Technology is a victim of capitalism. Actually, I recommend the “reusing” of the dismantled PC components because the value of it’s use can be much greater than the money that you will gain when you sell it.
fn key + up arrow (or increase volume button). This will increase the volume of the computer and also the VLC media player. or you can just use your mouse and drag the volume tab up to the highest level.
As an Engineering student dealing with many ‘hardcore software’ like AutoCAD and other ‘heavyweight’ engineering software, the iCore series of Intel is the best especially the latest i7. It is super fast and very convenient to use.