The question Hardware vendors to avoid is ok for a first order approximation of the problem, but those who have been in the industry for more than a decade know you can't trust any one vendor to never have problems.
- How do you pick a vendor in the face of so many choices?
- How do you evaluate a hardware choice to avoid getting the bad lemon, especially with a new chipset/HD design/GPU/etc?
- Knowing that sometimes you can't judges this in advance, do you do anything now to protect yourself in case something does go wrong?
My acceptable vendor/manufacturer list is fluid and always changing, but sometimes I get stuck assuming that one is better than the others because they've done so well for me for so long.
- How do you avoid holding onto old assumptions and approach each purchase with a clean slate?