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Tell you what.

I haven't owned Alienware for Two reasons:

Price: Everything costs way too much. Using very similar, if not better components, I can build their $2500 machine for less than $1500.
Internal Components: Unless you specify, you get the cheap parts. Budget RAM, low profile cards, etc. Even if you specify, They stop at certain speeds. You want faster RAM? You buy it separately, then.
you make a valid point about price. but that's why you wait for the back-to-school sales or get a refurbished model from the dell outlet (the m11x can be had for next to nothing). tons of money can be saved this way. they also offer no interest financing, online coupons, and free shipping. not to mention the customer service is very friendly (at least they were when i spoke to them).

as far as the internal components go, i think they use very good equipment. asus mobo's, evga graphics cards (not sure what they use for ati), elpida ram (i had really good luck oc'ing this ram 1333mhz to 1600mhz no sweat), decent seagate hd (even though they get bad feedback from some, mine was fine), re-branded psu's that are actually well-built. really, the only beef that can be made about their equipment is their cases are far from well-designed. they have very poor air flow (at least it is with my p2 chassis).

i am not trying to start an argument with anyone here. just please keep the bashing out of it. there is no question a computer can be built for much less than alienware charges. it all comes down to personal preference and budget.
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apparently it has. I took apart a M11x gaming netbook and was suprised to se a WD black hard drive and i think it was samsung brand battery. But they dont build them like they used to you can be sure of that!
ALMOST every company lowered their standards over the past two years, to compensate for the economy...
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Macbook Pro FTW

OK bad comment for sure.
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Meh, that's an old system. It also had issues where the trackpad polling rate would be stuck at 22hz. M17x R2 works great!
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"I had an Alienware laptop - I loved that thing - but I was always getting heat-lag. No matter what program I tried (and I tried dozens) I couldn't control the fanspeed manually."

"The fanspeed was linked to the heat output of the CPU (a cool-running Core2Duo) and ignored the fact that the nVidia 7600m was cooking an egg while trying to run Max Payne."

"Eventually the GPU died, it is sitting on top of my dresser now, some times I open it, and pretend to type on it, I imagine I'm playing Giants:Citizen Kabuto at 60FPS with max AA and AF. I miss you. One day I will have $100 to spare on a replacement, obsolete, crappy, GPU for you."

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You could just take out the HDD if you haven't if you have important stuff on it.
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All the way to 316mhz???
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ALMOST every company lowered their standards over the past two years, to compensate for the economy...
not that much tho. I mean dont you in the end want a good product? I would gladly pay more for better quality
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Is this remedied by using a higher capacity power brick? I mean, is the flaw with the power brick itself not being able to deliver enough power, or some internal power-handling component isn't working properly?
    
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Love my Gateway MS 2290. Slim, relatively light, 17", and a good gamer. Only $800.

Some people spend too much on Laptops.
Acer 4820tg - $799 on Amazon.
Gets P1,307 in 3dmark11.
<3

Most alienware laptops have SOME kind of problem.

Even the popular mx11 has the hinge issue. I'd never buy one...
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Acer 4820tg - $799 on Amazon.
Gets P1,307 in 3dmark11.
<3

Most alienware laptops have SOME kind of problem.

Even the popular mx11 has the hinge issue. I'd never buy one...
My M11x had the hinge issue. The screen was so poorly aligned that I could fit my thumb in between the gap between my monitor and bottom chassis on one side, and could barely slip a piece of paper through on the other (like... between the part that houses the components and the LCD). I was stunned by the poor build quality when I received mine, especially considering I decked the thing out with extra ram, an SSD and an i7 processor. Shipped that piece of crap back the next week when I was finally able to speak to a customer service rep that didn't have a blatant "english isn't my first language" accent. I guess that's what I get for being a Canadian Alienware customer.
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