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Take Your Time
The most important tip I can probably give you when you are doing research is to take your time. There is no faster way to end up with a poor deal or a bad buying experience than to be in a hurry. That's not to say that you have to spend hours agonizing over every decision. But at the same time, just picking a vendor quickly without doing any research at all is a recipe for, well, if not disaster, then at least dissatisfaction. If you have the time (not to mention the good taste :^) ) to be reading this Buyer's Guide, you understand the value of investing the time in knowledge already.
If you are in a hurry when selecting a vendor, then at least minimize the chances that you will have a problem:
You can usually do alright by buying components and smaller items without doing extensive research. If you are buying an entire new PC though, you probably will regret not doing any research at all.