How Do You Reclaim the Scrap Gold From Old Computer Memory?

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How Do You Reclaim the Scrap Gold From Old Computer Memory?
You can reclaim scrap gold from old PCs. (computer image by Ewe Degiampietro from

You can reclaim gold from old computer memory by taking it to a precious scrap metals refinery. The only way to get any worthwhile quantity of gold is to acquire a very large number of old computers. Most refineries want you to provide at least 90.7 Kilogram of scrap computer memory to make it worth their while, and yours, to extract the gold. The gold is located on the connectors and integrated circuits within the computer memory. You can extract it yourself, but it’s not a good idea because, depending on the process used, it can be a highly toxic endeavour.

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Things you need

  • Old computers
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Remove all plastic components with pliers and a screwdriver. Take the plastic to a recycling centre and set aside anything that looks like gold. Usually the gold is located on something that looks like fingers attached to connectors and on the circuit boards.

  2. 2

    Contact a precious scrap metals refinery in your area. The key question to ask is what percentage of the price of gold do they pay out.

  3. 3

    Look online for the "spot price of gold," which is the daily price, to help you decide if you want to accept the refinery’s offer. Check out

  4. 4

    Bubble wrap the computer memory and mail via United States Postal Service Flat Rate Priority, in a USPS box, to the refinery. Depending on the quantity, you probably will want to insure the package. Safer than mailing, deliver it in person, if possible.

Tips and warnings

  • Call several refineries to compare payout prices. Ask for a few references to make sure the company has a good reputation. Also, search for the company online to see if there are any customer reviews to read.
  • If you live near the refinery, ask to view the refining process to ensure that the gold processing transaction is handled with the utmost integrity.
  • Keep in mind that the spot price is based on 24 carat pure gold. Gold with a lower number carat, such as 14 carat, is an alloy of gold mixed with other metals. Therefore, it is worth quite a bit less than the spot price of gold. Ask the refinery how many carats your scrap gold is and what per cent of spot that equals.

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