Linked by David Adams on Mon 5th Jul 2010 17:21 UTC, submitted by Mr.Manatane
Hardware, Embedded Systems The story was first reported by The New York Times, which stated that Dell employees were aware that the approximately 11.8 million affected computers might break or cause fires, but were instructed to downplay the problems when talking to customers.
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RE: This is pretty sad
by woegjiub on Mon 5th Jul 2010 22:45 UTC in reply to "This is pretty sad"
woegjiub
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2008-11-25

Why not roll your own?
It is not hard.... You simply need to head to an online PC store, buy a case/CPU/MoBo/GPU/PSU/RAM/HDD/Optical drive, and voila!
When the parts arrive, putting it together is so easy that a monkey could do it.

If it is difficulty in selection of parts which work together, basically all one needs do is select the correct MoBo socket for their CPU, and get a PSU with enough wattage for their GPU.... Not exactly hard, I would argue it is easier than trawling through the convoluted websites of Dell et all.

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RE[2]: This is pretty sad
by WorknMan on Tue 6th Jul 2010 01:32 in reply to "RE: This is pretty sad"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

It is not hard.... You simply need to head to an online PC store, buy a case/CPU/MoBo/GPU/PSU/RAM/HDD/Optical drive, and voila! When the parts arrive, putting it together is so easy that a monkey could do it.


Getting all the right parts together isn't hard, but if you put me and a monkey side-by-side and told us both to build a PC, the monkey would probably have better luck than me ;) When I attempt to use a screwdriver, I more often than not end up breaking things.

Some people just weren't born to interface with tools, and I happen to be one of those people. Sad as it sounds, that's just the way it is. I usually just end up buying a new Dell. I've never had a problem with any of them, but after this little fiasco, I just might have to look elsewhere. Assuming there are any decent alternatives? When I buy a new PC, I tend to lean towards the high-end (not for gaming though) and end up keeping for at least 5 years, so no cheap $300 desktops for me.

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RE[3]: This is pretty sad
by umccullough on Tue 6th Jul 2010 04:54 in reply to "RE[2]: This is pretty sad"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Getting all the right parts together isn't hard, but if you put me and a monkey side-by-side and told us both to build a PC, the monkey would probably have better luck than me ;) When I attempt to use a screwdriver, I more often than not end up breaking things.


Barebones machine. Integrated Audio/Video/LAN make things a piece of cake these days.

Then the only thing you gotta do is install CPU/RAM/HD.

Only the HD should require a screwdriver, unless the case has a screw or two to remove ;)

The most likely thing you'll screw up is the CPU/Heatsink - the thermal pads on the bottom of the heatsinks have a tendency to stick where you don't want them :/

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