The power of computing has changed rapidly over the years. Modern generation smartphones have computing capabilities that matches or are better than the main frame computers of yesteryears. A single transistor, which is smaller than a fingernail, provides the same number crunching powers, which required hundreds of diodes a couple of decades ago. All of these advancements are possible due to miniaturisation of electronic products such as semiconductors. Thanks to nanotechnology, it is possible for electronic engineers to cram more electronic parts onto integrated circuits. The prices of high end computers, which were previously out of the reach of most people, have fallen immensely due to mass production, making it possible for most families to own one of them. This is largely possible to the design and production of multilayered motherboards, which allows designers to cram hundreds of millions of electronic components on them.
Why you should upgrade your PC?
If this is not enough, the processing powers required by latest programs are so much that the user has to update their motherboards every year. While it is possible to reuse the same display unit, hard disk drives, and memory chips (RAMs) for several years, it is necessary to change the motherboard once every two years or so, if one wants to use the latest software. More often than not, people purchase a new motherboard. However, if a PC is more than five years old, it is better to change the entire unit, instead of changing just a few parts. The latest DDR3 memory chips will not fit in old motherboards. It is the same with USB ports as well, with version 3.0 providing a higher transfer capacity than version 2.0. In case you plan to discard your outdated computer, you should learn about proper disposal of pcs.
Hazardous metals, present in motherboards
Most parts of the PC, including its cover and the electronic mechanical parts, are non biodegradable. If you dump them along with your household waste, the residential trash removal services of your city will pick them up and dump them along with other garbage in landfills. The motherboard, along with the other electronic components and the PVC casing of the computer typically contains toxic carcinogenic heavy metals such as chromium, mercury. cadmium, and lead. Over a period, these metals will leach into the underground water and contaminate it. Plants that grow in such soil absorb these contaminants and find their way into the human system through vegetables. Keeping these things in mind one should be extremely careful regarding disposal of PCs. The same rule applies to dumping of motherboards as well.
Free disposal of unwanted computer parts
The good news is that most companies that manufacture motherboards are willing to dispose off your unwanted computer parts free of charge. The next time you purchase a motherboard, check its manual. It contains a section that provides you with instructions about the proper method of disposal of PCs and motherboards. Most of these companies, if requested, will send over their personnel to collect your old computer parts. While they recycle certain parts, they dispose of the rest in a proper manner.