Asides from the issues to do with your specific children, any new computer would suffice, as long as it can access the internet and run MS Office/Open Office, that is all most children will ever need for school.
Why not try speaking to someone in a local independent computer shop if you don't want to go to PC World.
www.johnlewis.com/231740089/Product.aspx I am currently using one of these .... it does everything I need for work and the kids need for school and the staff at a john Lewis know their stuff without being snotty and once you balance spec / convenience / service its a pretty good deal
This is going to sound really lame but I need a PC for my son to help him with his homework and no idea what to get. We have two PCs in one room (downstairs) one for office work and the older one is too slow to run modern applications. Both have internet access. However, DS2 has an older brother with profound autism and associated behavioral problems so not sure we dont' want a lap top, so he can take the computer somewhere quiet if he has to. BUT of course sometimes DS1 (with ASD) is quiet and needs company and then DS2 can't get help with homework unless he's in the same room. I feel like we want the screen size of a PC with the portability of a lap top. And something that plugs easily into a printer or perhaps even prints remotely. AND sometimes school sends home homework on ereaders, DVD-rom etc. So needs a drive you can load those onto too. I can't bear to face the spotty oiks in PC world. Can anyone help me?