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Thats understandable but it sounds like the father was one of those people who throw money at a problem to get it fixed as they dont want to waste their time doing research.. Like my dad..

Odds are he could've had it custom made somewhere else online or at a local shop and would've saved a ton of money for the same specs. Or he couldve craigslisted someone to build it.

I cannot justify doing that for anything. I'd rather spend my time researching and learning (even if its just where the cheapest place to buy a custom desktop) then to waste money on it.
Nonsense. He wanted service and support and was willing to pay a premium for it.

I don't endorse boutique builder's overcharging customers but the reality is that Alienware has the backing of Dell. That means there is zero chance of warranty and technical support going away.

Local shops come and go like the breeze (I should know, I owned a computer store chain for a number of years). Margins on hardware are pathetic and it's very difficult to compete against the Dell and HP's of the world.

MY friend had never even heard of NCIX or Newegg. It would be pretty hard to convince him that he could use either as a venue. What he wanted was a brand (his company uses Dell) and the assurance that there would service and warranty support.

The generation ahead of mine (I'm mid 40's) for the most part are even more brand bound. I spent 45 minutes trying to talk a father in law that only buys Sony products to consider a Sharp Aquos... Waste of time.

Dell bought Alienware for this exact demographic. We at sites like this have the benefit of some background at least.
Edited by Robilar - 3/28/11 at 7:21pm
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,.... you mean like when i priced my current build all said and done around 3500-4000 and a comparable alienware was $8k with a quarter of the hdd space/raids and a third less gpu power >.>

..and on how easy it it. its not like its brain surgery anyone with access to google can build thier own rig. >.>
You spent $4000 on yours? I have nearly the same system and it cost me under $1500.... And I have TWO XFX HD6950's..
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Not sure if this has been posted:

DELL OWNS ALIENWARE
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I was going to buy a Dell in 09.. But I got the local Computer guy to build it..
Saved $1200

Now that im 15 going on 16, I have the knowledge now and familiar with computers. I learned how to swap PSU's, GPU's, HDD's, Overclock, Optimize key components and how to break them (R.I.P. 5750)
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Just going to say the alienware mx11 looks amazing for the price.
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biggest thing about alienware that bugs me is the fact it costs $1200 to upgrade from 6gb 1600 ram to 12gb 1600 ram....
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Yea I was thinking about the same recently... such high prices that are not even worth to look at.. imo, the brand is pretty much boosting the price. anyways, i am pretty sure they have a lot of buyers
    
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DELL OWNS ALIENWARE
Thanks for that. Surely no one has....
post #109 of 115
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Nonsense. He wanted service and support and was willing to pay a premium for it.

I don't endorse boutique builder's overcharging customers but the reality is that Alienware has the backing of Dell. That means there is zero chance of warranty and technical support going away.

Local shops come and go like the breeze (I should know, I owned a computer store chain for a number of years). Margins on hardware are pathetic and it's very difficult to compete against the Dell and HP's of the world.

MY friend had never even heard of NCIX or Newegg. It would be pretty hard to convince him that he could use either as a venue. What he wanted was a brand (his company uses Dell) and the assurance that there would service and warranty support.

The generation ahead of mine (I'm mid 40's) for the most part are even more brand bound. I spent 45 minutes trying to talk a father in law that only buys Sony products to consider a Sharp Aquos... Waste of time.

Dell bought Alienware for this exact demographic. We at sites like this have the benefit of some background at least.
there was a thread here the other day where a guy said his dad wouldn't buy him an Asus because he's never heard of the company and doesn't trust that they'll be around or that they're good quality.

make fun of that all you want, but it's real. not everyone is some computer guru and "just google it" doesn't cut it if you don't know what you're looking for.

http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1...aming+computer

to someone who doesn't know a thing about computers you tell me how comfortable you would be with a company called ibuypower.

not to mention google any manufacturer and rip off or warranty issues and you'll see threads a mile long on the subject.
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These computer companies just like to take advantage of the ignorance of the public.
If they put an led keyboard, see-thru case, and an alien head on the machine it will bring in people that think it looks sick. That does not mean it looks good. My friend blew $4,000 on an alienware only to find from me it could be built for around $1500.

If I said I was a 'computer expert' and had a dell logo on my shirt and told people in my store a pentium 4 is the fastest cpu on the market, 75% of computer shoppers would agree with me.
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Not to mention the markup. 450w psu- Staples(why, I wouldn't know): $75 Newegg: $30
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