I'm not into computers. To me they are just tools. I have always bought cheap computers and I always will. I usually get about 3 years out of them. A couple times I bought more expensive ones. One was an Apple and it lasted 2 years, the other was a PC, and it lasted 3 as well. I won't be talked into buying a better one.....I just don't care enough. They are all good enough to do what I need. Having gotten that out of the way, I know a bunch of you folks are really INTO them. There are others who are really into checking out the daily deal sites. So share your accumulated wisdom. If you were looking for bang for buck (with the emphasis on low buck), what you buy today. I'm looking to spend around $300, but if I can find one for less that'll do most of the same, I'm game. I would lean towards a tower rather than a laptop. I also don't really care what the OS is, unless you tell me differently. Used is also not an option. Thanks in advance for your time.