When my almost 3-year old Dell using Windows Me stopped functioning, I contacted Dell and subsequently received numerous replacement parts (2 motherboards, processor, hot sink). Since the replacements didn't solve the problem, I took the computer to a repair place. I was advised it was totally toasted, the replacement motherboard and processor were bad, other parts were possibly bad and it was not economical to repair it. I was disappointed that this happened to one of Dell's more than bargain priced computers (which I had not expected to replace before it was 4 years old). The first Dell I owned never broke down. I want to purchase another desktop and am wondering whether any other brands (Hewlett-Packard? Sony? Others?) might be better constructed at this time and possibly offer more for the money. What do you think?