I get asked this question all the time: “What computer should I buy?” That’s a great question, and the answer is usually different for everyone that asks. Price matters to everyone, as does the power of the computer, and how long it should last before it’s replaced.
My personal opinion is that if you’re going to buy a computer running Windows 7 in the near future, and you want a name brand, stick with the Dell Business class of computers. That’s the Optiplex (desktop) and Latitude (laptop) categories. I recommend the business class to everyone, as the consumer line is mostly rubbish, as are most consumer laptops sold in stores. The hardware is the cheapest that can be found, and the case (this matters more on laptops than desktops) is very cheap plastic. On the other hand, the business class computers are sold with corporate clients in mind, those who pay more, have service contracts, and control more of Dell’s bottom line. Those computers have to be held to a higher standard than the usual consumer brand.
If you’re in the market right now for a new desktop computer, a great deal is on the Dell small business website, for a Dell Optiplex 790 with dual 22″ monitors. I would recommend this setup for anyone in a small or medium sized business that needs a computer to last a long while, with quality parts and a 3 year warranty on the hardware. The processor will last for a long time and not slow, it includes the base amount of RAM for Windows 7 64 (4gb) and has a decent sized hard drive. Here’s the link to this deal: Dell Small Business Optiplex 790.
I’ll post more in the next few days about other machines to look into when you’re looking for a new computer, but this is a start.