Buy online, go to www.newegg.com
They have some very good deals, especially with thier sales, I have purchased several PC's from them and never had an issue. If you're like most people, chances are you'll be using it for Internet, email, and maybe some light productivity work (excel or MS Word). The cheap laptops will do all that and then some these days, no need to spend big bucks. I have a Toshiba I paid $400 for, brand new, that works perfectly.