After some research, I also decided to buy a desktop. I'm going to use this for:
1. MS office
2. Internet - email, surfing
3. Minor editing of my pics using Photoshop
I don't watch videos and youtube and play games. I'm planning to use this for 4 years or so.
I'm a student and on a limited budget and based from my research, these are 2 desktops that fit my budget (under 550 bucks) with good specs I think. I also prefer a WI-FI ready desktop.
OPTION 1: HP Pavilion 500qe Desktop PC
Grand Total: 521.00 dollars
OPTION 2: Dell Inspiron 3000s Desktop Computer
- Intel Core i5-4460 Processor 3.2GHz
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
- 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM
- 1TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive
- Intel HD
- DVDRW Drive
- 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
- 10/100/1000 Network
- Dell Wireless-N 1705
- Bluetooth 4.0
Grand Total: 528.00 dollars
I think Dell has better specs but I have no experience with Dell products before. I used to have an HP desktop and it has been good to me. Should I be loyal to HP with lower specs or buy a machine with better specs @ almost the same price? Based from these models, is there a better model (not sure about computer naming hierarchy like Inspiron, Pavilion etc) than the other? Dell is a smaller tower but it has a vertical CD/DVD drive. Do you think vertical CD/DVD driver will crash easily due to gravity? :-P
Also, if you have any very good desktop recommendations other than these 2 that's within my budget, pls let me know! Sorry for the long intro :-)
Thank you guys for your help!