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Buying an alienware


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#1 Tsun

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 04:06 PM

I'm looking for opinions on this build for gaming. I'm not a computer guru so I'm just looking for some thoughts on this build and what not any help is appreciated
Alienware Aurora-R3 Alienware Aurora Desktop
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Processors Intel® Core™ i7-2600 (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz
Memory 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz
Monitors 21.5” Alienware AW2210 OptX™ Full HD Gaming Monitor
Video Card Dual 1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6870
Hard Drive 1TB SATA 3Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache
Chassis Color Matte Stealth Black Chassis with 875W Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
Optical Drive Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Cooling Option Alienware™ High-Performance Liquid Cooling

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 11:10 PM

Alienware PC's are just souped up Dell PC's. Either build your own to save some cash, or, go with a different boutique builder, like Maingear, Puget Systems, or Velocity Micro. I've bought from Velocity Micro and Maingear. I think Maingear is a bit better.

If you go for a computer, get either a Phenom II X4 or X6 if you want AMD, or one of the Sandy Bridge CPU's with a "K" in the number. That's a very high-end system you're getting there, what games are you playing? Most people do not need that much power, even with gaming.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 01:59 AM

I'm actually reluctant to buy one from a smaller vendor such as those, because of my recent experience I wound up sending one back. Huge waste of time and even lost some money on it. I know Dell/Alienware is definitely pricey but a dell was actually my first computer a few years back that i bought. It lasted over 3-4 years and I used it A LOT. I had some very minor problems if I recall around the 5th year it crapped out. So my one experience with Dell was definitely good. I do like to run all of my games on ultra and I'd like to be able to do that down the road hopefully with this build as well. So since the incident recently I'm willing to pay the extra money, wait a bit longer, but when it gets here know that I'll be good for a few years with a good rig. So yeah in the end i'm willing to pay up.

Waiting another month for parts, or another bleep computer sent to my house is out of the question.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 04:45 AM

Nicely overclocked CPU :clapping: Overall a strong system :thumbup2:

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:44 PM

That is a good PC you have there, it's just, you could save cash or get a higher quality system. As for parts, you would have the parts within a week if you ordered now on Newegg since most parts ship within 24 hours. With Maingear, you are getting a very heavily tested system, I haven't had any problems whatsoever out of mine. Velocity was a little different, only because the Asus motherboard was so picky and had a flaw that manifested itself as potentially other issues. I've never owned a Dell, the only non-boutique manufacturers I've dealt with are Sony and Compaq, now HP.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 12:35 AM

Compaq and HP are pretty much the same but there laptops are just horrible. On Saturday i was given a Compaq which was overheating. I took it apart which was one hell of job and the fan was pretty clean. I managed to put it back and the CPU temperature was still really high, the GPU was boiling hot and hard drive was over 50C and reaching 60C. I reckon they just have crappy cooling system. I would still stick with Toshiba, Asus and Lenovo :thumbsup:

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:14 PM

I owned a Compaq before they merged with HP and became a budget brand. It was a decent PC, no problems. My Sony laptop is an old desktop replacement that has survived the abuse of college life and is now almost eight years old and still going strong. Cooling is a bit dicey given the age of the thing.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:30 PM

LOL, then don't buy a HP aka Compaq. Sony laptops are pretty good with the option to customize.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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