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How to reuse an old PC: what to do with an old computer

Recycle your old computer at home. We offer twelve suggestions of what to do with an old PC

You've just bought a shiny new PC and you're wondering what to do with your old machine. Throwing it out makes you feel guilty as it's perfectly functional. You can do plenty of things with an old PC besides sending it to the recycling heap. Let's take a look at a few ways you might reuse an old PC.

12. How to reuse an old PC: Sell It

Somewhere on eBay, someone is looking for a computer. They may not be able to afford a new PC, or are looking for a second PC for the family. Your old PC, at the right price, may be just what they need. Assuming it all goes smoothly, everyone wins: you unload your old hardware, which finds a good home with a new user who can appreciate it.

However, it's not as simple as selling it at a garage sale. For one thing, scammers cruise both Craigslist and eBay, looking to convince unwary buyers to take deposits that mysteriously vanish when you try to cash them. Always be suspicious of anyone who has an overseas address.

My general rule of thumb is to stick to selling only in the UK, if it's eBay. Also, using an escrow site such as Paypal (required for eBay anyway) gives you a sense of security, although clever scammers still manage to take advantage of PayPal.

As we've seen, an old computer can have many uses, particularly if it's still in good working condition. And not all uses for a PC require quad-core systems with high-end graphics. So if that old system is sitting in a closet somewhere, dig it out and put it to use. Who knows? It might be your PC that identifies the signal that's the first sign of intelligent life outside our planet.

See also: 10 ways to re-use an old PC

  1. Recycle your old machine at home
  2. Donate it
  3. Dedicate it to 'Distributed Computing'
  4. Secondary computing server
  5. Sell it
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