I dont think so they are failure, as yesterday a frind came to me with his emachine (was slower than p-1) after i configued it, and since yesterday I have received 11 mails telling me that its blistring fast (i wish i never configured it, hahaha, kiddin)
they, infact use some cheaper hardware, as from mobo manufacturers which I dont know myself ever exsisted (as opposed to other manufacturers, like SONY using Asus Mobo's in their machines).
so as if ur base (mobo) is cheap, u can expect cheap performance for sure.
Intel Core2Quad 2.66Ghz 12MB L2-Cache
4096MB DDR Kingston Hyper-X
XFX 9600GT AlphaDog
Seagate 2 X 320GB SATA2
LG L246WH Flatron 24"