Where can I find rare chips & CPUs?
Well, there are many
options to get chips for your collection. The easiest way is
definitely Ebay. It is often
a very expensive way, but sometimes you can buy extremely
rare chips. Or sometimes you are really
lucky and you will get a rare CPU very cheap. But don't
think it will be easy to grab a bargain on EBay.
You have to search for wrong entered part numbers, wrong
descriptions, parts in wrong categories,
best are "unknown seller". They don't have the
know-how of chips and sell them cheap or place them
in wrong categories. Then it is possible to get a rare chip
Here some Ebay links for cpus and chips:
on Ebay.de :
on Ebay.com :
The next option is the
forum on cpu-world. Many collectors from the world meet
there to speak about
chips and cpus. This forum was really a personal gain for
me and my know-how about cpus.
There is also a section for selling and trading chips where
you can buy or trade.
Recycling and Scrap
cheapest way to get parts for your collection is the scrap
dealer. All computers and electronic stuff
collected on special recycling places. But in some countries
the law does not allow to pick up parts from the
computer garbage (data privacy). So you always have to
persuade the responsible person of the
places to support your hobby. I am supported by a big
company who is collecting and demounting all
garbage from my province. So I must not demount computers
and machines, I only have to sort the main
boards and pick
up the processors and chips.
So I am able to find the maximum of chips and cpu's to save
them from the recycling and keep the history alive!
board will be checked...
The next option for
you to buy chips and cpus are chip distributors and
traders. Most of them are
extremely expensive. For example: at a trader in US I
requested a quote for a 8086 cpu. The price
was 2400 $ !!!! I did not buy this chip :-)
But I found a company in Germany who is selling very cheap a
lot of chips. Most chips there are
used, but always in very good condition.
This company is named DEMOTRONIC.
Search what ever you want in their online part list, request a
quote, and you will see this Company has really
cheap cpus and chips from any
The people there are very friendly and helpfully. So if you
find a chip, and you are not sure if that is the right
one, or you want to see it, they will take a picture of it.
Usually they have about 30.000 different parts on stock!