Acer is a very good system. We have a 2003 Desktop w AMD Athlon and 3/4 Gig. My nephew (who lives with us) beats it to death - has for 2 years - with Limewire and games.
It has been problem free.
We have 3 DELLS as well. A lot of folks knock DELL, but all of ours do well. DELL Models that we own are: 2000 L600r-P3-512; 2005 B110 - 1 Gig; 2006 E 310 P4 - 2 Gigs.
The trick to keeping any PC going is keeping it clean and not downloading a bunch of crap. Always make sure you have quality Antivirus. Viruses are your biggest threat - say goodbye to a hard drive if you get one of those.
I receive PC World Magazine every month and every month Acer Computers has a slick ad which takes up several pages in each month's issue.
I know nothing about Acer. Are their desktop PC's any good? Better or worse than Dell's desktop PC's? Anyone know where Acer's tech support is located? Do they outsource their tech support overseas like Dell?