I agree with the last poster: buy a Mac. I purchased a MacBook Pro last summer and I cannot tell you how much I love this machine. However, it is not cheap, I’ll warn you about that.
I also agree with Deanna–this is one area in which you truly do get what you pay for. I’m sure you’ll be getting lots of posts saying that if you’re only going to word-process, you don’t need this and you don’t need that and just go on the cheap. But if you do, we’re likely to be hearing more wails and groans and gnashings of teeth from you in the near future.
Hope you enjoyed your visit to our beautiful paradise state of Ohio! (lol)