Somebody steer me in the right direction...
Responses to this will come from those of you with the most patience. I am a smart guy (college grad, mech. engineer, etc.), with very little computer knowledge. I think the most tech savy computer task I've completed was setting up a wireless network in my home...ooooohhh...following directions!
Anyway, I'm in the market for a new PC...here's my situation. I currently have a 5 year old Compaq Pressario 7600. It's stock except for a Seagate 160GB slave harddrive. I would like to spend $1500 or less.
What I need. Something to game with, but not too hardcore. For example, I'd like to play the new Civilization IV (which my current machine does not even qualify for its minimum requirements). I also want a laptop for basic at-home use (browsing the net, checking email from the comfort of my couch).
There are many ways to go about this. Upgrade current PC for gaming use, and purchase a cheap laptop for browsing...toss the old PC and spend it all on a multi-purpose laptop. So many options, and me with so little knowledge. I'm not necessarily looking for any specific answers here, but suggestions as to where to start would be appreciated.