Originally Posted by Kaygee
Cool, that's good to know, on a side note, I know this is probably gonna get hit hard, BUT comparing this build to the highest possible Alienware x51 what are the benefits of me taking a chance with building this?
( by chances I mean, I have never done this before and have a fiancee that would kill me If this build went bad) I need some bargaining ground to convince her this is a better idea
That Alienware x51 is surprisingly well-priced for its parts. Let me briefly list some of the pros and cons to the computer to perhaps illustrate which may be more appealing to you; this is based off the top-level x51 (but without any accessories, OS upgrades, and whatnot).Pros:
- It's got a wireless card in it. I don't put much stock in wireless, personally -- I love wired connections for their stability -- but it may be useful to you.
- It's got a DVD burner, which I didn't include in my build's cost.
- It comes with Windows 7 pre-installed.
- It's backed by a Dell warranty and support.
- It comes with some peace of mind; you don't have to worry about compatibility or anything.Cons:
- Once you buy it, you can't make any changes without voiding the warranty. I'm pretty sure the warranty also doesn't allow for overclocking.
- You're more or less stuck with Dell's antiquated drivers.
- If you want to upgrade your rig to use Ivy Bridge or some shiny new part you found online, you can't use it.
- If something goes wrong or it's dead on arrival, you'll have to ship the whole thing off to who-knows-where and have factory grunts (no offense to anybody that works in tech support or anything) fiddle with your machine, which may mean you'll be out a computer for days or weeks.
- Similarly, when you want to get a new computer, you have to buy a whole new computer.
You can't just upgrade the one or two parts that need updating.
- It looks like every other Alienware computer out there.
I'm not going to go through another pro/con list for a customized build, because it'll largely be the opposite of the above. I would like to make special note, however, that if you build your own rig, you can just selectively upgrade parts when you feel like it, and each part comes with its own warranty.
Both paths are definitely viable options, and none of us will think any less of you if you decide to go with the pre-built computer, but you'll have a lot more control if you do things yourself.