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 Post subject: Buying computers
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 6:02 pm 

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How much would be too much to pay for 150 used computers without HD's? Thanks innadvance!


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 Post subject: Re: Buying computers
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:19 pm 
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Depends on so many things.
Are you going to refurbish or scrap.
Are they desktop, tower, laptop, server-> how old, what processor or range. My general range for 150 would be $75-$300 depending on above and more.

There’s a lot that goes into a price. For me anyway. If we’re talking 150 current XPS or Falcon computers, big bucks. 150 mid 80s-mid 90s and i’m even higher!
$1500 for 150 pre-intel Macs. More for Apple // and other 8, 10, 16, 20-32bit stuff.
On the other hand if it’s 150 Celeron laptops I’m looking at around $50. Or less.
I always lowball laptops and usually don’t win. Good. They’re hard to repair and hard to scrap. But if those laptops are 1998 or so, or older, I’m rethinking things. Those are worth the trouble to repair. And worst case the scrap value is there on large socket motherboards with a minimal of soldered down components that old.

No reason to give you a price blindly.
If I were blindfolded and had a gun to my head and was told “bid”…? $100. Relatively safe gamble. Working power supplies from desktops can fetch $15, $20. So sure.

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 Post subject: Re: Buying computers
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:47 pm 

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They are HP compaq dc5800 towers. NonHD's and unknown RAM. All did work before HD's were removed.


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 Post subject: Re: Buying computers
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:19 pm 
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Celeron, or Core 2 chip.
1, 2, or 4 GB ram.
Intel express chipset
Low end intel graphics.

Resale fully tested
with drive with Windows $30-$80
With drive no OS $20-$60
No drive $10-$30

Pure scrap is probably around $5 each; the exact depending on how you handle different components and what cards are in the units.



With systems like this I’d pop the case. Install a matching copy of windows on a single 80GB drive. Get a nice long drive cable. And take that drive to each unit one by one. If it boots to windows pull the memory, power supply, processor. Ebay likes junk.

Scrap the case, motherboard, and extra components including cards. Nobody has 150 of these with X-Fi gold sound cards, you can’t fit a full video card in the case. So the only chance of a card of value is scsi controllers or math/3D cards.

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