I have 6 Dell PCs since 6 years ago, starting with PII-300Mhz, and the latest is P4 3Ghz (bought last month from deals@cdfreaks . I say Dell is good. I’ve had around 6-7 phone calls only during 6 years. Not bad right? and every calls my problems were solved. One of the biggest was harddrive failure, after 10 minutes test the rep determined my hdd failed and the next day I got a new one in front of my door. Now, don’t know when was started, Dell support is in India. I don’t say is bad… it just doesnt sounds right.
My latest is Dimension 4600 (for wife ), mini tower, with a little “manuver” I manage to put 4 internal HDD, and I can still see some “space” to put 1 or 2 more LOL. I do care about the cooling system, but don’t know where to put extra fans lol.
My second latest is Dimension 8200, full tower, I manage to put 6 HD. again cooling system is not well–dont know where to put additional fans. Actually this box is abused, I put 6HD, 2 dvd burners and all PCI slots fully booked, and all the holes on back is hooked (printer scanner etc) but for more than 2 years this one never failed me.
My third latest is Dimension XPS B, P3 1ghz. One of the memory slot cannot hold the memory stick well, too many pull and push changing memories lol. I called Dell and ask if they have a motherboard, they quote me $250. Bahh, for P3 1Ghz!?!?! I bought one @ebay for $17 plus shipping.
I hate dell two weeks ago (but now not anymore lol). Dell Bios doesnot support UDMA4 for Optical (dvd burners). The problem is solve with ATA controller lol.
Oh btw, the last two above uses Rambus (RDRAM), and yes they are very very expensive!!!