OK, according to Dell's order status page, these are the phases:
Kitting - When a system order is released to manufacturing, the material availability is confirmed and all parts needed to complete the system are placed into a tote. The completed tote is mated with the systems chassis, placed on a conveyor which takes it through to build.
Build - An assembly team takes the tote and assembles those parts in a system. This team is responsible for the entire build of the system which promotes accountability for quality and pride of ownership. The system then goes through testing.
Testing - Systems are received into testing for Dell designed diagnostic testing and software download. This includes 200+ titles available in Dell's software library, as well as proprietary and commercial packages, as requested by DellPlus Customers. Upon successful completion of Testing, the system moves to the boxing phase.
Boxing - Completed systems are placed in boxes along with the mouse, keyboard, power cords, documentation and manuals as requested by the customer. Once the Boxing is complete, the system box is sealed and placed on the appropriate truck for shipment to our customer.
I called the automated hotline thingy, and put in my order number, and it says my order is in the "build stage." This means they have
the parts. So somebody is being slow about putting my system together! GAH!