Being a student also restricts my budget. I would like to keep the cost down as much as I can with a maximum cap of $800 (but less would be appreciated). This will also need to cover the operating system, which will be Windows 7 64 bit I believe. I have been looking at the Intel Core i-series CPU's and would like to use one of them in the build. I am open to any and all suggestions of what to buy.
I have a Compaq desktop that I purchased in January of 2005. I know close to everything is outdated on it but if anything can be spared I would like to reuse it. It has a 250 gig hard drive that I was wondering if it could be reused or not. It also has a dvd drive that I would like to reuse if possible.
I am also open to any suggestions of pre-built desktops or laptops if you know of any that will suffice.
I also forgot to add that the computer will not be used for gaming. However I will be using it for internet browsing, school work (mainly Microsoft Office applications and Solid Works), and also to download video and music files.