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So I turned 21 today. Among other things, I got 400$ and access to a savings account containing 1600$. That, plus a 100$ best buy gift card I had lying around, plus the fact that the computer I currently have suuuuuuucks, makes me want to get a new computer. But I'm not really sure what to look for, so I figured I'd asked THE INTERNET! for advice.
I am not looking for a hyper-exensive ubercomputer... I'm not looking to run Crysis at max settings or anything (is that joke dead yet?). The highest-end thing I might run possibly ever would probably be Warhammer Online. The rest of the games I run regularly aren't that advanced (source/orange box engine games and WoW are the only ones that tax the one I'm on now, which is a 3-year old laptop). Something above and beyond that would be nice, but I really don't want to go super-expensive - 600-800$ is the range I want to be in. I'm hopefully going to a 4-year college this fall and want as much of the money available for that.
I'd also like something that would last a while - good warranty, easy to upgrade the parts, stuff that isn't failure-prone, etc.
So... any suggestions?
(side note: this was copied from G&T. I don't mind buying prebuilt computers and in fact it might be slightly preferrable because I don't know how a warranty would work on a built one - the only reason my current computer has lasted so long is because I got an awesome 3-year warranty on it, so if possible I'd like to get that again - but if the price difference between self-built and pre-built is big enough I'd consider it)