This is a supplement to my write up on how to scrap a computer.
How To Scrap High Grade Boards
- High Grade scrap boards are worth money because of their gold content.
- Motherboards are the main boards in the computers, and things like PCI boards.
- PCI boards are the gold fingered cards that are plugged into the motherboards
- The “gold fingers” in PCIs can be cut off of high grade boards and sold separately
- Many scrap yards buy high grade boards, but like most types of scrap, people on eBay will definitely pay more then them.
- If you have more then a small amount of boards, contact a online e-scrap vender.
- Gold fingers are the gold plated connectors cut off of high grade PCI boards, or RAM
- They are easy to refine, so they sell for a very nice price.
- Cut close to the fingers, or else they are not worth much.
How To Scrap RAM
- RAM is effectively the “buffer” for data as it comes from the hard drive to the CPU.
- RAM has GOLD (Au) plated connectors. (some old ones have just tin plated connectors)
- RAM is valuable because of its gold, platinum, and palladium content.
- CPU are almost always under some type of aluminum heat sink.
- CPUs have all kinds of scrap gold.
- Gold is inside the CPU, plated on the fingers on the bottom of the CPU, and is sometimes plated on the top as well.
- One of the most valuable scrap CPUs on the market are intel’s Pentium Pro Processors, and Intel’s 386/486 CPUs.
- Every model of CPU varies in price. and when the model was made could also effect the value.
- Every hard drive is made of milled aluminum with a stainless steel top
- It has a small high grade board on it.
- Each has two super strong neodymium magnet inside.
- Can be sold for 50¢ a pound.