Don’t be scared: buying a computer doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems. Yes, the plethora of options and price points can be daunting, but if you keep a few basic things in mind, you’ll be able to buy a machine that will, with care, last until it’s considered a dinosaur by everyone except you. Because to you, it will be an old pal -- it’ll have character. Any member of the Geek Squad (or Nerd Herd, for you Chuck fans... anyone?) will tell you that no two computers are made equal, but then again no two buyers ever need computers for the same exact purpose, so take that, techspert. Unless you need your new machine for pentagon -- or professional DOTA tourneys -- odds are, these five points will steer you to your PC soulmate.