My mom is looking to get a new computer. She's been using an old Dell laptop of mine, something with probably 500 MB of RAM, a 1.0 GHZ Intel processor (whatever was popular in 02'). It was reformatted from scratch when she started using it, but generally it's just clunky, unreliable, and slow.
She really doesn't need much of an improvement, just something new with slightly better memory and chip speed. Hard drive size doesn't matter, she doesn't keep anything. She primarily uses it for browsing the net and the occasional word processing and emailing. Something with protection and all of that would be clutch, basically something to give her no technical problems.
Desktop is probably fine seeing as she doesn't move the laptop as it is, and you can generally get a better deal overall. She needs a whole package deal, like monitor, keyboard, etc. Thanks!