When it is time to go shopping for a new computer, it helps to have a goal in mind. If you need a machine to surf the web and handle media like videos and photos, it makes no sense to spend thousands on a machine that is capable of running today’s mega games. If you really sit down and think about your computer needs, you may find that a mid-range computer will handle everything you need it to, so why get more than you will use?
In some cases, you may not need a computer at all. For email, general web browsing and media management, a tablet might work, or an Internet-connected TV, both of which can provide those things without the complication of a computer setup.
Being realistic about your needs can save you hundreds of dollars on a new computer purchase, allowing you to put that money toward other things you want or need.