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post #11 of 13 Old 08-20-2013, 06:05 AM
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I would never dream of buying a laptop new from either a high street shop or online retailer. I bought this Dell Inspiron M5110 from Ebay "For Parts Or Not Working" - it could get to BIOS but had a dead hard drive. It cost me £107 (about $85 less the VAT) and it was a little daunting to change the HDD as you have to completely dismantle it, but I bunged in a new (cost £26) 320GB 7200RPM HDD (the old one was 500GB 5400RPM) and it was working an hour later. I have since put in an extra 4GB RAM so it now has discrete graphics and 8GB RAM, and 3 x USB 3.0 ports. It was new in June 2012 at about £599!


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I would never dream of buying a laptop new from either a high street shop or online retailer. I bought this Dell Inspiron M5110 from Ebay "For Parts Or Not Working" - it could get to BIOS but had a dead hard drive. It cost me £107 (about $85 less the VAT) and it was a little daunting to change the HDD as you have to completely dismantle it, but I bunged in a new (cost £26) 320GB 7200RPM HDD (the old one was 500GB 5400RPM) and it was working an hour later. I have since put in an extra 4GB RAM so it now has discrete graphics and 8GB RAM, and 3 x USB 3.0 ports. It was new in June 2012 at about £599!


yeah i love "broken" computers. Theres nothing that can really go wrong. If it boots to bios and the screen works then its always hard drive. So easy to fix most broken computers/laptops its ridiculous. Heck i turned one that was warped with a shattered screen back into a great running laptop. Problem is it didnt close all the way lol. Broken screens are great deals, 99/100 times you put a new screen in and viola as if nothing happened.

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Heres a perfect example:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-K53TA-BBR6-Laptop-AMD-A6-3400M-Cracked-LCD-Parts-Repair-AS-IS-/330989502918?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item4d108301c6
just over 100 bucks that could easily be fixed, even needing new hard drive and ram and a LCD its still worth it, might have to start turning a profit on these laptops online tongue.gif
Or here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-Y510-Idea-Pad-Laptop-LCD-Not-working-properly-/221267777921?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item3384965981
only needs a screen for less then 120 bucks a ok laptop
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www.woot.com often has laptop deals. there is one today actually, $999 for an i7 gaming laptop

i also agree with the post above advocating slickdeals.net

both sites are a great resource and i check them every day. happy hunting!
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