i. Which of the boutique/specialty vendors are top of the line? Meaning, good
customer service, returns policy, quality builds, trustworthy, ect.?
I hear nothing but good things about Falcon Northwest, and they're a long runner.
ii. To the above, which are reasonably priced? I've heard, for example, that
Alienware is overpriced. That does not supprise me, now that they are
owned buy Dell.
Well, the problem is that you're shopping in a boutique
, you're not going to find what most of us would call a "reasonably priced" OEM. What you can get from Falcon Northwest, for instance, you could easily pay half the cost for the equivalent parts, build, and configure the machine yourself. However, what you are paying for is the custom case job and an overclocking job that's both bitching fast and guaranteed to be stable. Among other things.
iii. Do they give you a restore/Windows disc, rather than a partition?
Most likely. I don't see why not since these OEMs usually good about customer service. Usually.
iiii. Does not matter, but is Windows OEM or boxed, from these guys? Just curious.