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#1 eddie5257


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Posted 11 February 2005 - 08:14 PM

just wondering if alienware computers are any good for gaming?

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 08:33 PM

Thats a good question, eddie

found the homepage and thought I'd search around for some reviews
and/or specifications...

Pretty nice case, I'd say.
Need to look into a little more at this point.

Know anybody who has used one?

Found some specs:

Specs of machine: (one of several offered)

Area-51® 5550
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2
Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Onsite Service
Chassis: Alienware® Full-Tower Case (480-Watt PS) - Space Black
Power Supply: Alienware® 480 Watt Power Supply
Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 550 w/ HT Technology 3.4GHz 1MB Cache
Motherboard: Alienware® PCI Express Motherboard with Intel® 925XE Chipset 1066/800MHz FSB
Memory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz - 2 x 512MB
Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6600 GT PCI Express 128MB DDR3 w/Digital and S-Video Out
Video Cooling: AlienIce™ 2.0 Video Cooling System - Fusion Red
System Drive: High Performance - Serial ATA - 120GB Seagate® Barracuda 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache
Optical Drive One: Lite-On® 16x DVD / 52x32x52x CD-RW Drive
Floppy Drive: 3.5" 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive - Black
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS High Definition 7.1 Surround Firewire (IEEE® 1394)
Network Connection: Integrated High Performance Gigabit Ethernet
Keyboard: Microsoft® Multimedia Keyboard - Space Black
Mouse: Microsoft® IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 - USB - Space Black
Free Alienware T-Shirt: Free Alienware® T-Shirt - Black
Free Alienware Mousepad: Free Alienware® Mousepad
Desktop Enhancements: Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager
AlienInspection: AlienInspection - Exclusive Integration and Inspection
AlienWiring: AlienWiring - Exclusive Internal Wire Management

Some of the boldfaced items can be copy/pasted to google
and independent reviews and/or price comparisons can be made.

Seems like Alienware builds computers,
much like other companies,
that utilize the sub-components of popular manufacturers.

So, you can check out the manufacturer's sites also.

It also looks like this company offers service that includes
several levels of warrantees & "maintenance agreements"
all of which should be understood in advance of purchase.

You should check for "consumer rating" or "reviews" among the
many responses the google searchs turn up.
Benchmark tests are good.

Edited by phawgg, 11 February 2005 - 10:05 PM.

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 10:21 PM

Apart from the kewl case, the parts can be assembled and built for much less than the price of their computer.
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Posted 11 February 2005 - 11:46 PM

" Apart from the kewl case, the parts can be assembled and built for much less than the price of their computer.

Yes that was what I thought about saying too. But also you have to understand they need to make money too but they are a tad on the expensive side!

If you want to build a pc yourself for cheaper than them but the same parts maybe better just ask. We have a good team of people here that can help you on pc building.

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 12:14 PM

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=14]These machines are designed for gaming...however you CAn build the same specs into your machine , for allot less. However depending on how savvy you are with PC building, an/or how lazy you are. Some people would rather pay for the convenience of no headaches ?
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Posted 15 February 2005 - 05:11 PM

there are two alienware machines oncampus... and they can both run
star wars galaxies and planetside at max resolution with all the nice
graphics turned on. both are really resource hogs, so these machines
would have to be top of the line.

but, sadly, the machines are really used for GIS...

GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are information management systems tied to geographic data.  Various types of data sets, such as hydrology, road networks, urban mapping, land cover, and demographic data can contain hundreds of pieces of information about a specific feature...all tied together geographically to provide spatial context.

which are even more resource-hogging apps than **any** game i
have ever seen... take those nice machines and make them crawl...

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Posted 17 February 2005 - 01:23 PM

I'm gonna agree with the reat of the guys, build your own. I love the voodoo pcs for gaming (www.voodoopc.com) but you can build a good gaming pc for a bit less than what they're saying. I looked at a PC from voodoo and Alienware and i clocked them both at a little under $4000. Now i'mbetting that i could build one for under 2k that'll be equal to that. Newegg.com is a good site for parts.
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