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What To Do With Old Graphics Card?

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At some point it’s time to say goodbye. Even the fastest graphics card eventually become slow and obsolete. The newer models simply become faster and more efficient. The big chunk of silicon that was previously well stored in your PC eventually ends up lying around your home unused and waiting to be disposed of. But the question is how?

It is clear that electronic devices such as graphics cards do not belong in normal household waste. Instead, the card should be disposed of as environmentally friendly and resource-saving as possible and in accordance with applicable guidelines. In the following article, we will tell you how this works and whether you can still use the card again or at least turn it into money.

Before you finally get rid of your old graphics card, you should first consider whether to repair it or find an alternative use is possible.

1. Repair or have it repaired

If it is a newer and more expensive model, such as an NVIDIA RTX 3060 or higher, a repair can often be worthwhile. Here you have the opportunity to show off your skills and perform some basic repairs by yourself. However, we strongly recommend amateurs to hand over their broken graphics card to professionals.

A quick Google search will show you nearby repair shops that repair graphics cards. Or you can mail the card to a repair shop. Examples of well-rated options here are Microcenter or Northridgefix.

2. Reuse as a second card or put it in an HTPC

If your card is still working smoothly and just doesn’t provide the necessary performance, you can think about an alternative purpose. Possible ideas would be putting it into a retro gaming PC, with which you could play titles from the past, or a computer for your son or daughter, in which the card could find a second home. Another solution could be a gaming-capable media center in the living room, which you can also use to play and stream music, films and TV shows.

If repair and reuse aren’t options, you should consider making at least some money or doing something good with a working graphics card.

3. Sell ​​among friends or on online marketplaces

If repair and reuse aren’t options, you should consider making at least some money or doing something good with a working graphics card. You can often still sell old graphics cards to friends or on an online marketplaces such as eBay. You usually don’t get the full price. But the card has already served you well in return.

Even broken cards can often be sold for a small price. Buyers are then often hobbyists who want to repair the card themselves. In this case, however, make sure to clearly mark the card as “non-functional”.

4. Give away or donate

Those who can do without the money may prefer to give away or donate their card. In the circle of relatives there are often nieces and nephews, grandchildren and granddaughters, who are looking for a nice graphics card which they can’t afford.

And of course you can also donate your graphics card. Non-profit associations such as National Cristina Foundation offer low-income people a low-threshold access to donated hardware. And on Google Maps you can search for nearby facilities that accept donations in form of electronics, among others.

If the graphics card cannot be saved and cannot find a new home anywhere, the last step is disposal. Here you have various options, which vary depending on the location, district and other factors.

5. Urban disposal via recycling center, building yard or collection campaign

If the graphics card cannot be saved and cannot find a new home anywhere, the last step is disposal. Here you have various options, which vary depending on the location, district and other factors.

All communities have an opportunity to get rid of e-waste like graphics cards in one way or another. Recycling centers and municipal building yards usually accept graphics cards free of charge. However, there are often collection campaigns for e-waste, where the graphics card is taken away. Here you should check whether prior registration is necessary and what the possible costs for collection will be.

6. Give it to an electronics retailer

Finally, if disposal through the community is cumbersome, you can also get rid of the card through an electronics retailer. Here you can often send in graphics cards free of charge.

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Frank is the Editor-in-Chief at ViCadia. He is an avid PC gamer, as well as a tech enthusiast. Besides being a tireless writer, he is also ViCadia’s web developer.
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