If you are in the market for a new computer, there is good news. The types and different models of computers available today are a great value and come equipped with more computing power than the average person will require. Even the least expensive brand of computer you could purchase would be well equipped to handle any type of application you request. If you want to work, surf the internet, play games, or create CD-ROMs, any basic computer will allow you to accomplish this. Lower-priced computers usually execute even complex applications such as speech recognition and video editing very well.
The first step in choosing a new computer is to decide how much you want to spend. You can choose to spend more money on a top quality PC, but keep in mind that no matter how technically advanced a particular computer may be, soon enough new technologies will make your high-priced computer seem obsolete. If you choose a lower-priced computer, you will have to replace it sooner than a more expensive computer, but with technology advancing so rapidly, it may be a better option to stick with the lower priced computer and replace it when these new technologies become available. If you don't want the bargain PC, but you are unwilling to spend a large amount of money on the top of the line models, you may want to choose a computer that is in the middle price range of whatever brand you intend to purchase.
You will also need to decide if you want a Mac or PC, and if you want a desktop or notebook type computer. Apple computers, while having had their share of problems in the past, are now quite reliable and a great choice for first-time computer users. If you prefer a Windows-based computer, it is comforting to purchase a well-known brand name, but you may find that you get the same computer for quite a bit less money if you choose a lesser-known brand name. If you travel for business, you may want to consider a notebook. You will pay a higher price, but the convenience is worth the cost. If you predominately will be using your computer in your home, a desktop is a better bargain and you will save quite a bit of money over the notebook.