Oh baby. Honey, what you really need to do is go down to the public library and check out their back issues of PC magazine (that’s PC as in Popular Computing, not Politically Correct). Every 6 months or so they do an excellent update on “Best Computers”.
Next thing you need to think about is what you want a computer for, what kinds of software you want to run. Are you really, really sure that you only want fast Internet access? What about games, word processing, spreadsheets?
Then start thinking about price. Bear in mind that computers have no, that’s zero, zip, nada, resale value. It’s not like a car, where you can put an ad in the paper and at least recoup some of your investment if it doesn’t work out. That $1500 you spend on a new computer is gone, baby, down the rabbit hole.
Also, realize that in at least 2 years, whatever computer you buy will probably be obsolete. The Pentium chip that’s in it won’t be fast enough for the latest, greatest software.
So do some major research first, before you get out the VISA card, 'cause you’re gonna drop a big chunk of money on something you’re gonna have to live with for a loooong time.
And may the Force be with you, sweetie…