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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?

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