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Hi.

My friend is about to buy an Alienware desktop computer (http://www.dell.com/dk/p/alienware-a...=dhs&cs=dkdhs1 this one with various upgrades) and I find myself in the situation, that I believe that Alienware is no good. Is this true? Have you guys had any bad experiences with Alienware desktops, and are there any better and cheaper computers out there? My friend does not wish to custom-build it himself, as he is a noob when it comes to the interior of a computer.

Thanks!
post #2 of 73
alienware is similar to apple, very expensive but good quality.
build a custom one, is cheaper and probably better as you can suit it to exact needs
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He's your friend. You could always build him one, with his money.
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They look cool, but that's about it. If he knows someone who is willing to build him a decent PC, that will always be the best option.
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Originally Posted by [xPt]FLuX View Post
alienware is similar to apple, very expensive but good quality.
build a custom one, is cheaper and probably better as you can suit it to exact needs
unfortunately I have not heard this about alienware. I have heard numerous horror stories of wiring gone wrong/whatnot.

Alienware is hugely overpriced, and DIY will always be better. However, if you have never built a computer before, have never seen the inside of a computer, or aren't a very tech-type of guy, then building your own computer can seem rather daunting.

so you can either buy a pre-built one and pay a premium, or learn how to DIY
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How about this one? It's a danish website.
http://www.fcomputer.dk/Systemer/Foe...ltimO_Gamer_II
It's around 3000 DKK cheaper than an upgraded Alienware, which is around 570 dollars cheaper. Is it recommendable, as it is customizable as well?
post #7 of 73
They're good but overpriced. You pay a massive premium for the name.

Tell your friend to get someone to build them a pc. I'm sure you have a pc shop around where you are, go in there and tell them what you want and they'll get the right parts and put it together, you'll get better price/performance ratio (most of the time)
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How about this one? It's a danish website.
http://www.fcomputer.dk/Systemer/Foe...ltimO_Gamer_II
It's around 3000 DKK cheaper than an upgraded Alienware, which is around 570 dollars cheaper. Is it recommendable, as it is customizable as well?
changes to this build:

1) no need for x6 for gaming. a quad will do fine
2) change the 6870 to a 5850 ~ saves you quite a bit without compromising performance
3) change 8gb of RAM to 4gb - no need for 8gb for gaming
4) change psu from 1000w generic crappy brand to 650 corsair TX
post #9 of 73
ibuypower is the best for pre-built gaming pc's. quite cheap too...
EDIT: this is pretty damn close to the price you'd pay for a build of this standard DIY...
Edited by stinky - 5/21/11 at 4:57am
post #10 of 73
he is not in USA he is in denmark

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