Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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learn how to build a proper PC then
by unclefester on Fri 28th Sep 2012 02:30 UTC
unclefester
Member since:
2007-01-13

These past few months I've come to realise that when your computer is that of a crucial aspect of your life, you simply can't rely on self-built computers anymore. I had three desktop computers - main, backup, and emergency - and within the timespan of a few weeks, they all died.

What a load of crap.

Apple are notorious for using cheap, nasty and unreliable components in their consumer PCs.

It is quite easy to build a very reliable whitebox PC.

Buy a high quality power supply and case. The cheap-arse models are unstable, noisy and overheat.

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Underphil Member since:
2012-01-13

Yep. His own lack of knowledge caused him to write this article without realising that he was the real issue here.

No-where did he admit that he just doesn't really know what he's doing, and that's the real reason why he needs something 'off the shelf'.

I really tuned out when I read his comments on Dell support. Knows absolutely nothing of this sector, he really doesn't.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I really tuned out when I read his comments on Dell support. Knows absolutely nothing of this sector, he really doesn't.


Which part of what's in the article is false? You mean there IS a Dell Store? You mean a starting and small one-person business with limited funds will get the kind of corporate support other commenters are hinting at?

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laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

He's not wrong. Dell has great support if you're a large company or education institution. They're support for individuals is terrible. You call completely different call centers. It's not the same techs.

I would argue that apple support sucks at times too. They're phone support is good. The support at a "real" apple store is terrible. Left my computer there for a week because I didn't feel like buying a suction cup and they gave it back to me with a broken hard drive and charged me $70 to not fix it. I ended up going to an auto store, buying a dent remover and the replacing the hard drive myself anyway. I was out a computer for a week because they couldn't be bothered. My computer was 1 month out of warranty (didn't get extended apple care). Even with the $70 + hard drive cost + suction cup it was cheaper than apple care would have been. I then sold that iMac for $400 two years later.

Macs are getting harder to work on and it's a shame. The Mac Pro is the only system left that's decent to fix. I upgraded a 2006 mac pro to quad core 5300 series xeons (2x4), threw in some extra ram, a new radeon 5700 series graphics card and some extra drives. IT saved me thousands on a new one. xeons were $35 on ebay ;)

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

and that's the real reason why he needs something 'off the shelf'.


And even then, if you buy PC's off the shelf there are many companies, both small and large, that offers support contracts equivalent to Apple.
This behavior kinda reminds of those IT guys who automatically buys Cisco gear and overpriced support contracts because "everyone knows it's better" even when that's patently not true.

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DREVILl30564 Member since:
2008-04-18

I agree, if you build your own PC using cheap parts, then you get what you paid for.

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