It would be plenty. Dell isn't a great manufacturer, and a 17.3" laptop is lacking in portability which makes it less ideal for school, but definitely powerful enough to run Windows 8.
I go to college online and it will just replace my XP desktop. I need to figure out 8.1. I'm on my old Vista to finish an
assignment until I figure it out. Can't even use my USB because where/how do you open it?
Thanks for the advice:).