This thread has some info on which drives are still decent NEC chipset based models:
My 1st real computer was an NEC and I loved it [back when a Pentium 133 was top dog and RAM was $1 per meg] . Sold computers at the time and the NECs performed better + had fewer hardware problems compared to most other brands of the day. Price was something like $2400 w/a 17" monitor... and that was buying at cost! The CPU was obsolete and retired after ~4 years but the NEC monitor worked for 12 years.