can someone else do it for me? (I'm joking ... mostly.)

My beloved netbook crapped out early this summer, and due to being unemployed at the time, I couldn't afford to buy a new PC. However, now that I have a job, I'm finally getting to where I can think about getting a new laptop, and it's just too much. Well, part of it is that I'm a pretty frugal person, and having to drop a few hundred dollars on one thing is always kind of terrifying to me. But, mostly, there are too many options. It helps that my girlfriend is a computer nerd, and she can help guide me through the process, but she can also be kind of a snob when it comes to technology (just comes with the territory). Ugh, this wretched indecision.