I buy a lot of inexpensive Dells for customers who just want the basics, word processing, Internet, etc. At one point Dell systems were underpowered and this led to problems. In fact Im seeing a lot of dimension 4600s with dead motherboards these days. I think its because the power supplies are going and taking the motherboard with it.
I dont know if Dell still has this problem, especially since they're sata systems now. But Ive been throwing new 400 watt Dynex DX-400WPS power supplies into Dells I buy. I got a mess of them at a liquidator auction. Also I've put in some Ultra 400-500 Watt V and X-Finity power supplies that I got in past years.
"I want to do right by my customers, but now I'm having second thoughts. First I'm wondering what happens if the computers have problems. Will Dell honor the warranties if they open them up and see these non-Dell power supplies? Im also wondering, especially about the Dynex, why so many of them are showing up on the market these days. Theyre returns, mostly unopened.
Also, in one auction I got two Rocketfish 700watt RF-700WPS power supplies. My own workhorse computer is a monster two year old Dell XPS Gen4. I'm thinking of throwing in one of these Rocketfish power supplies. Would this be a wise thing to do?
What I want most from a computer, both for myself and my customers, is reliability. But more than once I've added that extra thing for a customer and it ended up creating problems. My inclination is to do anything for a customer that adds value and increases the chance their computer will last. But another part of me says, "If it aint broke don't fix it".