I've posted this thread on TSR (https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=4624438) but have only received responses from one user who has been very helpful and suggested I create a thread here as well as to get some more recommendations.
Laptop or Desktop?
I would prefer a laptop but would consider a desktop computer if one can be found at a good price and under or within my budget.
My budget for the new computer is:
£400 to £500. There might be some leeway here but ideally I would prefer a laptop/computer under £500.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Checking emails, web browsing, using Microsoft Office applications (specifically Word and PowerPoint).
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
I do not intend to use any software on my computer except for AVG anti virus (which I currently have installed on my laptop).
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
I used to play Rome Total War and Football Manager on my old desktop computer and at one point on my current laptop but haven't played any computer games for more than 4-5 years. I guess in some way it would be good if I was able to play both of these games on my new laptop/computer but I'm honestly not too bothered. I've never really used my laptop/computer for gaming as I've always had my game console for that.
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?
I multi-task when web browsing so tend to have multiple tabs running but do not usually have lots of different programs running. I almost always close a program once I'm done using it. I do, of course, have my AVG anti virus software installed on my laptop so I'm not sure if this means it is running in the background or whether it's just a anti virus software/program that's installed and only in use when running scans on my laptop.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Yes, I store a lot of photos and music files on my laptop.
Will you be overclocking?
I had to Google what this meant but still don't quite understand exactly what this is. Anyway, no, I will not be overclocking.
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
I'm from the UK so UK prices/links please, if possible.
How many monitors are you planning to use?
Just the one main monitor on the laptop/desktop computer.
Do you need peripherals? OS?
Not sure what exactly this means but I do have a printer installed on my laptop.
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
Recently, I noticed that whenever I closed my internet browser, my laptop would suffer from the "blue screen of death" and then restart. Thankfully, this hasn't happened for a couple of weeks now but it did happen 2/3 times about less than a month ago. It's also gotten slower in terms of booting/shutting down times - it sometimes takes a while for my laptop to start and shut down. However, that aside, my laptop is still running perfectly fine but I would like to look at some laptops/computers and have some options in place should I have to replace my current laptop.
All responses will be much appreciated.