I'm with HAL and Toaster on this one. The arguments HAL uses are the same I use with my customers. I've only sold three PCChips mobos and "all" of them gave some kind of headache, from missing COM ports to completely useless machine.
Rather than to give my clients those things they think they want, I try to "educate" them. Tell them why this system is better, and the such. I think that my work's first mission is to detect my client's needs and then provide a solution. A lot of my competition down here just don't do it, they just keep cranking out machines that they think will do for most of the people. The only thing they ask the customer is what CPU they want and how much RAM and HD space they want. So many people down here knows very little of PCs when they decide to make the investmen on one, they are affraid to ask and the sellers don't teach them, they just want to sell them the cheapest PC. PCChips mobos run rampant down here.
After havin' those issues with PC Cheaps mobos I've been reluctant to sell one again. I prefer not to sell it. Even if it means the customer will end up buyin' with my competition. OK, I don't earn any money but also I keep away from the aspirin jar.
On a personal note, Selling something to someone that the seller doesn't believe in says MORE then enough to send me screaming to the door.
You know, the first thing I ask myself when a client pays me a visit to purchase a system is: Would I buy this machine for myself? If the answer is no, then I don't offer it.
My equation is:
Quality components = Flawless performance
Flawless performace = Happy customer
Happy customer = People's recomendations
People's recomendations = More money for me