What is the “best” computer to buy?

I find I get this question quite often from friends and family when they want to purchase a new computer. The answer to this isn’t necessarily a straightforward answer as that’s not really the question they’re asking. It’s very rare for someone to truly want to purchase the “best” computer, particularly when you know that they don’t have the means to purchase it or the actual need for what would amount to a ridiculously expensive computer. What they’re really asking is: What computer can I buy for relatively cheap money that will last me for a while? First, you have to determine what your budget is. What can you actually afford?