The primary use of my computer is surfing the internet. I have a monitor, and would like to connect the computer to my TV (60 inch LCD if that matters). I don't need Windows.
I live in California, and there is a MicroCenter within driving distance.
I prefer Intel, but I read the new AMD processors aren't too bad. I would like a quad core but not too sure if I need it. It would be nice to have a quick computer though. If possible I would like an SSD (heard its quick for bootup?) I would probably need a secondary hard drive if I get an SSD.
My budget is $400 but I can over spend a little bit (less is better of course!).
Any other uses? In all seriousness, a dual-core i3 or even a Pentium would be more than capable for just surfing the itnernet.
I currently use my roommates Pentium D with 2 gigs of ram and its really slow. Sometimes I watch movies from his computer to my TV and it's pretty slow too.