You can try the Dell 399 buck laptop but at this price point there is little of interest. I'm disregarding, not offering a netbook since that would pain a Word user.
Let's dismiss Sims 3 since even at 500 bucks we are too far away from any gamer laptop.
Me and my fiance have decided to go back to college so we think that now is the best time to finally buy our first laptop. I know absolutely nothing about laptops (im a desktop guy) so I need a little help on what to look for. We will be using it for MS Word programs, Online lectures, music, light photo work, and web browsing. If at all possible we want to play SIMS 3 on it. lol. Looking to stay under $500 and would love if it was no more than $400. Any help is much appreciated.