UTTM Computer Consultant John Quain considered all the deals, the plusses and the minuses, and came up with what he calls, "the sweet spot." It's a happy medium of price and performance that should help get you the best deal possible.
Here's his suggestions, by the numbers. First of all, count on spending about $1,200 to $1,400. For that, you should get a 1.5 gigaherz Pentium processor, 256 megabytes of SDRAM, to help you run your programs, a 40-60 gigabyte hard disk drive and a CD-RW/DVD drive to burn CDs and watch DVD movies.
Looking to spend a little extra? Then consider adding more RAM, getting a faster processor, a larger hard drive, or better speakers. Watch his report by clicking on the video icon on the right.