you want to allow yourself some technological advancement for future use. purchase latest and greatest only -- do not allow yourself to be drawn into computer fire sale -- as the one you buy from a sale may be later disappointing
make sure you buy Intel based processor with 2 dual core processor, 350-500G hard disk drive, with 4G RAM at least. WiFi
latest technology is 802.11n, make sure you don't
buy anything less than this . Allow yourself some viewing screen size, so do not settle for anything less than 17" screen Wide,as you will enjoy the movies on it. get a DVD / RW / CDRW
, dual layer.
DO NOT BUY any processor with AMD in it, as this processor has overheating issues with some computer makers. http://devforums.amd.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=22&threadid=106846&highlight_key=y
Make sure it has a very good viodeo card 512M to 1G memory video. Again, i strongly suggest to stick with Lenovo http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:CompareByNeed?current-category-id=653343E0DE54435882FABC3CE1BC569A
or Toshiba, Intel based PROCESSOR. DO NOT BUY from computer sale, as there is a reason why the cost is so low on computer, this does not include Lenovo (they always have sales, no matter what).
If you buy, purchase on line directly from computer maker -- do not buy retail, and buy extended warranty with accidental warranty , it will be to your benefit and best interest, $$.
Also, consider buying a UPS (UNITERRUPTABLE POWER SUPPLY) always use this as your power source, instead of direct AC power , as you do not know when you can experience power failure in your home or office.
DO NOT BUY AntiVirus software, as MS SECURITY ESSENTIALS is free, www.microsoft.com
Always buy software from the maker , do not add to the computer cost.
I would say, you will have to spend about $800-$1000 for this notebook
if you want a desktop, you could be spending $500-$750 , depnding on its purpose.
Lenovo, has some nice A.I.O (all in ones). http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:show-category?category-id=FFA158AAECE944CD9055899B3280EA36&menu-id=products¤t-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087
if you need a printer , DO NOT BUY INKJET -- go with laserjet, HP www.hp.com
, laserjets toners, go a long way. (pick one up for about $350-$600) , or less .. do not get stuck with INKJET, please.
inkjets are too much $, maintenance in long run.
i hope this helps -- if it does, please issue 4 thumbs up !!