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How do you store your computer parts?

Postby Jorpho » 2011-9-14 @ 21:30

I saw http://thereifixedit.failblog.org/2011/ ... -it-right/ today and thought I'd ask: do any of you have some genius method for storing all your miscellaneous computer bits?

Of course it's great if you have the space for all the original boxes, but I for one do not have that luxury. I suppose a nice compact OEM-style white boxes would be handy for all my spare cards, but I know of no convenient supply for boxes of that specific size.
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby sliderider » 2011-9-14 @ 21:46

Static free bags and bubblewrap.
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby Jorpho » 2011-9-14 @ 21:48

Well, of course. That goes without saying. But once you've put them in static free bags and bubble wrap, what do you do with them then?
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby leileilol » 2011-9-14 @ 22:24

Wrapped up in static bags and bubble wrap, I put them in a very very isolated plastic storage container, with labeled cardboard boxes sorting out the types (i.e. AGP2X box, AGP4X box, ISA video box, VLB video keyboard box)
I don't have the original boxes for many of my hardware anymore.
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby bestemor » 2011-9-15 @ 00:05

Examples of boxes for non-small items:
http://www.ebay.de/itm/50-Maxibrief-Kartons-350-x-250-x-50-mm-weis-/110328987883?pt=Kartons_Schachteln&hash=item19b01ec0eb

http://www.ebay.de/itm/50-MAXIBRIEF-KARTON-250-x-175-x-50-mm-weis-/290378024432?pt=Kartons_Schachteln&hash=item439be105f0

etc....

+ something like this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/White-Ink-Jet-Mailing-Labels-1-x-4-500-Pack-AVE8161-/400243141241?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d3059aa79


Mobos, graphic cards, occational hdd, whathaveyou.
Depending on storage duration, then perhaps on shelves, in closet, or inside a bigger regular cardboard box.

Ok, so this is mostly a German specialty (Maxibrief, google it), had a hard time getting a large heavy box of........ boxes sent to my country, non-EU and all - but glad I did, makes it so easy to stack'n'store... :cool:

Though the postage to Canada might not be worth it...

And these things:
http://www.blackmoreit.com/products/parts/newcpubox10pack-new-cpu-boxes---socket-7--socket-370--socket-478---x10.html
fits snugly in a http://www.amazon.co.uk/Leitz-Allura-5208-Drawer-Cabinet/dp/B000TKH5HM/ref=sr_1_1?s=officeproduct&ie=UTF8&qid=1316044785&sr=1-1
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby MaxWar » 2011-9-15 @ 00:33

At the moment i have them all over the place, boxes, shelves, half completed towers all around, my workbench is a total clutter and im in sore need of more anti-static bags. Eventually ill get somewhere with all the projects im doing at the same time.

But ideally i like to match retro hardware with retro furniture:


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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby Malik » 2011-9-15 @ 01:39

I store my odd parts in "newer" boxes like my main system's motherboard box, some sound cards in my AWE32/64's boxes, video cards in my graphic cards' boxes, memory modules in my PSP box, classic CPU's in a separate box, etc.
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby sgt76 » 2011-9-15 @ 01:46

Anti-static bags, and then placed in cardboard boxes on open shelves. But I'm runnin out of space fast!!!
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby mr_bigmouth_502 » 2011-9-15 @ 01:56

DUDE! You have a Touch Systems box?!? I've owned a few of those myself. :D
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby leileilol » 2011-9-15 @ 02:41

So do I! Friggin' oem case.
Voodoo2s aren't 100mhz stock
Geforce256 isn't released as a beta on New Years '99 under the Quadro brand
386DX vs SX isn't about a missing FPU
DOS gaming isn't a bilinear 320x200 16:10
DOS PCs aren't better than the Macintosh
Old PCs aren't 'aesthetic'
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby Tetrium » 2011-9-15 @ 05:35

Jorpho wrote:Well, of course. That goes without saying. But once you've put them in static free bags and bubble wrap, what do you do with them then?

I put them in kiwi boxes which all are the same dimensions.
The boxes I either put on shelves or stack real high.

The cards in the boxes I try to lay in such a way (a bit like a puzzle) the parts don't scratch eachother, or only with minimal rub when handling the boxes.

The boxes are labeled so I know where what is.

Only prob is, I recently found out the "window" in my attic lets UV light through and some cases had started to yellow, so I moved all white (or yellow :P) cases away from there.


Screws and other tiny parts I keep in those small plastic suitcase-like boxes.

Time for a cup-o-coffee! :D
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby Davros » 2011-9-15 @ 06:09

Original boxes ftw...
@maxwar is that the ibm model m keyboard, the one of legend :D
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby MaxWar » 2011-9-15 @ 06:24

Davros wrote:Original boxes ftw...
@maxwar is that the ibm model m keyboard, the one of legend :D


lol no, i dont think i have any legendary keyboard. Its a model M clone from AST.
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby Robin4 » 2011-9-15 @ 13:33

Jorpho wrote:Well, of course. That goes without saying. But once you've put them in static free bags and bubble wrap, what do you do with them then?


You can do it in boxes (cardboard of plastic ones) Then put the stuff in and laying it where you have space for? Maybe in a wardrobe or something like that. :lol:
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby ProfessorProfessorson » 2011-9-15 @ 19:14

USPS Priority Mail flat rate boxes. They offer a few sizes perfect for video cards, motherboards, storing hard drives and cd drives, etc, and are easy to stack. I used to store arcade game pcb this way in the large flat rate ones. Bout the only game I was not able to store in one was a Primal Rage pcb.
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Re: How do you store your computer parts?

Postby jheronimus » 2017-11-20 @ 09:34

I just started organising my stuff recently:

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I used to store everything on the brown rack and you can imagine how messy it got. So the white 5x5 rack on the left is a real saver. I still need to come up with some system for sorting the parts, though. Most of my stuff is Socket 7, but I have a little bit of everything, from 8088 to Slot 1. I also have a small storage box with sections for everything from RAM to mounting screws and a tray with CPUs.

Honestly I can't imagine myself bothering with static bags — I like to have everything easily accessible and on display.
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