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Windows 7: Alienware - Not worth the money...

16 Aug 2011   #11
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Sorry, I should rephrase what I said. For us computer geeks, Alienware is overpriced. Sure, if you can't be bothered or think it too risky that's fine. But if it's gonna save me a 1000 bucks, I'd definitely have a crack at making one. If you can make a computer, or even think you can, you would most likely be better of with a custom build.
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16 Aug 2011   #12
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Not all of the Alienware machines are extremely overpriced.
There was a deal on a Alienware Aurora Desktop, i7 2600K based machine recently that was available for $1000 before tax.
I just priced an i7 2600K, Asus Mobo, and 8GB of ram and it was $530 just for those 3 parts., so now you only have $470 to get a Fancy case, an 875Watt PSU, GTX580 video card, 1TB hard disk, dvd drive, liquid cpu cooler, mouse and keyboard, and a Windows 7 license.

btw, the GTX580 itself is $460, so there is no way to build this cheaper than buying that Alienware.

Quote:
Alienware Aurora Desktop Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 1 $1,289.00
Alienware Aurora Desktop
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
CPU Liquid Cooling
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Operating System DVD
1.5 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
Wave Systems Software
24X CD RW/DVD Combo Drive
1 TB SATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
Alienware AVATAR 1
Alienware TactX Keyboard
Matte Stealth Black 875W Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
125V Power Cord
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600 processor (8MB Cache, 3.4GHz)
Alienware TactX Mouse
8 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (4 DIMMs)
Image Restore Software
64BIT Operating System

Save 20% on any Dell Outlet Home Desktops with this coupon! - $257.80

Alien Aurora R3: 1 Yr Ltd Warranty, Basic Service after Remote Diagnosis (Included In Price) $0.00 1 $0.00
Subtotal: $1,031.20
Shipping and Handling: $29.99
Shipping Discount: -$29.99
Sales Tax: $85.07
Total Amount: $1,116.27
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16 Aug 2011   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have certainly seen instances where I cannot build a machine with the same specs and save any money (unless I hunt for the absolutely cheapest part that I can find and order from 1/2 dozen vendors). I've actually recommended on several occasions that people at work buy a particular Dell because with a free monitor, or free video card upgrade or the like that I cannot build it cheaper. You gotta look around.
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16 Aug 2011   #14
bug67

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

The thing about Alienware is they aren't a "boutique" builder anymore. They are just Dells with a very high price tag. Plus, you get the commercial bloatware you get from corporate builders.

I went with MAINGEAR. I absolutely LOVE the experience! Best machine I have ever had. Expensive? That's relative. I don't think it was for what I got.

It was a toss up between MAINGEAR and Origin PC. Turns out Origin are the folks from Alienware before the Dell buy out. Nice machines. Fairly priced too, IMO.
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16 Aug 2011   #15
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Not all of the Alienware machines are extremely overpriced.
There was a deal on a Alienware Aurora Desktop, i7 2600K based machine recently that was available for $1000 before tax.
I just priced an i7 2600K, Asus Mobo, and 8GB of ram and it was $530 just for those 3 parts., so now you only have $470 to get a Fancy case, an 875Watt PSU, GTX580 video card, 1TB hard disk, dvd drive, liquid cpu cooler, mouse and keyboard, and a Windows 7 license.

btw, the GTX580 itself is $460, so there is no way to build this cheaper than buying that Alienware.

Quote:
Alienware Aurora Desktop Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 1 $1,289.00
Alienware Aurora Desktop
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
CPU Liquid Cooling
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Operating System DVD
1.5 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
Wave Systems Software
24X CD RW/DVD Combo Drive
1 TB SATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
Alienware AVATAR 1
Alienware TactX Keyboard
Matte Stealth Black 875W Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
125V Power Cord
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600 processor (8MB Cache, 3.4GHz)
Alienware TactX Mouse
8 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (4 DIMMs)
Image Restore Software
64BIT Operating System

Save 20% on any Dell Outlet Home Desktops with this coupon! - $257.80

Alien Aurora R3: 1 Yr Ltd Warranty, Basic Service after Remote Diagnosis (Included In Price) $0.00 1 $0.00
Subtotal: $1,031.20
Shipping and Handling: $29.99
Shipping Discount: -$29.99
Sales Tax: $85.07
Total Amount: $1,116.27
It's not all Alienware. Perhaps just a couple of the 'high-end' products. This particular computer doesn't look overpriced in the slightest.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I have certainly seen instances where I cannot build a machine with the same specs and save any money (unless I hunt for the absolutely cheapest part that I can find and order from 1/2 dozen vendors). I've actually recommended on several occasions that people at work buy a particular Dell because with a free monitor, or free video card upgrade or the like that I cannot build it cheaper. You gotta look around.
I agree entirely. Some manufacturers give great deals on particular products while their high-end products are sold at ridiculously high prices.

Anyway, there's always custom builders out there if you don't want to do it yourself. A friend of mine went to such a store and chose pointed at the parts he wanted and they put it together in a few days. He built a decent system with 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD, i7-2600k and an HD 6870 for just over a thousand bucks.
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17 Aug 2011   #16
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I went with iBuyPower and love both the laptop and desktop I got from them. They have live sales assistance too in case you have questions about stuff like what PSU you should get, etc.
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