My computer was an overstock...
...it came with no documentation, warranty, or XP CD. When I had to reinstall Windows, the validation key on the side of the case didn't work. I talked to my friend's dad (the one who found me this POS), who's pretty high up at HP, and he said that I was SOL.
I think that the CPU fried from running in 55-60C temperatures for 6-7 months. The case had no intake fan; just an exhaust fan, and the thermal grease was all burned away.
So far, I've put the thing in a new case, reapplied the thermal paste, and put a new CPU cooler, neither of which solved the random shut-down problem. The Athlon 64, DFI board and Thermaltake power supply (the HP PSU is junk) are on the way.
In the past, before I became interested in computers, I had a Dell which worked great for 4 years, and is still used as the family computer. My dad has had his Dell laptop for 2 years, and has never had a problem with it.
I'm done buying computers; from now on I'll only build, but if I did buy, I'd buy a Dell.
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