So what is the consensus here on Alienware? How is the build quality/noise levels/cooling?
Because I have been adding up the components for the new Area 51
and it actually seems quite reasonably priced. It still costs about $400 - $200 more then building it yourself, but in the past the alienware builds I looked at where alot more expensive.
Here is a rough list of the stock parts/what they probably go for on new egg, rough estimate
- Intel® Core™ i7-920 2.66 GHz 8MB Cache -- $300
- Case -- no real equivalent, assuming it is a high end case ~ $150
- Cooling -- I have no idea if they are using stock coolers or high end stuff ~ $100 - $0
- 750w Power supply -- varies alot depending on quality the pricest one on newegg is $300 ~ $300 - $100
- Single 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800 GT ~ $175 - $114
- 3GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 3 x 1024MB ~ $125 - $90
- Alienware® Approved Intel® X-58 Motherboard- Socket 1366 Core i7 Ready -- not sure what the i7 mobo are going to go for, probably ~ $400 - $220
- Windows Vista® Home Premium (64-bit Edition) with Service Pack 1 -- oem ~ $200 - $100
- 250GB SATA 3Gb/s 7,200RPM 16MB Cache -- ~ $75 - $50
- Dvd writer drive -- $20
Not bad for 1,650.00. Again more expensive then DIY, but maybe the warranty/ build quality might be worth it?
I am torn about the DIY build versus pre-built. On one hand I think building it myself might be alittle fun, but on the other hand I remember what a disaster my last custom built PC was (celeron 450mhz). The thing was a rat's nest, with heating issues, lots of fan noise, giant case that was still a pain to work in, and hardware that would be become unseated. While it is cool to hand pick components yourself, I am starting to think it may be worth it to get a warranty / professionally built machine.
Also, any good deals/coupons out there for Alienware? I know they are selling some of their older systems for about $200 less on black friday, but those systems are overpriced to begin with, so after the $200 they just become reasonable.
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