Originally Posted by Zuofu
Then again, if they could make the damn video cards no fail so much....
This is one isolated case. If you think one isolated case matters, then take a look at my situation: I've been running my 7900 GS for a year and a half now without any problems at all. For a long period of time, I had it flashed to the 7900 GTX bios running 625/800 clocks. After the unlocked bioses came out, I've flashed several times between the 7900 GS 1V bios, running 425/800, and the 7900 GTX bios, running 625/800. I haven't had a single problem, and have never needed any replacements.
Three failures in a month means it was most likely a faulty component elsewhere in the system, probably a faulty component on the motherboard. With any other company, people are happy with a replacement, and the problem would've been fixed with simply a new E1705 with the same specs. But Dell has a history of being nice to consumers, and now people expect things like free upgrades.
diefool: If they offered a 7xxx series Quadro (1500, 2500, 3500) then it would've been an excellent deal, but it's possible they offered an 8xxx series Quadro, which would've been a downgrade.