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Starting off, I live in the bay area/sf area in California.

I tried looking on maps but all stores sell marked up old hardware. Craigslist only offers bogus scams or some decent mining used equipment* that are still priced high enough to the point where id just buy it online, because ill be damned if I have to drive all the way out there!

Is there a way to look for parts? Which recycling centers, or places should I look to? or is it a no go here? My school is looking for new computers because their recent ones got their ssd's destroyed by children basically. should i look there?

 

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*I did find a decent g4400+mobo and a 1050 for 160USD, but its too far! Its the only reasonably priced thing there short of hacking an optiplex.

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3 minutes ago, youmanyousef said:

 because their recent ones got their ssd's destroyed by children basically.

Hang on, how?


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9 minutes ago, youmanyousef said:

Starting off, I live in the bay area/sf area in California.

I tried looking on maps but all stores sell marked up old hardware. Craigslist only offers bogus scams or some decent mining used equipment* that are still priced high enough to the point where id just buy it online, because ill be damned if I have to drive all the way out there!

Is there a way to look for parts? Which recycling centers, or places should I look to? or is it a no go here? My school is looking for new computers because their recent ones got their ssd's destroyed by children basically. should i look there?

 

Thanks

*I did find a decent g4400+mobo and a 1050 for 160USD, but its too far! Its the only reasonably priced thing there short of hacking an optiplex.

 

How far away are you from a Fry's Electronics?

Whenever I am down in the California (Fremon + Oaklan area), I always find a few hours to drop by.

Prices are reasonable, and they have pretty big sales every so often.

You need to talk to them in-store, but they will price match online prices (e.g. NewEgg, Amazon).


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10 minutes ago, TheClueLessMajority said:

Hang on, how?

Yeah true i feel you, but this was multiple students (lots, classes worth), and they all use the same district server so every time someone logs in it writes the few hundred megs to the ssd, and deletes it after a week and when they installed Minecraft and fortinte it was for each and every single one of the users for each computer, sooooo  yeah the ssds read/write cycles died, in a year.

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8 minutes ago, -rascal- said:

 

How far away are you from a Fry's Electronics?

Whenever I am down in the California (Fremon + Oaklan area), I always find a few hours to drop by.

Prices are reasonable, and they have pretty big sales every so often.

You need to talk to them in-store, but they will price match online prices (e.g. NewEgg, Amazon).

I live in Alameda/Oakland, so the nearest one is around an hour and a half. I guess I didnt mention I dont have a car, and asking anyone to do it for me is a huge favor.

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1 minute ago, youmanyousef said:

I live in Alameda/Oakland, so the nearest one is around an hour and a half. I guess I didnt mention I dont have a car, and asking anyone to do it for me is a huge favor.

 

Ugh right...

Even if you take the BART you still need to walk a bit after that.

 

From what I can see, they're all private owned PC stores in the Alameda/Oakland area...

Since Fry's say they ship things for free, wondering if you can set something up with them (e.g. money transfer or Debit?)


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Just now, -rascal- said:

From what I can see, they're all private owned PC stores in the Alameda/Oakland area...

Since Fry's say they ship things for free, wondering if you can set something up with them (e.g. money transfer or Debit?)

again, I see why not just use amazon, or newegg w/rebates!

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there is some e-recyclers in Oakland that will sell to people, but they really prefer bulk. 


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6 minutes ago, GDRRiley said:

there is some e-recyclers in Oakland that will sell to people, but they really prefer bulk. 

HEY! theres one walking distance car distance that i never knew of, but there hours are real short. Ill try to go there tomorrow.

It only has OLD stuff, and nothing more recent than I would say 5 years at most

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11 minutes ago, youmanyousef said:

again, I see why not just use amazon, or newegg w/rebates!

 

Fair enough.

I had the impression you  were looking for parts locally (e.g. cannot buy from online).


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1 minute ago, -rascal- said:

I had the impression you  were looking for parts locally (e.g. cannot buy from online).

I live in the bay area, so its really no choice (a. Living here is mighty expensive so we need internet/b. no one here is intrested in computers, not even mining)

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1 hour ago, youmanyousef said:

Yeah true i feel you, but this was multiple students (lots, classes worth), and they all use the same district server so every time someone logs in it writes the few hundred megs to the ssd, and deletes it after a week and when they installed Minecraft and fortinte it was for each and every single one of the users for each computer, sooooo  yeah the ssds read/write cycles died, in a year.

Oh, that's interesting. . .


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7 hours ago, youmanyousef said:

Yeah true i feel you, but this was multiple students (lots, classes worth), and they all use the same district server so every time someone logs in it writes the few hundred megs to the ssd, and deletes it after a week and when they installed Minecraft and fortinte it was for each and every single one of the users for each computer, sooooo  yeah the ssds read/write cycles died, in a year.

You dont need to replace the computers for that... just change the ssds to hdds.

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15 hours ago, Origami Cactus said:

You dont need to replace the computers for that... just change the ssds to hdds.

i asked them that but they said it take so long to reconfigure them in into the network that it would cost more on IT than just buying new ones i guess... Im not sure

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8 hours ago, youmanyousef said:

i asked them that but they said it take so long to reconfigure them in into the network that it would cost more on IT than just buying new ones i guess... Im not sure

Wth

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