"Worth the read"? I don't think so. Dell's problems are legendary. Go to a local store and have someone build one for you might not be the best approach either.
If you want to purchase a new computer, go to the last issue of Consumer Reports that rates both laptop and desktop computers before you make your decision. You'll get an accurate picture of a variety of brands as well as some questions you have to ask yourself about what you really want your computer to do.