Everyone would like to have a computer to brag about to friends. Some people are able to pay for top-of-the-line technology, from the best computers to the biggest televisions with the best direct.tv entertainment packages. Unfortunately, these things do not stay top-of-the-line for very long. In a few months, what you paid top dollar for could be half the price and bumped down to second best. So how much should you be willing to pay for a new piece of technology?
Price and performance are very closely related. Generally, the more money you are willing to shell out, the better performance you will get out of a system. If you graph theperformance of a computer vs the price of one, you generally get a hockey stick graph, with the price soaring at the better performance end, but almost no performance for cheaper computers. The reason for this is the cheapest computers generally cost little more than the sum of the parts. So what you end up paying or is the physical computer, not for any performance. On the other hand, as you get to the best computers currently out, you will have to pay much more for a system than for one slightly slower than it. Generally, these top-of-the-line computers are not worth the money unless you are using them for professional purposes.
A general rule for technology shopping is to look for something that is two or three generations old. For example, if COMPUTER-X 5 just hit stores, look at COMPUTER-X 2 or COMPUTER-X 3. These will generally be considerably good computers for a considerably lower price.