Looking for Laptop, well.. its pretty much been covered.. lol.. Acer, ASUS, MSI, and Lenovo, if you go with lenovo get a thinkpad, lenovo is the company that up until they were selling as lenovo were been known as IBM. I work in tech services, fixing people computers, and thinkpads are tough machines that dont die, to this day i have customers that brings int heir 10 year old Thinkpads and they are as good today as they were ten years ago.. just slow, because tehcnology has become alot faster.. lol.
If you are building a desktop, which is best, because its usually a little cheaper, you get exactly what you want and you did it urself.. lol Go with ASUS or MSI for a motherboard and Video card, both are top quality top notch companies. corsair and Mushkin for memory, Geil is pretty good as well. Cases are a dime a dozen, but i would recommend something with wire routing, either a higher end Antec or a NXZT, or even Thermaltake case. Power supply, again, Thermaltake, Corsair, and we'll add coolermaster to this one. ive been building pcs for the better part of my life and int he last 10 years, these are the names i would look for as they have a superior product and a fair price. And as always.. Intel for a CPU, ive had my share of AMD and im really not impressed, Intel are more expensive, but IMHO a better product.