Why consider a company that you have extreme doubts about?.
There are masses of computer companies and retailers out there, so you have a very wide range to select from. Some companies like Novatech, PC World sell computers by volume. Okay they have the odd complaint or two, but at least their aftercare can be first rate. Personally for a student, I would go for one of the PCW ranges. There's always a PCW store near to most universities and colleges, so help is on hand, 7 days a week with extended hours!.