The Carribean? That's a great place to end up! How are your silent PC temps down there with all the ambient heat?
i've got a silent air-con unit
, my temps hardly rise over 45C with ambient temps being around 25-26 C. pretty impressive i think, with a passive heatsink and only one low rpm 120mm fan.
infact, before i started folding, it was almost impossible for me to have a uptime of more than a couple days. i guess the folding made her a bit more tamed
the best way to make a brand-name computer work reliable is, completely reformat the hard drive, throw away all the discs except for the OS, and download drivers elsewhere. like, on my system, only my soundcard drivers and keyboard software is from dell, everything else is from the web. and um, i love my computer dearly, and she hasn't crashed on me yet this year. though last year, i had a few icky spots, but once the dell software was out, she's become so graceful
oh and, antivirus software are highly overrated. i haven't used any since last september.