Worked in computer recycling 4 years in two different companies, best job I ever had. I've seen thousands of computers torn apart only to show up on ebay years afterward for reasonable amounts of money. CRT monitors are finally worth something! Once in all that time I found strong evidence of mouse infestation. whole thing was nest. Years afterward, thinking that was a somehow isolated incident, having been through so many computers, one came out of my own storage with a motherboard that had been lived on. the ram and hard drive were cleaned off and used for other projects, but I liked that motherboard... I can't see usable technology being torn apart and melted for scrap at all unless they're really gone. Video cards and motherboards have been re-awakened from non-working status by using a solder re-work or re-flow station that amounts to putting them into an oven for a time, and they work fine after... This may be splitting heirs for some people, but for the energy conscious of us, we like this stuff, and want to see it get used again.