would like some input

my old laptop has finaly expired… and went to computer hell for its crimes against humankind. anyways i figure i would ask you guys, since you seem to know a thing or two about computers. now i need a replacement laptop. but since i am recently jobless and dont have a lot of money to spend i cant go buy the one that i want. at first i wanted a mac, it seemed like a good choice. but all of the macs i could find cost a grand and a half to two grand. all i want is an affordable laptop that runs well and has a lot of space.

what do you think i should get?