thanks both of you for the help.
i want to get as fast a computer i can for general needs (booting up, moving folders, surfing the web, transfering files, multitasking, opening up programs fast, etc...) but i would like to be able to do a little gaming or watching hq vids (i dont know if i do it enough to necessitate buying a vid card) w/o the computer slowing down. pretty much i want as fast a computer as i can get my hands on so i never have to waste time waiting for things to load up.
my price range is pretty much until 500$, but if the computer gets much faster at 600/700$ then the time i save will pay myself back so i'd consider buying a pricier computer also.
i have an old moniter which i dont mind using (monitors are compatible w/ any system, right? or are the graphics much worse in old models???)
im buying a computer instead of a laptop because, from what i see, they get a much better bang for the buck and all they sacrifice is portability
im just getting into knowing about computers so please excuse my lack of knowledge in pretty much every subject there is to know anything about.
i dont mind using refurbished parts or buying from ebay but i dont know if ill get the same quality product as if i buy a new one.
anyways, that's my whole situation-help me out w/ what you can or give me somewhere to read up on these topics-i really appreciate it.
thanks a lot