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Thread: Is Getting An Alienware Worth It?

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    I mean....its a shit load of money....and I dont want to only play games on it....I really need a fast, powerful PC. Plus, my PC cant handle most PC games...does it operate as a normal PC? Can I install Windows on it?
    If anyone here has one, tell me how great it is....a review of it, if you will...

  2. Games   -   #2
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    you pay what you get

    u want powerful computers, pay up

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    Alienware PCs are, in my opinion, hugely overpriced pieces of crap. The only reason people buy them is either beacuse they're stupid and want to show off or because they have too much money and want to show off. People of the "Fast & The Furious" generation, if you will. For example "Wow! Dude, that Civic's got a 42" fake exhaust, so it's faster than a spaceship!" is similar to "Wow! Dude, I just blew nine million dollars on an Alienware, so I'm brilliant!".

    If you've got a moderate amount of computer hardware knowledge and some money to lay out, you can build a PC with the same specs as an Alienware for less money.

    Plus, if you're not really a big gamer, there is very little reason to buy an incredibly expensive PC. If you need a powerful PC to do tasks which require a lot of computing power, then you should look into either building a PC yourself, or buying a pre-fabricated PC. However, I would strongly advise against buying an Alienware (unless you're stupid or you've got too much money)
    On a given day or given circumstance, you think you have a limit.
    And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit and you think "Ok, this is the limit".
    As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further.
    With your mind power, your determination, your instinct and the experience as well, you can fly very high.

    - Ayrton Senna, R.I.P.

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    build your own alienware pc.....I thought it was going to be hard to build my own PC, so I did a search on the net on how to build your own PC. It was fun building my own PC and I paid way less then what I would at a PC store.

  5. Games   -   #5
    muchspl2
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    hell a good alienware will cost over 2g's for that you can peice together a better set up
    saw this recently for around 2400, but you can save so much getting a cheaper vid card, you don't need 2 gig's of ram

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  6. Games   -   #6
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  7. Games   -   #7
    Originally posted by muchspl2@9 April 2004 - 05:31
    hell a good alienware will cost over 2g&#39;s for that you can peice together a better set up
    saw this recently for around 2400, but you can save so much getting a cheaper vid card, you don&#39;t need 2 gig&#39;s of ram

    Cases (Computer Cases, ATX Form)
    ANTEC Performance PLUS Model PLUS1080AMG- with Antec Original TRUE 430W P4 Power Supply ATX12V Retail
    Specifications:
    Case type: SOHO File Server
    Case Color: Antec Metalic Gray
    Case Dimensions: 20.6" x 8.1" x 18.6" (H/W/D)
    Drive bays: 10
    Front accesible 4x 5.25, 2x 3.5" Internal 4x 3.5"
    Expansion Slots: 3 Short 4 Full Length
    2 Rear Standard Fans 1 Side fan
    Washable Air Filter in front more info>
    N82E16811129115 &#036;112.00
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    CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives)
    Plextor 8X DVD-RW +RW DVD Recorder - Model PX-708A/SW-BL Black Retail
    Specifications:
    Interface: ATAPI EIDE
    Data Transfer Rate: Burst (UDMA/33) 33MB/s
    Writing DVD+R: 8x, DVD-R: 4x , CD-R: 40x
    Rewriting DVD+RW: 4x , DVD-RW: 2x , CD-RW: 24x
    Reading DVD-ROM: 12x , CD-ROM: 40x
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    Specifications:
    Supported Socket type4 478
    Material: Aluminum with copper
    Fan Speed: 5600 RPM
    Air Flow: 35.5 CFM
    Bearing type: T.M.D.
    Dimensions 74.5x87.5x60 (mm)
    Life Cycle: 80,000 Hrs. (Comes with thermal Compound) more info>
    N82E16835110008 &#036;23.99
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    &#036;26.99 ea.@10+
    &#036;26.99 ea.@15+
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    Works With All Standard 1.44MB & 72OKB 3.5 Floppy Diskettes are compatible with all industry standard 1.44MB and 72OKB 3.5 floppy diskettes.
    Easy to Install&#33; Just Plug & Play&#33; * For IBM5 & 100% Compatible Computers .
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    &#036;6.5 ea.@20+
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    WD WESTERN DIGITAL "SPECIAL EDITION" 250GB 7200RPM 8MB EIDE HARD DRIVE MODEL # WD2500JB - OEM, DRIVE ONLY
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    Seek time: 8.9ms
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    Retail Box (see pics for details) more info>
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    Motherboards - Intel
    ABIT IC7-G, Intel 875P chipset for Socket 478 800MHz Canterwood ATX Motherboard RETAIL
    Specifications:
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    Chipset:Intel® 875P / ICH5 RAID
    FSB:800/533MHz
    RAM:4x 184pin Dual DDR 400 Max 4GB
    IDE:2 x Ultra DMA 33/66/100 Connectors up to 4 Devices
    SATA:4 x Serial ATA 150 Connectors up to 4 Devices
    Slots:1 x AGP PRO, 5 x PCI slots
    Ports:2xPS2,1xLPT,1xCOM,2xUSB,1xLAN, and Audio Ports:
    Onboard Audio: 6-Channel AC 97 CODEC
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    Intel Pentium 4 / 3.0CGHz 512k socket 478 Hyper Threading Technology 800 MHz FSB - RETAIL
    Specifications:
    CPU: 3.0GHz
    Type: Pentium 4 Northwood
    Cache: 512K
    BUS: 800 Mhz
    Socket: 478
    Retail box (with Heatsink and Fan)
    3-year MFG. Warranty- more info>
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    106dB SNR: The best Sound Blaster clarity ever, rivaling home-theater audio quality for music, games, & movies
    6.1 surround sound: Experience superior multi-channel audio from MP3s, CDs, 3D games and Dolby Digital EX movies with a rear center speaker more info>
    N82E16829102158 &#036;75.00
    &#036;75.00

    Video Cards
    **This item is NOT REFUNDABLE, exchange for same exact item only&#33;&#33;**
    ATI SAPPHIRE RADEON 9800 PRO ULTIMATE 256MB DVI/TV 8X AGP RETAIL
    Specifications:
    Chipset:ATI RADEON 9800 PRO
    Memory:256MB DDR RAM
    Bus:AGP 8X
    256-bit memory interface
    First to fully support DirectX® 9.0 and the latest OpenGL® functionality
    New SMARTSHADER 2.1 technology allows users to experience complex, movie-quality effects in next-generation 3D games and applications
    128-bit floating-point color precision allows for a greater range of colors and brightness
    Ports: VGA + DVI + S-Video
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    around &#036;2400.00 +/-
    Thanks for the info.

    Guess I&#39;ll build my own then....

  8. Games   -   #8
    muchspl2
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    Originally posted by SingaBoiy@9 April 2004 - 05:30
    Actually... &#036;2173.97&nbsp;
    the remainder is my "consulting" fee

  9. Games   -   #9
    If you want to save a ton of cash over that setup, get an AMD processor. Very fast, and very inexpensive. Or, if you&#39;re fine with the price, buy a 64 Bit AMD 3200+.

  10. Games   -   #10
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    Originally posted by DWells55@9 April 2004 - 06:44
    If you want to save a ton of cash over that setup, get an AMD processor. Very fast, and very inexpensive. Or, if you&#39;re fine with the price, buy a 64 Bit AMD 3200+.
    dude, if he&#39;s got cash to burn his best bet is with an intel processor

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