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Submission + - Where has PC quality gone? 1

IceDiver writes: I'm an ordinary PC user. I'm not a sysadmin, or tech in charge of a large number of PCs. I have a desktop and a laptop. That's it. Yet over the past year I have suffered what seems to me to be an unreasonable number of component failures: 3 hard drives (well 4, actually, as the replacement for one arrived DOA), an optical drive, a graphics card, and a RAM chip. One of the hard drives and the graphics card failed within 6 months of purchase. Everything else is less than 2 years old. I generally buy name brand parts, and research current reliability ratings, to try and ensure that I am getting quality parts, yet here I am, spending a small fortune shipping parts back to the manufacturers for RMA.

Are there any good brand names left? Or has price competition fatally compromised quality across the board?

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang