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Do PC shops build Alienware computers?


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#1 blub

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:55 AM

My cousin was showing me his new custom built PC which he says is an "alien." I asked if it was a Dell and he said no. He said that the guy at the local computer shop custom built it for him. But that computer is definitely one of Dell's Alienware computers. Do independently owned computer shops build Alienware PCs? I thought that the only place you could get them was from the Alienware website.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 12:35 AM

PC shops can does can not use their cases, only the guys at Dell who builds it can.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 08:24 AM

It is possible that the computer shop guy was able to *source* an Alienware-like case for your cousin's computer.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:39 PM

Well...the obvious part that seems to be ignored...maybe the "builder" just ordered a Dell system and sold it as "custom-built".

If I really wanted to know...I'd take a look at the license...and support. If Dell provides the drivers and support and license...case closed.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:14 PM

maybe it was a alienware that the shop had custom ordered from dell for whatever reason, and then the original deal fell through so they resold it.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 06:17 PM

Would Dell really let consumers custom order a Alienware case?

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 01:25 PM

no, but they will let a customer customize a alienware-say the shop says I want a alienware with this CPU and this video card, and they will do that, which is what it means for a shop to custom order a computer. The shop may have ordered a customized alienware computer for a customer, the customer decided against it at the last second, and then the shop resold said computer to another person. Hence, a custom dell. It was made by dell but was a special order. At least, in my mind that was the most likely scenario.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 08:53 PM

That could be the case.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 12:29 PM

I checked out the Alienware website and the minimum cost for the computer would be around $2700. I can't imagine that my cousin would pay that much. If it was built at the PC shop, is it possible it would cost a lot less than $2700? I guess I'm a little concerned that he might have been scammed. Firstly, he doesn't seem to know that the computer is called Alienware and that it's basically a Dell. Secondly, the guy that built it for him has scammed a mutual relative numerous times. The guy actually stole parts out the relative's computer and then lied about it. So naturally, I'm a little concerned and skeptical here.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 03:08 PM

I reckon you should check the computer out itself first to verify if it is a Alienware and find out how he payed for it.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 11:01 PM

Also keep in mind there are a few alienware lookalike cases out there that look like alienwares but really arent. The key is looking for the logo and the name. As far as the price tag, depending on the specs you could concieveable build a decent gaming rig yourself thats not an alienware for less then 2700-alienwares are expensive. Reality of it is though alienware is no longer in existance-they are now called XPS.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 01:35 AM

I reckon you can build a system yourself that is equal to their price but much faster.

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