if you are using your PC mostly at one spot at home, then a desktop definitely has advantages. Laptops are good for students and such that are using their PC in different locations all the time..
Which version of windows is personal preference. Most users like the win7, but it does come with baggage. win8 can be modified to interface like win7 using classic shell and is much less taxing on resources.
another alternative is the linux series of OS ( Operating System), which is recommended for so many reasons and can be adapted to allow functionality like windows. judging by the malware that saturates the cyberwaves via windows, linux is gaining appeal in sure fashion because for the most part, it is dodging the malware effectively.
there are pre-built desktop bundles available for reasonable budgets, most home users would find that most appealing, the plug-n-play deal. the so-called warranties and service contracts that go along with them is what most users are comfortable with.
there are nice CPUs ( i3 and pentium G series dual cores, and also the AMD APUs) available in PCs nowadays for appealing budget range.
as mentioned above, the RAM should be fine at 4gb for most users., with the option of expanding later on if need be. the thing about RAM is that i see it all the time, where users are installing applications and freeware crap without regard, and the next thing they know is that their RAM is being used up by all the stuff that is loading at initial boot-up.
would you be looking to get your new PC from a store like wal-mart or best buy? would you be comfortable ordering one from a site and having it delivered? If you would like to have one custom built, there will be plenty more options available, but the budget might get invasive.
oh yes, congratulations on putting your old Dell out of service and thanks for allowing us to assist in your new PC acquisition.
Edited by synergy513, 23 May 2015 - 02:57 AM.