I'm currently using a Dell Vostro 1500 laptop with Windows XP installed, that someone gave to me about 7-8 years ago. It still runs OK and has served my needs quite nicely thus far (namely, gaming and browsing the web). Even the EE games run smoothly on it.
However, I'm getting a hankering for trying Pillars of Eternity, and Tides of Numenera if that ever gets released, but it appears that my archaic laptop won't be able to run those games. Between that, and the end of support for Windows XP, I fear that the time may finally have come for me to buy a new laptop. I'm hoping to keep the price under $500 if possible, but I want to ensure that the laptop is quality enough to run a new game like Pillars. The problem is, I'm basically technologically illiterate, and have no idea what terms like "intel celeron" or "Xth generation i#" mean or how they compare to the requirements for a game like Pillars.
So I now turn to you kind folks here for guidance - any insight or suggestions that anyone here has to offer on this subject would be greatly appreciated.