Will be using it for programming, processor doesn't matter, good clock speed and ram is important though. can be it her amd or intel.very light programming, infact, it'll be used for teaching programming at university - so nothing major
prefer if it doens't have a number pad
note, can be a refurb - as long as there's a warranty with it.
but if theres something without warranty and a good deal, recommend that too
basically, reocmmend anything good in that price range.