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Whats the value of this computer?


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#1 justcheckingin

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:46 PM

I'm a college student with a lack of money to spend on a computer but my laptop just died on me and I need a new one for computer classes.

I would obviously prefer an i7 but I can't find one for a decent price.

How much would you spend on this setup? (used)

Dell XPS 15 i5 8Gb Ram 500Gb

Specs:
Intel Core i5 M460 2.53
8GB DDR3 RAM
500Gb Hard drive
Windows 7 home premium 64bit
Nvidia GeForce GT 420M 1Gb AND Integrated Intel graphics for battery saving
15.6" wide screen 720p
JBL 2.0 Speaker with integrated subwoofer on the bottom
Webcam 2.0 megapixel and does HD video
DVD writer
EXTENDED 9 cell battery ~6 hours of battery life
BACKLIT keyboard


Or for anywhere between $300-700 could I build a better one? If so, what should I look for?

Things I typically use my laptop for would be: programming, photo editing, surfing the web, watching movies, listening to music, and occasionally video editing.


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#2 justcheckingin

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:28 AM

Is anyone able approximate the worth of the laptop?

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:53 PM

I might go up to $200 for it if it were really clean. That in part would be because I have no need of the fancier video which could also mean it was run hot during gaming. The next thing I'd be doing would be to pull the hard drive and install it into a external case an d install a SSD as the Boot drive. 120Gb or 160Gb.

Keeping in mind that I'd want to wipe and reload it just to be safe.

Keep in mind that a lower level New laptop can be had well under $400 with warranty as New.

Also one of the first things to go is the battery so the first thing I'd expect to spend money on would be a new battery.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:55 AM

FWIW: I would be reluctant to buy a used laptop...lack of warranty, unknown system condition, unknown problems, inability to work on myself...would deter me and compel me to buy new.

Even if you went refurb...the warranty is minimal (probably 3 months), even though the unknown may be eliminated (at least for 90 days).

I'd take a look at what I need as the most important factor...rather than what I can get that might...do the job.

Seem to be a ton of laptops for sale in my TigerDirect ads which I receive daily.

Although it may be possible to build a laptop...you don't want to ever go that route, IMO. Unless you are quite adept at maintaining/trouble-shooting system/computer problems...it's wise to know that someone reliable is on the hook to do such, for at least a year.

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