Well the debate is ON and still one can't finalize to go for a BRANDED or UNBRANDED systems, when buying a PC I want to share my story: MY STORY IS NAMED: FROM DELL TO HELL ---------------------------------------- I built a system ( a long time ago ) with these briefs: INTEL D845WN BOARD INTEL P-4 CPU KINGSTON 512MB RAM x2 SEAGATE 40GB harddrive ......... ...... -------> IT WORKED FOR YEARS AFTER YEARS , NO HARDWARE ISSUE. AND IT IS STILL WORKING ( neglecting software issues such as OS crashes, .. which can be recovered / reinstalled ) and ONE DAY I got into this HELL ( DELL ) I got a DELL MACHINE DELL - OPTIPLEX 745 intel Pentium-D 4MB cache RAM 1gb KINGSTON x2 SATA 250GB HDD DVD WRITER FDD. .... ... It workes happily for a very long reliable super duty period of "TWO AND A HALF MONTH" After that, it got stuck up during post test for NO REASON. sometimes. then slowly situation got worse it got stuck up time to time on boot up , no beeps, no Error codes , nothing POST sequence lights show random sequnce to which dell docs do'nt lead anywhere. AND FINALLY ----> DEAR DELL-745 STOPPED RESPONDING COMPLETELY, only AMBER LIGHT ON POWER UP. POwer supply was OK, CPU OK ..everything OK except THAT----> QUALITY BRANDED MOTHERBOARD NEEDS REPLACEMENT NOW TO SAIL THIS GIANT SHIP WITH DELL LOGO. I was absolutely NOT in a mood to order another board for this machine. so I tried my best to see little problems in motherboard, peeking in supplies on board... and other possible components. one techie friend spent more time on this board. and we confirmed now IT IS GONE FROM DELL TO HELL. problem did'nt solved but What I observed is that there are few components ( power drivers / regulators and others ) for RAM, CPU core voltage ... so minute that DUST easily is caught between their pins, BECUASE THEY ARE THE FIRST TO WHICH AIR STRIKES WHEN BLOWN FROM THE BIG GIANT ONE SINGLE COOLING FAN in dell-7xx series. When this DUST catches moist from environment it might disturb their functionality, and slowly... DELL to HELL construction is such that DUST will definitely enter in the case , from front to back, and one can't have the duty to clean it every weak from motherboard. Well that is just my observation. One techie friend has reported Manufacturing problems in some DELL models, so they gets more pron to such failures. well story does'nt end here, ---------------------------- My brother holds the great honor of experienceing similar experiences on MORE THAN SIX DELL machines. Because he loved dell and love requires patience, money, sacrifice ...... as I remember some DELL to HELL machines of my brother are Dell 520, dell 6xx series, dell 3xx series, inspirons they worked for roughly a year on average two had exactly same behaviour as my Dell 745. Now I am planning to buy an INTEL ORIGINAL board and use other things from the dell 745, If mobo does'nt fit in dell, I will use it unbranded case. but i will not replace it with its own dell board, cause: Who can guarantee new Dell board will not suffer these issues. Well on the other hand, I have seen all big organizations using, Dell / HP / ... always go for a branded machine SO Bottom line of my story is: ------------------------------- If I want to have system for MySELF, for MY PLEASEURES, for my FANTASIES always I will custom build a machine myself if for organizations, use Branded system. so What do you think now?