Found out Dell buys hard drives from other major manufacturers. It was 40 bucks and I scored a 25 dollar lifetime sub for Malwarebytes (for life). New HD runs smooth. Win7 Pro will suit my son's curriculum til Win 10 comes out this fall.
Tech at the college likes HP's and Lenovo (yuk) as well as a Dell. Refuses to accept Apple products because they're super difficult to work on.