5.25 inch floppy drive. I would put these on ebay and sell them instead of scrapping them. But if you want to scrap them you can take the board off of these just like you would a cd/dvd drive.


    This is a 3.5/5.25 combo floppy drive. DO NOT SCRAP THESE. Sell them on ebay. I just sold this one for $20 with free shipping on ebay untested. So after shipipng and fees I still made about $12.

    OK these next three pics show me taking apart acd/dvd rom drive just to get the board out. It took me a whole minute to do it and take all 3 pics. These boards fetch motherboard price if im not mistakin. Back panel was held on by 4 screws and then lifts right off. Then board just held in by plastic clamps and it to lifts right out. If you get DVDRW drives dont scrap them either. I sell them for $15 on ebay and $20 for the lightscribe ones.





    This is a pic of all diferent kinds of EPROMS/IC CHIPS/FLATBACKS. They all sell for same price.


    This is called ribbon cable. Cut the black parts off this is where all the gold plated pins are. When cut from copper wires throw them in a bucket with your connector ends from other cables like monitor and printer cables. Shown below.



    This is power supply. Personaly I just cut the wires off and throw the rest in my shred. Some yards will pay low copper breakage for them too. All depends on yard. Some yards even have there own prices for them.


    These are 3.5 inch hard drives. There are older 5.25 inch hard drives and 2.5 inch you will find in laptops. They pretty much all look the same. Pull the baords off and sell them seperate. They usualy go for 2 times the motherboard rate or better depending on buyer. the back plate is usualy Stainless and the rest of the drive body is cast alluminum. The boards are usualy only held on with a couple screws and come off real easy.

    Well thats it I hope this helps you all and if I missed anything let me know and ill add it to this post with an edit.
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    This is a 5.25 inch floppy drive. I would put these on ebay and sell them instead of scrapping them. But if you want to scrap them you can take the board off of these just like you would a cd/dvd drive.


    This is a 3.5/5.25 combo floppy drive. DO NOT SCRAP THESE. Sell them on ebay. I just sold this one for $20 with free shipping on ebay untested. So after shipipng and fees I still made about $12.

    OK these next three pics show me taking apart acd/dvd rom drive just to get the board out. It took me a whole minute to do it and take all 3 pics. These boards fetch motherboard price if im not mistakin. Back panel was held on by 4 screws and then lifts right off. Then board just held in by plastic clamps and it to lifts right out. If you get DVDRW drives dont scrap them either. I sell them for $15 on ebay and $20 for the lightscribe ones.





    This is a pic of all diferent kinds of EPROMS/IC CHIPS/FLATBACKS. They all sell for same price.


    This is called ribbon cable. Cut the black parts off this is where all the gold plated pins are. When cut from copper wires throw them in a bucket with your connector ends from other cables like monitor and printer cables. Shown below.



    This is power supply. Personaly I just cut the wires off and throw the rest in my shred. Some yards will pay low copper breakage for them too. All depends on yard. Some yards even have there own prices for them.


    These are 3.5 inch hard drives. There are older 5.25 inch hard drives and 2.5 inch you will find in laptops. They pretty much all look the same. Pull the baords off and sell them seperate. They usualy go for 2 times the motherboard rate or better depending on buyer. the back plate is usualy Stainless and the rest of the drive body is cast alluminum. The boards are usualy only held on with a couple screws and come off real easy.

    Well thats it I hope this helps you all and if I missed anything let me know and ill add it to this post with an edit.


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    in your ic/eprom pic the 2 gold top ones should bring 100+ per pound versus 6dollars per pound on the rest

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    in your ic/eprom pic the 2 gold top ones should bring 100+ per pound versus 6dollars per pound on the rest

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    Great info and nice stock pile there PTS.
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    Great info and nice stock pile there PTS.

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    Back in my day the power supplies were scrapped as copper bearing. Do they still do that?

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    Back in my day the power supplies were scrapped as copper bearing. Do they still do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScrapperStoke View Post
    Back in my day the power supplies were scrapped as copper bearing. Do they still do that?
    Some yards do some yards dont. really depends on the yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScrapperStoke View Post
    Back in my day the power supplies were scrapped as copper bearing. Do they still do that?
    Some yards do some yards dont. really depends on the yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KZBell View Post
    Great info and nice stock pile there PTS.
    LOL thanks thats not even touching the surface. My shed looks like a bomb hit it right now and I just cleaned it last weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KZBell View Post
    Great info and nice stock pile there PTS.
    LOL thanks thats not even touching the surface. My shed looks like a bomb hit it right now and I just cleaned it last weekend.

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    AWESOME post!!! These photos will really help me.

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    AWESOME post!!! These photos will really help me.

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