I just bought a Dell. I would definitely try to stay away with anything that has VISTA on it. WOW, I had tons of problems with that. My computer tech tells me that she downgrades VISTA to XP all the time. It wasn’t too cheap but I added a lot of upgrades to it. I also got it on a Dell account so I am not paying interest on it for 6 months. (I’ll definitely pay it off before then – I’ve learned that one over the years) You can call Dell and tell them what you want your computer for and they can tell you which is the best choice for you. But if I had anybody around me that could work on a MAC I would have bought a MAC.