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Is it moe cost effective to replace my motherboard or simply by a new laptop?

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Motherboards for this system are selling for $80 to $200 on eBay.
so the call is really up to you. a new laptop usually starts at about $350
http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Presario+M2000+motherboard&_sacat=0&_fromfsb=&_trksid=m270.l1313&_odkw=Presario+M2000&_osacat=0

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