What to Do with Old Computer Parts?
Old computer parts – what do you do with them? Replacing your PC is a more straightforward decision than deciding what to do with old PC parts. Do you discard the old PC the way you would with any other trash? What about the security of your data?
If not disposed of properly, could someone retrieve it and use this information against you or your company?
These are all valid concerns, and this article will offer you practical solutions on what to do with old IT parts you no longer need. We’ll also discuss a computer’s components so you better understand what exactly you’re working with when reusing old computer parts.
What are Some Uses for Old Computer Parts?
There are many uses for unwanted computer parts, which is why discarding old computers in the trash is not the best option. Here’s a list of ideas you can do by yourself to repurpose your old computer parts. We’ll dig deeper into the ideas in the following sections so you can understand what to do with these unwanted parts:
- Gift a friend or family member with the old PC
- Donate your computer to a charity that offers them to those that need them
- Sell your computer to an electronic waste recycling company
- Use the old computer to learn how to build a PC
Components of a Computer
Knowing what to do with these old parts starts by understanding the components that make up a computer.
The motherboard Is the core component that connects and communicates with all other parts of a computer. It’s a printed board made up of circuits that distributes power and instructions to all the computer components. The motherboard also enables the communication between the Random Access Memory (RAM), Central Processing Unit (CPU), and other hardware.
The motherboard located within the computer’s case looks like a circuit board with multiple wired connections.
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is essentially the logic unit that executes commands. Also known as a microprocessor, the CPU performs all computer instructions by executing logical, arithmetic, and any other operation done by a computer user.
The essential components of a CPU include a control unit and an Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU) that registers, processes, and stores instructions.
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
Also known as a graphics card, the GPU is the component that connects to your monitor to display rich and clear graphics on your computer. It’s also a processor that runs graphical operations either as 2D or 3D representations. The GPU grew in demand as video games required high-end graphics.
It’s important to note that the quality of your monitors goes hand in hand with the graphics card, which means that having a high-end graphics card will not deliver high definition images on a low-resolution monitor.
The Random Access Memory is hardware that stores temporary data about your computer’s processes and programs. The CPU & GPU access this provisional data to run operations because it’s faster to read and write from the RAM.
In addition, Random Access Memory is volatile because it’s contents are retained in the hardware as long as the computer is switched on. If you turn off the PC, all RAM data is lost—additionally, application programs and your Operating System boots from the Random Access Memory.
Hard Disk Drive
The Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the central storage unit that stores programs, files, and folders. Hard disk drives are now solid-state in newer computers, so they have no moving parts to fail. Known as Solid State Drive (SSD), it’s a non-volatile device that connects to the motherboard and power supply. Most hard drives are placed inside the computer but can also be purchased separately and connected via USB or other high-speed connection if a user wants additional storage.
The Hard Drive stores all the data, programs needed to function.
These accessories come as external parts that are easily detachable from the main computer and easily connect to any PC. They include keyboards, mouse, printers, external webcams, external hard drives and microphones.
What to do with Old Parts?
This section will look at some possible uses for older and unwanted parts and how to reuse them.