I've recently gotten some intrest in coming back to PC, well atleast getting a PC for gaming. When I started school for my graphics design major, the school required I get a Mac Book Pro. This was 4 years ago and I have since then switched my majors multiple times. I had a PC before then...mutiple actually that always got destroyed due to viruses and malware and shit. Let's just say I probably shouldn't have been downloading some of the stuff I was!
Don't get me wrong, I love my Mac. It's almost 5 years old now and is starting to show. But as we all know Macs are still super behind in terms of being gaming systems. I still have 10 or so PC games I never finished and have wanted to do so for a pretty long time now, as well as many more Steam sale purchaces I got with plans to get a PC in the future. While most of those are from the 90's to mid 2000's my old computer could handle them no problem with a pretty outdated card. But I would like to probably be able to play stuff like Skyrim on the higher graphics quality. I came to this board thinking there would be people coming here with the same questions and I could just look at those threads. Well aparrently building PC's are the big thing around here. I'm not a tech savvy guy at all and I have no ideas on how to build computers in the least.
So I was just wondering if I could fare well with just buying a pre-made PC from somewhere for $500 or less. I know I'd need to get graphics cards probably, but I was wondering if anyone here could reccomend a PC I could buy pre-made that could play something modern like Skyrim and still have it look pretty good. I'm not looking to play anything like Crisis 2 on high or any of those other graphics power houses. I got quite a bit from my tax return and I was debating between an 360 or a PC, but I think I'll hold off on the 360 until the next Xbox comes out and 360's are cheap. Like I said my range is around $500 or so. I'm also open to laptops, but I'm not sure how powerful those things can be especially since all my fans run always when just watching GB videos! Thanks to the replies and sorry the read was longer than I intended!
EDIT: Seeing as the concensus is $500 will not get me anywhere, I'm up for any suggestions...though probably not over $1000!