Coming late to this thread too, out of necessity... my "next" computer was bought yesterday when my 5 year old (to the day!) dropped dead. (At least I can salvage some parts...)
I needed one now
so all I can say is thanks for Black Friday sales
Ended up with an HP with an AMD A10, 8gb, and usb 3. Suits my needs and snappier than my old box.
Oh yes, of course it came with Win 8 preinstalled. With no previous experience I could muddle through most of what I had to have, although some of the decisions really seemed obstructive. Like no easily discoverable way in Legacy Desktop to find your installed programs
... it may be there, but rather than dig I supported a small software author by springing for Start8
($4.95). I will play with not-Metro on and off as I have time and inclination but as long as the desktop works I know I can do what I need done. So far.