How much is my laptop worth?

July 12, 2009 at 05:43:13
Specs: Windows XP, dual core 2gb ram
Not sure if this is the right forum to post this but im thinking of getting a dektop computer and was wondering how much i my Toshiba laptop is worth. i bought it back in january 2007 and paid $1200 cdn for it. since then the only thing i did to it was install an extra 1gb ram, making 2.40gb ram in total. here are the specs of it at the bottom of the page:

also what is a good brand of desktop computers? im not looking for a gaming PC but i want something that performs pretty good mabye better then the core 2 duo i got now.

or is it better/cheaper to build my own? this way everything is upgradable etc..

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July 12, 2009 at 06:39:39
"performs pretty good mabye better then the core 2 duo i got now."
I don't game and I know nothing about them but, I don't think your processor is the reason you are unhappy with you laptop gaming experience.


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July 12, 2009 at 08:17:03
You're link doesn't work but if gaming performance is the problem, it's not the CPU that's the cause, it's the low end onboard graphics that are used in *most* laptops. That's why they make "gaming laptops". Low end gamers start at about $1000 (US) & go up from there.

Without knowing the specs, it's impossible to say what it's worth. See if you can find a new laptop with somewhat comparable specs & see what it sells for, then deduct a huge chunk of money because you have a 2 yr old model with no warranty. I'm guessing $300? For instance, how does your laptop compare to this one that sells for $450?

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July 12, 2009 at 12:54:40
here are the specs:



Intel® Core™2 Duo processor T5200 (1.6GHz, 533MHz FSB, L1 Cache 32KB/32KB, L2 Cache 2MB)

Operating System

Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition


Standard Memory: 2x512MBDDR2 (533MHz)
Maximum Memory: 4GB DDR2
Expansion Modules: 256MB, 512MB, 1024MB or 2048 DDR2

Hard Disk Drive

120.0 billion bytes, 9.5mm height, S-ATA, 5400rpm.

Optical Drive

Built-in DVD Super-Multi Double Layer Drive functions:
Read: CD-ROM (24x), DVD-ROM (8x),
Write: CD-R (24x). CD-RW (10x), DVD-R (8x), DVD-R DL (2x), DVD-RW (4x), DVD+R (8x), DVD+R DL (2.4x) DVD+RW (4x), DVD-RAM (5x),

Display System

Type: TFT Active Matrix colour LCD display
Size (diagonal): 15.4” Wide XGA TFT with TruBrite™ Screen Technology
Native LCD Panel Resolution: 1280x800x16.7 million colours
External Support and Max. Colour Support (dependant On CRT): Up to 2,048 x 1536 x 16.7 million colours

Graphics Controller

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with 8MB-128MB
Dynamically allocated shared graphics memory

Sound System

Realtek ALC861 Software Sound 16-bit stereo; Intel High Definition Audio, Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in Mic, Direct 3D Sound, DirectSound, DirectMusic, MIDI(playback).


V.92 56K Data/Fax Modem
10/100 integrated Ethernet LAN,
Intel Wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g)


2 memory slots - each slot has 512MB. Zero free slots. Slots can be filled with 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2 GB modules
1PC Card slot supports one Type II PC Cards; supports CardBus.
1 Express Card Slot
Ports: 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adaptor (SD Card, xD picture card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Multi Media Card), 4 USB 2.0, RJ11, RJ45, IEEE1394, external microphone port, headphone port, RGB, S-Video Out


Full sized 85 keys with 12 function keys
2.7mm keystroke, 6mm height
Dedicated Windows Keys.
CD/DVD Control Function: Play/Pause, Stop, Previous track/Next track

Pointing Device

Touchpad Pointing device

Additional Software

Toshiba ConfigFree™
Adobe Acrobat Reader
InterVideo® WinDVD™
Record Now! Basic for TOSHIBA
InterVideo® WinDVD Creator 2 Platinum
Microsoft® Office OneNote™ 2003
Norton Internet Security™ 2006
Toshiba Express Media Player

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions: (WxDxH) 360 x 267 x 29.8/36.8 mm
Weight: 2.8kg (6.1lbs)
Color: Mist Gray

AC Adapter

75W external Universal AC adaptor input voltage (100 – 240V 50/60Hz Frequency (Universal), output voltage (15V, 5A).
Dimensions : (WxHxD) 127 x 51 x 30.5 mm
Weight: 355g


Battery Type: Removable, Rechargeable 6-cell Lithium Ion (Li-ion) 10.8V x 4000mAh capacity
Dimensions: (WxHxD) 207 x 23 x 54 mm
Battery Life: up to 3 hours 27 min
Recharge Time: Up to 4 hours off / 12 hours on


APM Support, ACPI support, PnP support, VESA support,
DPMS support, DDC Support, SM BIOS support, PCI BIOS Support, TSETUP support

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July 12, 2009 at 14:51:41
Extremely low end. The one I linked to for $450 is much better. Better CPU, more RAM, better graphics. Look at the specs:

CPU - Intel Pentium dual-core T3400 (2.16GHz)
Memory - 3GB DDR2
Video - Intel GMA 4500M

That drops the price even lower. I don't know what the Canadian exchange is like these days, but it's probably worth about $250-300 US.

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July 12, 2009 at 16:38:29
Maybe even less with the pretty small 120Gb hdd. That'll scare some buyers away.


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