|If you don't have an actual real NEED to use a laptop computer - portability - then DO NOT buy one ! |
You always get more bang for your buck with a desktop computer !
A regular size (wide enough for an optical drive to be installed horizontally ) desktop tower computer is the most versatile.
Parts for slim desktop or slim tower computers cost more, they have power supplies with minimal capacity that often need to be replaced if you want to install a decent video card the system didn't come with, and their power supplies fail more often than average.
Brand name computers in general have power supplies with meager capacity that often need to be replaced if you want to install a decent video card the system didn't come with.
If you buy a custom made or built to order desktop computer, you can specify anything you want regarding hardware according to what you want to use the computer for, and you often get an actual Microsoft Windows DVD with the system if it's locally made.
If your CRT monitor has a 15 pin VGA connector on the end of it's video cable, it will work with virtually any computer that has a 15 pin VGA port, or that has a DVI port that a DVI to VGA adapter will work with (a DVD-I port).
Buying an LCD or Plasma monitor just because it's newer technology and uses less power and takes up less space isn't necessarily a wise decision.
The more recent CRT monitor models are capable of displaying motion in video and games much better (much less blurring) than any LCD monitor, and they look good whatever resolution they're set to.
LCD and Plasma monitors (and built in displays on laptops) always have a Native or Optimal resolution that they look best set to, and they DO NOT look as good as a CRT monitor in other resolutions.
A CRT display will have a much longer average useful life that any conventional LCD display that uses one or more backlights.
So - my advice is - use your CRT monitor until it no longer displays a good enough image.
By that time, LCD LED monitors will be much cheaper then they are now.
In theory, Plasma and LCD LED displays have a much longer useful life.