My faithful old laptop is starting to give out. Two years ago it started having trouble with newish games. A year ago it stopped loading into League games in a convenient amount of time; in the last few months I've struggled to run Pandora and League at the same time. I've only a couple hundred disposable dollars (an optimistic estimate)--not nearly enough to build a proper computer but perhaps enough to give me some breathing room for now. I was hoping that those far more savvy than I could give me a rundown on what my options are and what the most cost-efficient methods to pursue them would be. I'm not sure exactly what info would be most helpful so I'll put up a few things at the bottom and gladly send anything else that's necessary.
My goals, I'd like to think, are relatively modest. I'd like to be able to play Mass Effect 4 (multiplayer especially) on release, and I'd like to be able to play League of Legends smoothly. That's really about it.
As for ways to improve my comp, I've heard adding memory (DDR2) is one avenue. My power jack is also getting a bit loose and I think that might be bogging things down, so I could get and try to install a new one. Apparently Dell Studio jacks are separate parts that can be purchased individually without mucking about in the motherboard. Anything else I can add please let me know!