Need advice trading in my current laptop and building a gaming PC
Hi all, heres the current dilemma I am in:
I'm a college student who is majoring in comp sci, so I know a lot about computers and I know how to build a computer, but I'm kind of a noob when it comes to knowing what kind of parts to by as far as brand
Anyway, right now I have a very powerful Dell 6000d laptop computer with a 15.4" widescreen, Centrino M processor, 1gb ram, 128mb graphics card, upgraded screen...pretty much a small step below the XPS. It ended up being 1,700 which was a great deal (34% off) with a 3 yr warranty (did it just to be safe)
However, with all this power, it still falls short playing games like CS: Source, and handling a lot of tasks at once. So what I am thinking about doing is getting a small cheap laptop that can handle all the basic tasks for notetaking and such (just to bring to class), and then using the leftover money to buy a really powerful desktop pc.
I figure I can get about 1,300-1,500 on ebay if I sell it right now based on what has been sold on there so far. So, using this money, I would like to buy around a $500 laptop, and then use the other 800-1000 to buy a really good desktop.
What kind of system can I get with this money? Keep in mind that I need a flat-screen monitor as well. Is this a good trade off from what I have now? Thanks in advance!