- What do you want to do with it?
- What’s your budget?
- Are you technically minded?
A "Yes" might lead you down the path of Linux and a "No-brand" or "White box" system.
A "Yes" means you are able to do your own support.
A "No", buy a Dell
*. As they’ll be providing your hardware support.
- New or re-furnished?
If you want to save a dollar, a re-furnished PC from Dell or IBM might be an option for you.
If you are a member of a trade union, your Union might have a "Union Shopper" type deal.
* Heck, I got 5 years out of my last Dell. And my current work computer is a Dell, which I’m quite happy with. I’ve listed out the various factory outlet Dell sites here.