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Swap my laptop PC for a desktop PC box of similar value, sell it or what?

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#1 Punchy71


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 08:54 AM


  I have recently been thinking of swapping my used Windows 7-era laptop for a used desktop pc tower box of similar value. What kind of box can I expect to swap such a laptop for? The laptop I have to trade is a Toshiba Satellite L505 that currently has the Linux Mint 13 (soon to have Ubuntu 13.10 ) operating system on it. Here are the specs on it:


-AMD Vision Athlon II Dual-Core M300 2x 2000.00Mhz (I think that means its 2 GHz) processor

-2835 MB (I think that means its 3 GB)

-250 GB Hard Drive

-DVD RAM multi rewritable optical drive

-15.6" display


  Overall, it's in pretty good condition with only one of the keyboard keys starting to come off. Otherwise It works fine.

  What options do I have as far as trading it is concerned? By that I mean, would I be better off to trade it locally with a used computer shop, with some individual over an internet forum, or join a local computer club and trade with a club member? Or some other option... such as selling it outright on a forum (can I post it on this forum somewhere for sale) or Craigslist? I don't really like using eBay anymore and I would much rather deal locally rather than go through the hassle of shipping it. But I might consider shipping it if I find what I'm looking for.


  I would like to have a desktop pc box with HDMI output on the back, however, it doesn't necessarily have to have this feature.


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#2 defanged


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 04:56 PM

heh I feel like a dork. I posted such a similar post a few minutes ago. I guess I'm not getting any help either. Let me try to help you:


Your laptop isn't worth a whole lot (sorry :( ). It's pretty outdated, and laptops are dirt-cheap right now, brand new and with better specs. I would try ebay - - a lot of times people will buy older equipment for parts. Also - slightly unrelated - you say have an OS loaded... Most times when you are going to pass an old computer off to a new owner, the first thing you want to do is format your hard drives. You might not have any sensitive info, but you never know, and it's a good habit to get into.


Your situation is slightly different than mine in that it is definitely possible that you might have a friend/family member looking for a new laptop who might want to take it off your hands. Knowing the person that you're buying used equipment from makes a huge difference in saleability. Oh - just thought of something - I worked in a small computer repair shop for a while, and we often bought old laptops to fix up and resell. You could try the local repair shops in your area.


As for your desire to have a desktop with an HDMI output... are you looking to connect a monitor that connects via HDMI? Or something else? You should be able to locate something that works for you in your price range (which wasn't stated, but...) - - if you have any more questions, feel free to PM me. I'll do my best to help you out.

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