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    Your favourite OEM..... Vote!!!

    I know this is quite off topic, but i'm just too curious!
    The "best" OEM for PC's worldwide?
    Here's the choice:

    IBM
    Compaq
    Dell
    Hewlett Packard
    Daewoo
    Siemens
    Gateway


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    If a choice must be made, it's Dell.

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    Dell

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    1 year ago I would of said Dell... but if I HAD to make a choice today, I would go with one thats not on the list, Alien Ware

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    dunno, never had an oem rig, but all my friends tell me Dell is good

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    I had a Dell for four years and never had any problems at all. Not only that your system is tweaked for high performance when it arrives. The technical support is amazing but the only downside is the large amount you pay for the computer.

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    I hate all OEMs. I will never buy an OEM system ever again. Even the good ones will cut corners and still charge you up the butt. To get the features you need, you need to get 5 other features you don't. They use prepriatory cases, motherboards, cooling... I've had to try to fix 3-5 year old EM systems and you cna never get the drivers any more and it is very dificult to track down the manufactures of the componants (they do not label anything and provide no spec sheets). They also love using integrated componants on even their top of the line systems. This refers to just about every major OEM (Gateway, Dell, Compaq...).

    I guess out of all the ones I know, I would pick e-Machines. Don't laugh. I can build a computer for $1000 thaty will blow away a Dell $2000 system, but I can not compete with bottom of the line e-Machine system. It is just about imposible to build a system on $400 (even $600 is pretty tough). For people that want a basic machine, I usually recomend either setting their target price a bit higher and getting a good machine or just getting a $400 e-Machine.

    I know 3 people with them and they are a pain to upgrade do to only one open PCI slot and generally you shouls replace the fans because they will likely fail within 2-3 months. Out of those three though only one has had a non-fan issue. The hard drive crapped out on them. This is after almost 2 years on all three systems (but all 3 had either the PS or CPU fan start to gride after a few months).

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    I know this will shock you.. but I vote IBM. Of course I'm referring to the special I Build Myself kinds of IBM PCs

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    My company has been using Dells in our industrial automation systems and in over sixty units we have had no failures.

    I can't attest to their upgradability however since we never have to.

    Personally, I build by own


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    Isn't that like asking,
    "What's your favorite way to die?"

    There is no such thing as a good OEM rig. They're in if to make as much money as possible. Thousands of parts put together by the lowest bidder. The ones with good customer support are the ones who plan on having you buy a new machine every 2 years or so.

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    i have ordered just about every oem for my work, and to be honest i would have said dell 2 or 3 years ago, but over the past 3 years i have gotten pc's that right out of the box didnt even post.

    i hate to say it, but from what i have gotten lately IBM has been the strongest systems, not to mention that gateway uses referb parts for there pc's.

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    Dell or gateway.. but none of them are any good anymore.. all proprietary and virtually no upgrade path... i still prefer the DIY OEM myself

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    Its easy to get drivers from HP!
    Never had an OEM system though...

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    IMHO Dell does build a pretty good machine, many of them still have an AGP slot.


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