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Ok was looking at an alienware today at micro center the model number is above and retails for 1950 dollars plus tax! Looking at that thing its wow factor 4 sure but I just cannot justify spending 2 grand without knowing what iam getting so feel free to correct me on the specs if iam wrong.... cpu is intel i7 3820 model- price 229, moving on to the graphics we have a radeon hd 6870 looked up the prices at micro center and its showing 160,comes with a windows home premmium 64 bit - price 110, 8 gb ddr3 memory- 58 dollars, 2tb dual harddrives-110 dollars,optical dvd x 24-25 dollars,liquid cooled cpu I saw a few kits for 100 dollars,it didn't state which motherboard they use but let's just assume 100 dollars for arguments sake and of course that awsome case they use to lure people in lol, iam just guessing here but they probbly build there own mobos and cases for a decent markup but let's add all that up 867 dollars plus tax of course! Iam not downplaying alienware at all if I had the money I would have 1 right now but common sence would tell you to build yourself a rig on your own that can more then likely beat that one for half the price am I right? Let me know what you guys think,opps forgot the psu add another 100 dollars if you will plus another 100 for cables and etc still quite over priced if u ask me
     
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thats where they get the people who feel they can't build a computer lol but that's why places like this are here to help theme build a rig@!!!!
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you allowed to much for the board its a Dell board
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I... what?

Do you realize where you are?
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I relize obviously company's have to make money but to charge double the cost I don't know somethings weird there,trucker guy your right about the board I just wasn't sure if they use oem or aaftermarket.
     
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OEM it cost them about 20 dollars to make the cpu is about half of retail as with everything eles they make thier money this way as well as having Windows load the mobo drivers on the OS wgat this dose is make it so you have to use a Dell Windows OS if you use this board a retail verssion of Windows will never load right with a Dell mobo
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When you buy alienware, you get a computer that performs far worse than a self-built computer for the same price. Or to put it another way, you pay several hundred dollars more for the same performance compared to building yourself.

It's simply a bad idea if if you have two working hands, can read, and thus can build your own computer.
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When you buy alienware, you get a computer that performs far worse than a self-built computer for the same price. Or to put it another way, you pay several hundred dollars more for the same performance if you build yourself.
It's simply a bad idea if if you have two working hands, can read, and thus can build your own computer.

This. Long story short, Alienware seeks to bring "affordable" gaming rigs to the masses who aren't comfortable building a system themselves lol. Even with all the money you pay for the thing, all you get is a 6870 (not even cross-fired).
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I wouldn't mind having that case,even tough I've never owned one so I can't speak about the performance but on paper it dosent seem much.what do u guys think about I buy power same has alienware?
     
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Yes. All the premade companies rip you off. Though I suppose ibuypower will probably rip you off $100 less or so than alienware. Just buck up, give this forum some good information about what you want your computer to do, what your budget is, what parts you need, what your monitor situation is, and ask for a parts list.

Then build your own computer for a significantly better experience than Alienware. You can even add glowy bits if you really want glowy bits.
    
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