One of the first thing you must consider is your budget and how much you have to spend on your new computer. Today, they offer many laptops at a very reasonable price. This is great if you are on a tight budget and can't afford a desktop computer. However, you can find that a desktop is great and you can expand the desktop as your budget increases. You can start off with a good model of a desktop and later on add a new graphics card, more memory, and a few extra hard drives for storage. If you've purchased a lower speed process and your motherboard will accept a higher speed process, you can easily upgrade your processor. I own both the desktop and laptop and find out that I use more my desktop because of the keyboard and larger screen. I like the screen size of a desktop versus a laptop and the keyboard on a desktop is easier to use and type on.