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Topic # 162143 30-Jan-2015 13:04
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Buying NOS (New Old Stock) PC.

What I want to know is whether a PC that was purchased new and never taken out of the box, and say was 5/7/10 years old, whether it should be "as good as new", or whether there would be significant degradation of the components over time, say capacitors just to name one thing? Perhaps even whether BIOS battery would have melted everywhere?

I realise the storage will have a lot to do with this, temperature and humidity, so being optimistic about storage conditions being ok, I wonder what component condition would be like?

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  Reply # 1225335 30-Jan-2015 13:18
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The sealed electrical components should not have deteriorated (I don't think).  Corrosion of the exterior of the components is possible depending how the item was manufactured and then stored as you have mentioned.  A BIOS battery could potentially have leaked and caused corrosion of the circuit board after it went flat.

It would be nice to think the device was 'good as new', but I wouldn't bet the house on it.  :)




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  Reply # 1225337 30-Jan-2015 13:19
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If its just a PC you don't to buy a 10 year old one even if it is unused.

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  Reply # 1225339 30-Jan-2015 13:22
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Gozer: If its just a PC you don't to buy a 10 year old one even if it is unused.

It could be something quite collectible - an antique.  Some people like the nostalgia of old gadgets.




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  Reply # 1225378 30-Jan-2015 13:54
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Depends on how it was packed. If a locally assembled one they often dont re bag things before they go back into the box with expanded polystyrene packaging. This will merge with plastic items over time to make a sticky mess which cant be cleaned off.

Lithium coin cells dont normally leak, but it will be totally flat so need replacing.




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