Hi all! For about the past 3 years now I've constantly been saying, "Definitely getting a new computer in a couple months, any day now really. For sure this time." I'm sure all my close friends are tired of hearing about it by now. However, thanks to my stunningly accurate mental accounting practices it turns out that I actually have a bit more money than I thought I did so I finally decided to bite the bullet and get a new computer.
For reference, this
is what I've been using since forever (note that the review was written over 6 years ago) except that I've only got a 40GB hard drive and I've bumped it up to a whole two gigabytes
of RAM. And the screen doesn't work, the battery lasts about 4 seconds if I'm lucky, one of the USB ports and the Ethernet port have never worked, a couple of the keyboard keys and the panel covering the CPU have been missing for quite a long time. Basically, there's literally nowhere but up to go from here.
I have absolutely no idea what exactly I'm looking for, and am actually soliciting help from a lot of places. If anyone could even just point me in the right direction and maybe give some hardware suggestions, I would be very grateful.
What I'm looking for:
Budget: $800 at the very maximum
Desktop or Laptop: Desktop
Mac vs. PC: PC
What the computer will be used for: Primarily schoolwork, internet use, and a lot of gaming. By "gaming", however, I'm not talking about playing all of this year's releases at maximum settings. At the very least I've got a 5-year backlog of games I still haven't been able to play that I'd need to work through first. Basically as long as I can get any strategy/RPG game in the near future to at least run, I will be happy.
I already own a monitor and all the requisite accessories for a new computer, I just need the physical tower. I'm not actually sure as to my preference between buying individual parts versus buying a pre-built machine. I am confident of my abilities to assemble the computer properly and it is my understanding that this method produces better results at a lower price, but a pre-built machine is miles ahead in terms of convenience. I could go either way, is what I'm saying, unless one option is just obviously superior to the other.
Thanks again in advance!