I'm new the site, and stumbled across it via Google. I'm looking to get a new computer. I currently use a Dell Inspiron E1505 Notebook. It was given to me as a high school graduation gift by my parents in 2006. I like my laptop, but have found that I prefer desk tops. I have been doing some research and seem to have narrowed my search some, however, I'm not sure.
I am a JR in college, and am on a tight budget, which is playing a large factor in my decision. My school has a deal with Dell to get pretty good savings on certain models. I can get the Optiplex 755 Minitower for $838 instead of $1,202 or I can get the Optiplex 755 Small Form Factor for $838 instead of $1,252. However, I have heard that the Dell Inspiron 530 is a very good PC as well. Obviously I would like to upgrade certain specs to make the computer better, but this is where I need help. I can get my way around the computer fairly well, however, I don' t know much about what to upgrade, and how far....or even if I should get it with Vista or spend the extra $120 on the 530 and get it with Windows XP.
I don't do a lot of gaming on my PC, however, I never really have had a great gaming computer. I do most of my gaming on my XBOX 360, so I'm not too concerned about my sound card or video card or anything. I don't want it to look and sound like garbage though. I spend most of my time on the internet, I do play games on the internet, like addictinggames.com and things of that nature, however, I'm not a WoW player or anything like that.
Being in college I do a lot of Word processing, and write a lot of papers, presentations, etc...
Any help here would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking to stay under $1,000 if possible. I might be willing to go $100 or $200 over that if it is an extremely good upgrade that shouldn't be passed on.