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#1 JustAnotherPerson


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 12:45 AM

hey, sorry i dont know where to put this question, but how long can you store away graphics cards, ram, and a cpu? i have a spare graphics card, cpu, and ram just lying in a box and i dont know how long i should leave them there. i have a computer that works perfectly fine currently so i have no use for them as of now

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#2 jonuk76


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 09:56 AM

There is no time limit.  CPU and RAM should last pretty much forever if stored in good conditions (proper packaging, not excessively cold, hot or damp conditions etc.). On a graphics card components like capacitors could possibly degrade over time, or they may not.  I've got old hardware working that has been 15 years old.  I wasn't so lucky recently trying to revive an old PC that was just 8 years old (stored for the last 3).  It appeared to be entirely dead, I could manually start it's PSU using a jumper on pins in the connector, but no amount of fiddling would get the PC to power up in the normal way.  I decided it was not worth the effort to try to continue...


So with circuit boards like motherboards and GPU's, you might find they work or not after very long term storage.  The other issue is standards may move on and they become obsolete, as in IDE hard disks or AGP video cards...


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