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From: Lyle Sharp
Date: 29 Nov 2005
Time: 00:13:40 -0500
Remote Name: 22.214.171.124
I am asked all the time, What is the best brand PC to buy"? My response is about price point. The short answer is that if you are spending under $1,000.00 on a PC or notebook, then the brand doesn't matter. All major vendor's systems in this price range are using the least expensive components they can get and there is little room in that tough market for large variations in quality or performance. Above that price level, there is more room for the type of differences that can make the difference between a reliable computer and a repair nightmare. The two most commonly failing components are the power supply and the hard disk. Major PC vendor's are hit and miss at obtaining large quantities of high quality components in both areas, so your best bet is a custom built white box solution from a local business that really screens for quality components and offers good pricing. If you can't find such a vendor, then look to AlienWare for top of the line components with a price tag to match.