Selling Laptop and building my own. Price for laptop/quality of build?

ToxicVapor

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I'm looking to sell my laptop because it is too big and clunky for school but not powerful for what I want it to do.(bad Sony Vegas performance, gaming ability isn't where I want it to be)
The specs:Toshiba Satellite P855-S5200
Intel core i7@2.3 GHz
8gb ram
Intel HD 2000 Integrated graphics
500gb hard drive
Windows 7 Ultimate

A site where you input your computer (can't find it again) appraised it for $320. Is it worth more or less?
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Also, I've been looking at builds on a subreddit. This is the link.http://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/wiki/builds

I was looking at the $700 build or getting the 'next gen eradicator' but adding a little more ram, because it is a little more affordable for me.

Which should I go with?
 

g-unit1111

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You can appraise your laptop yourself. Here's how:

Take what you paid for the laptop, subtract salvage value (if there is any), divide by the life of the unit, and in the year of sale multiply by the month of the sale (January = 1/12, February = 2/12, March = 3/12, etc).

For instance, an $800 laptop with a salvage value of $175 and a life of 2.5 years would depreciate like this:

Year one: (($800 - $175) / 2.5) = $250
$800 - $250 = $550

Year two: $550 - $250 = $300

Year three (if selling in April) : $250 * (4/12) = $83.33

$300 - $83.33 = $216.67.

This gives you a value of $216.67. This is considered the book value. If you sell your laptop over this value it's considered a gain on sale. If it's sold under this value consider it a loss on sale.
 

g-unit1111

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You can appraise your laptop yourself. Here's how:

Take what you paid for the laptop, subtract salvage value (if there is any), divide by the life of the unit, and in the year of sale multiply by the month of the sale (January = 1/12, February = 2/12, March = 3/12, etc).

For instance, an $800 laptop with a salvage value of $175 and a life of 2.5 years would depreciate like this:

Year one: (($800 - $175) / 2.5) = $250
$800 - $250 = $550

Year two: $550 - $250 = $300

Year three (if selling in April) : $250 * (4/12) = $83.33

$300 - $83.33 = $216.67.

This gives you a value of $216.67. This is considered the book value. If you sell your laptop over this value it's considered a gain on sale. If it's sold under this value consider it a loss on sale.
 
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