Up For Debate - What Do You Do With All Your Spare PC Components?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Aug 27, 2016 4:00 PM

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably at a bit of a loss whenever you make an upgrade to your PC. Right now I’m weighing up whether to buy a pair of 8GB DDR3 RAM modules, but then I’m not sure what to do with the two 4GB sticks they’ll be replacing. Lazy me will probably want to take them out and put them in the DDR4 memory’s case, ready to be forgotten about forever. Or until the next upgrade at least. But there are of course better ways to do things.

The obvious choice, and I’m guesing what most people opt for, is to the sell these components. Often this can help significantly offset the cost of an upgrade, part-funding the new components. The side benefit is that it means you don’t have an ever-expanding pile of old gaming trash in corner.

For the real tweakers there’s also a couple of alternative options. I know some like to find any means necessary to keep their old hardware in the rig, such as keeping that 60GB SSD kicking around just in case you run out of space. Then there’s the other option - offsetting your old parts into an entirely new rig. It’ll be running a few years behind the curve, sure, but it could be perfect for building a cheap living room setup or for some old-school gaming in a different room to your main build.

I know plenty of you are buying PC upgrades all the time, so what are you doing with all the tech you’ve got kicking about as a result? Do you fold it into a new build? Are you a hoarder? Do you just bung your old parts in the trash? Let us know!

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18:08 Sep-03-2016

Depending on the parts, usually I keep it under a box, for more fun later. Scavenging scrap motherboards that are still working is very fun.

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21:10 Sep-02-2016

give to a friend

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02:52 Sep-02-2016

Turn the PC into a Server Computer

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20:33 Sep-01-2016

I actually only clicked because I saw Monkey Island. &#603 Dominico Armato 9I spelled that wrong, didn't I?)

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20:30 Sep-01-2016

Build a PC out of spare parts of course! Then use it as an HTPC/Sell it for cheap/ Give away (Like what I'm currently doing for my PC-Less best friend.(I'll teach her how to use Linux too!)

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22:44 Aug-31-2016

Sell them with profit. Thats what I do with my spare parts.

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23:28 Aug-30-2016

I put them under my bed. Into a box, of course.

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16:52 Aug-30-2016

Whoa! Is this for real?? Well,I don't keep spare components, I either sell them or donate them. Yes, DONATE.

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09:18 Sep-02-2016

OH YES DONATE Donate donate.....!

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10:47 Sep-08-2016

Yeah! DONATE DONATE donate donate DOnaTE. :p

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13:57 Aug-30-2016

I find old cases and put together a bunch of low end builds with spare parts.
usually give them to someone in need of a machine or make another PC for Linux practice.

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21:43 Aug-29-2016

I keep them in their boxes. I have spare parts that could replace the damaged ones in my main rig.

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15:22 Aug-29-2016

I sell the most expensive components to help fund/ justify the purchase of a new videocard.
smaller items like gaming mouses, keyboards I keep. Easy for taking to a LAN party or such.

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12:47 Aug-29-2016

Usually sell them, or give them away when they're useful to someone

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08:47 Aug-29-2016

My old 980Ti is used as a folding card for folding@home. :=)

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15:23 Aug-29-2016

Old 980TI :D
Some people are begging for a card like that lol

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16:23 Aug-29-2016

Haha. It's my LAN machine. Got an I5 4670K there as well. Good for 1080P gaming.

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05:17 Aug-30-2016

Your Rig is delicious. .-. That is one expensive processor.

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15:24 Aug-30-2016

Thanks buddy!


Yeah. Pretty happy with it. Currently running 4600 (1.290V) on the CPU and 2088 mhz (at 0.975V) on my GPU. :-D

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03:41 Aug-31-2016

Honestly, what do you think about waiting for a 1080ti? Or the next generation of AMD Fury? I'm on the fence about what to upgrade to. >.&#60

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06:37 Sep-01-2016

1080Ti is not likely to even come out, and if so it's probably gonna be around 999 USD.


I would do what fits your wallet the best. Your current GPU is pretty good.

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07:22 Sep-01-2016

That's what I figured about Nvidia. I have to honestly wait until 2017 to upgrade smart, when (hopefully) Zen arrives on the market. Then, I will decide what GPU solution I'll go with. I really don't want to blow my wallet on something like the new Titans. >.&#60

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07:49 Sep-01-2016

Sounds smart!


Perhaps Vega or Volta will make beast GPUs! :-D

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07:06 Aug-29-2016

I shove them in the spare PCI Express ports. Never know when you don't need something. Which you most likely don't. XD

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06:10 Aug-29-2016

My spare pc components are exactly that.
Spare components.
In case Lady Fortune decides she's not in a good mood and screws with me.
Not much though, not like I've got a spare mobo or cpu lying around.
But I do have a couple of RAM modules left over, a couple of HDDs and lots of wires. Enough to keep me going should the ones that I have now fail.
If I upgrade my GPU, I sell the old ones. No point in keeping one as a spare in my opinion. Might as well sell it as soon as you can when you've already made the upgrade and get some value for it.

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06:44 Aug-29-2016

I don't know about you, but I'm happy both my siblings for being gamers, keeping my old 660 made my younger brother's build about $200 cheaper.
Here's some of what I have laying around:
AMD FX 6350 (with compatible motherboard)
2x 350GB 2.5" HDD (700GB Total)


I'll be building a budget build for my older brother who wants to get into PC gaming. Thinking about getting the RX 470 for him.
So it'll be $412 for everything/the OS, PSU(550w), Case, and RAM(16gb DDR3).

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07:35 Aug-29-2016

Knowing my younger brother he'd rather set light to his rig than accept hand-me-downs from his older brother :p
Plus, he's got a better rig than I do, so screw him :D
But you're right, ever since my wife started gaming as well I'd sooner put this 980 in her rig when I upgrade, and then just try to sell the 950 she has now.
It'll be good rig for your brother to start with. Nothing too fancy, just to see if he takes to gaming or no. Cool that you can do it with that budget, having spare parts around :)

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03:37 Aug-29-2016

I make backup rigs so if any buddies come to my place we can play some LAN Games

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22:43 Aug-28-2016

I have an Alienware 18 with 980M SLI, 32GB DDR3 and an i7-4930MX that I don't know what to do with... Thinking I should probably connect it to my 4K TV and maybe use it as an emulator machine..?

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07:40 Aug-29-2016

I'd use it as HTPC with TV :))

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11:57 Aug-29-2016

Already use my Surface Pro 3 with KODI for that :D


Somehow don't see the point in using such powerful hardware for just movies when even a raspberry pi can double as a HTPC :D

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21:21 Aug-28-2016

Gave 'em away to friends. Join the PC MA... Just play games.

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19:37 Aug-28-2016

I sold my old 650ti to a friend of mine for about $40. I still have an extremely old Radeon X850 sitting on my desk though, as well as what's left of the computer it went in in my closet.

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16:12 Aug-28-2016

i do this.. http://imgur.com/f3P8KqM
this entire thing cost me about £6.

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