Originally Posted by Chain
Who really is
making the best buy in desktop PCs these days (all things considered - price, selection, after sale CS, shipping, etc).
Too loaded a question any longer. They all suck at "customer service", but Dell does throw a lot of cheap deals at people so they can retain the #1 status.
Question is, what are you looking for the PC to do? If all you want is a general purpose PC for internet surfing, Office-type applications and a little bit of gaming thrown in on occasion those Dell deals will work great.
If you're looking for a PC with high end processing in mind for gaming, graphics work, etc. The Dell, Gateway, [enter any name brand here] option is gonna get pricey. I know Alienware is the current fad in that area, but if you want a PC for high performance applications you are best off to either build it yourself or but one of the "brand name" lower-end servers.
In other words, none of them are the best. Dell has turned into who they mimiced theirselves after and then went on a media blitz to destroy (and won because sheeple are idiots) in Compaq, and Gateway still builds decent machines without the blow-them-out pricing Dell does.
But knowing you as a modaholic that feels the need to have big numbers even if you wont really use them,
and that you are looking for gaming first - let's just start up a wish list at NewEgg like we did with RRWANTR a few weeks ago and do it right.
You won't be happy with anyone's "customer service", as they are typically manned by idiots with a book in front of them with canned answers that probably wouldn't know how to turn a computer on in the first place, so why worry about some branded canned warranty when all the individual parts have a better warranty on them anyway?