Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
If you buy a computer at the store (even the top brands) you are getting lots of generic parts, outdated parts and junk software that will slow down your computer.
The computer that I am currently using is a laptop I got from a friend, who spent a nice chunk of change on it and cracked the screen within two months of having it, but wound up just buying another laptop because he was leaving for Afghanistan a few days later. I just run a wireless keyboard/mouse and an external monitor off of it. The first thing I did once I "restored it to out of the box settings" was uninstall nearly every piece of software that came on it outside of Windows 7 and a few utility tools that are useful. The amount of crap that is put onto a new computer you buy from a store is disgusting.