One of the biggest problems consumers face these days, with purchasing a new computer, is the number of choices. Just go to any computer store and you're besieged with display units.
Which one is the best? Which one is on sale? What's the difference between the one that's $500 and the one that's $600?
These are all valid questions. Thankfully, we're in an era where computer shopping is not as difficult as it used to be. Any computer you get these days will have plenty of memory and hard drive space. Ultimately, it all comes down to the processor and aesthetics.
The processors I recommend are the Intel i series processors. The 2nd generation (detectable, in most situations, by being a 4 digit model number that starts with a 2) were released at the beginning of 2011. The 3rd generation of these processors were released in the middle of 2012. The processors in this series are the i3, i5 and i7. There is a significant power difference between the i3 and i5 because of technology called turbo boost that is contained within the i5 and i7 processors. The basics of this technology is that the processor can increase its power during intensive tasks.
You'll find other Intel processors such as the Pentium and Core 2's, but these are older technologies and given the price of the i series, I do not recommend getting them. You'll also see processors from the manufacturer AMD. Back in the day, AMD was a great competitor to Intel, and you could get processors just as good, if not better, for a cheaper price. However, they've fallen out of grace recently and again, because of the cost of the i series, I do not recommend getting them either. If you're anti-Intel then I would recommend looking into the FX series processors from AMD (they're roughly comparable to the i5's).
Manufacturer preference, for the most part, is a non-issue. You'll get consumers that hate Dell and will only buy Hewlett Packard. You'll also get consumers that hate Hewlett Packard and will only buy Dell. Who's wrong and who's right? The issues that you have with a mass manufactured computer can happen with any of them. It's the nature of the industry. A custom built computer allows you better control over the quality of parts used, but also can significantly increase the price (not only in parts, but in the service cost to build it if you don't do it yourself).
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