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    Newbie help

    I picked up around 30 dell computer towers a couple days ago. In the past I have just thrown them in a junk vehicle and hauled them off. Now that I have a small hoard I was wondering if their is any money in all these or should I just call them scrap metal and haul them off?



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    Yes there is money in them. Break them down and ship the boards to a buyer. There are several buyers on the forum.

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    Yes read the old threads. Mike
    "Profit begins when you buy NOT when you sell." {quote passed down to me from a wise man}

    Now go beat the copper out of something, Miked

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    As a matter of fact the towers are the easiest to break down.

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    Watch some you tube videos on scrapping a computer so you get familiarized with what to look for. After the 3rd computer you will be familiar enough to know what to sort and make piles of. The ram and cpu's are the easiest to pull and worth the most $$$$$$ Good luck with it

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    Thirty should be enough to get a tidy sum if you do the breakage. Good luck.

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    Before you go tearing them apart. Whats the model number?

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    Your Dell PC towers most likely have in them:
    CPU - the most valuable part for gold recovery/collectors market;
    Matherboard - where all electronic components are connected together. The option is to sell it on the aftermarket or for PM/gold recovery. If latter you can choose to depopulate the valuable things off it for your own gold recovery or sell it fully for a higher price to somebody else;
    Hard Drive - aftermarket or for scrap (high grade aluminum case + control board for PM/gold recovery);
    RAM sticks - most likely for gold recovery only as the technology for them develops so fast the size of the memory on them doubles almost every year;
    Expansion cards (Audio card, Video card, Network card etc.) - unless somebody upgraded them recently before they sold you the PCs, they are only good for PM/gold recovery but it never hurts to check the Ebay prices before you decide to scrap them as the amount of PM/gold on them is far less in comparison to the money you can sell them for even at 25% of the price of the new ones;
    CD/Floppy drives - not worth much as scrap for PM/gold recovery but may have some value on the aftermarket;
    Electric wires - have copper value and gold/silver plated connectors.
    Power supply unit - take them apart for copper.

    Your scrapyard will pay for the whole towers more than for steel but less if you would take them apart and sell the components from them separately.


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