Hey guys, here's the deal. I've been using my 4 year old Asus laptop for all my photo processing, and its starting to really hate me. I have Lightroom 4 and Zerene Stacker and I'll probably get Elements in the future.
My school offers anywhere from a 10-20% discount on Dell computers, so I was thinking of using them although they do offer 10% from Apple. I'm not computer savvy, so building one is pretty much out of the question (although if the price/performance ratio is just too ridiculous, I can ask a friend to build it for me).
So I would really not want to go over $600, and that will need to include the monitor and everything as well. Not sure if going used would be a good idea?
Based on my extremely limited research, this is one option I have come up with.
P.S. - If you have suggestions about building, you're going to have to dumb it down