But Shuttle allows you to get an AMD processor that is vastly superior to Intel.
Oh, so... AMD's are factually superior to Intels? I think not. Intel single-cores win plenty of benchmarks, and the Pentium M simply trounces all in the laptop arena.
I won't get into it in depth, but I feel that the Pentium 4 is a far more friendly "Average PC User" CPU. Multitasking is what people do, and it's what the P4 is designed for. It's stable, it runs smoothly, and it runs quickly. 'Nuff said.
And a computer is a computer is irrelevent.
Hardly. My point there is, if you can fix one x86, Windows run machine, you can fix any of them. I've worked with custom builds to Dells and eMachines, never have I had any problem working with them. Even in cases where disfunctional hardware is the source of all problems, x86 machines are easily repairable.
Of course, the everyday hardware problem will pose itself - to any custom build as it would with any Dell. With Dell, you have the option of tech support, which is pretty good, in my experience.
Then you haven't seen enough Dells.
Maybe not. I've been hands-on with eight of them, three of them being laptops. Only one of all of them had any problems, and those were problems I fixed given the replacement parts. Given their current market value, I would venture a guess that the vast majority of all Dell computers sold are units that function in all proper order. There are always a few bad eggs that roll off the factory line -- but... that's as true with Shuttle as it will be with Dell.
Dell has cultivated a reputation of quality customer satisfaction. In one instance, the Taiwanese motherboard maker for Dell decided to implement a new material in their capacitors, unexpectedly causing them to expand and "burst." Dell recalled each of the affected OptiPlex series desktops and replaced them all.
The man speaketh the truth
Until I've seen it, I will continue partaking in and recommending what I consider to be the best computers in the world.