Gamer machines are still tending to be finicky machines. After decades of watching all this and helping friends and more, the goal of a stable gamer machine looks to be a lost cause.
However I've taken simple machines and popped in better graphics cards and all is fine. But then again I might have the advantage of be an electronics designer, writing code from before the days of the GE 210 and now writing Windows Mobile apps.
I wonder how average Joe is supposed to get a gamer machine. Maybe a Xbox 360 or PS3 is the best solution?
About the wifi. I've lost count how many times I've fixed such. All I can comment on there is the way we got wifi means that there is no standard and it is not consumer friendly. If we could do it all over again one of the rules to market would be "it should just work."
My venerable old Dell XPS Gen 3 gaming rig at my secondary residence finally gave up the ghost. I was looking for a replacement. I have had problems in the past with 2 gaming machines that I had bought for my son....namely a Dell and then an Alienware that were DOA right out of the box with much subsequent difficulty getting customer service to rectify the situation(s). I have a Velocity Micro at my primary residence which I paid a fortune for and this one never performed close to what was advertised and was very unstable until I upgraded it to Windows 7.
So being a little gun shy about those 3 companies I decided to try HP. I ordered a HPE-180e with a 3.33ghz i7 processor, 12 MB ram, a 1 TB HD, and a very high end ATI graphics card. Well my steak continues as this thing was a hog right out of the box, could not connect to the internet wirelessly at all, and the sound card made honking noises every time I played a game. Now I was on the phone with the idiots from HP all day yesterday who can't fix it. They are all telling me I can return it for a full refund. I've been calling them back and no one at HP seems to know how to make this happen.
Anyway, they will refund me even if I have to get Amex involved, but in the meantime I still need a new gaming rig. I need stable and I need reasonable/good performance for non-on-line gaming. So I need suggestions...please???