It's sad that there are so many trolls and haters.
Fact of the matter is that if you are smart about it, you can get a great Alienware for a decent price as long as you do the majority of the upgrades yourself rather than paying for the overpriced cost of hardware from Dell.
I got my M18X R1 for $2200 with the minimal amount of hardware possible with an Alienware 18.4" accommodating backpack. I upgraded the RAM, installed my old Intel X-25M, picked up a Killer-1103 and did all the work myself and paid a little more then if would have picked up an Asus for around $2000 that would have only had 1 GPU and only 17.3" display.
I paid $50 for the Killer-1103 on Ebay , $70 for the 32GB of G.Skill from Newegg while they were on sale, and used my old X-25M SSD from my desktop.Edited by ohms - 6/11/13 at 8:30pm