I've noticed that some of Newegg's hardware has the JonnyGuru recommended tag, though it's still best to manually check.
That's why I waited a bit before purchasing my last PC, wanted to see some 3rd party reviews. Turned out that the Dell XPS 8700 is a highly configurable PC, unlike their old school offerings, these contains Intel components that doesn't require 3rd party adapters to connect simple accessories, such as GPU's, CPU coolers, etc. Removed the original HDD & added two SSD's & a 500GB WD RE4 that was onhand, have added an upgraded GPU, all with no troubles.
The reason I was hesitant, it took a lot of effort (& some luck) to perform simple upgrades on an earlier model. Went through several hoops just to install a basic Intel CPU fan/heatsink combo. I didn't want to walk into that again.
It's also best not to rely on 3rd party reviews in publications where the hardware OEM spends a lot of advertising dollars. Because it's going to be fairly hard for a reviewer (an employee of the publisher) to give an honest assessment of a crappy computer, if say that OEM is paying for full back cover ads.
Fortunately, Google (& Bing) can help to hunt down independent reviews of products. Many of which are from those whom purchased the product or service. I've been selected several times to review products by different online sites, as well as the site who sold the product.
Tom's Hardware is also a good place to find reviews for many types of computer hardware. So is SSD/GPU/CPU Boss, one can compare different ones. Another valuable source is the OEM forums, if say a particular computer model isn't up to par, there will be lots of customers asking for assistance with issues. Look for consistency. Some models will become notorious for GPU issues & will be posted for the world to see.
It all depends on what one is looking for. Being that this is a site that deals primarily with computers, is why I'm using these as examples. The same would apply to home appliances, vehicles & most anything consumers purchases.
However, I don't trust the Amazon reviewing system, in all honesty I feel that eBay's is more transparent. There, one can see detailed customer feedback on sellers.
Edited by cat1092, 02 August 2014 - 11:52 PM.