Tuesday, 17 March 2009

When is biggest best (or why to avoid British PCs)

A few years ago, in a fit of patriotism, or the desire to support local industry, or something equally foolish, I bought a British-built PC. A Mesh. Goodness, what a mistake. It wasn't delivered when it was promised. When it arrived, it felt shoddy. And ever since, it has had issues. The CPU cooling fan fell off, and had to be replaced. The CMOS battery ran down. (Did you know that 'CMOS corrupt' is an unhelpful error message you get when in fact it is likely that a watch battery inside your computer has given up the ghost?) And now the USB hub seems to have crashed. So, gentle reader, learn from my mistake: buy from someone big enough that they are likely to have got their design right. You don't want the PC equivalent of a TVR.



Blogger Tales of a Starbucks Addict said...

Thats not neccersarily true, I bought two dells recently with a 'downgrade' to Windows XP, it seems that the factory software that was used to instal the graphics card wasnt really stable with the XP downgrade, but the latest one on the web was!

I'm been picky but its not rocket science to get right!

5:47 pm  
Blogger David Murphy said...

Interesting. I've had nothing but good experiences with Dell, but new data points are always good. This time round I am actually thinking about building it myself...

7:21 pm  
Blogger Tales of a Starbucks Addict said...

Yeah it was disapointing

Oh it's so simple, and quite rewarding it's not cheaper than using dell because of their economis of scale.

Just do your homework making sure it's all compatible, motherboard, mem and CPU

Good luck!

9:00 pm  

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