you are a bunch of wieners! i paid 1200$ for a setup that took me probably 5 hours total to build and gives me twice the performance as all urs! not hooked up yet, waiting for hard drive from newegg
Your desktop rig has no comparison, doesn't belong in this thread, and the things you stated in your sig rig tell me enough about you to know that your statement here has no meaning.
Besides, the "coolness" factor of my laptop alone not including any specs would blow your rig right out of the water.. with my Annodized Nebula Red Aluminum 17" LED blueray playing Crossfired laptop
Lets have some more details on this statement please, are you talking about a desktop or a laptop? If you're talking about a desktop... Why are you even in this thread? You can't compare laptops to desktops, sure they have similarly named hardware, but mobile hardware is VERY different than its desktop equivalent. I know that I personally would never buy a desktop from any kind of retail store or online store, building desktops yourself is always the better option and I'm sure most of the members in this club agree with me!
If you're talking about a laptop that you customized yourself from some other manufacturer then you need to rephrase your question, because that's not "building it yourself". If you did happen to build a laptop yourself using some kind of customizable chassis then your going to have extremely low build quality compared to our laptops.
With that said, most of the club members here have done their research. We own Alienware laptops because of the entire experience, not just because of the brand and reputation. Alienware laptops are probably some of the best built out there, they are extremely sturdy and don't feel like little plastic toys. Add to that the amazing warranty and repair services provided by Dell and you've got a laptop that won't be down for maintenance very long. Then there's the "cool" features that shouldn't even need mentioning like the AlienFX customizable lighting and the chassis design.
Overall I'd have to say Alienware offers the overall best consumer laptops available for purchase.
Alienware has a name for itself for a reason, or a few ^.