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    Senior Member kevind_2007's Avatar
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    I was wondering if anyone owns an Alienware Computer. If so, I was curious to how good of gaming pcs they were. Thanks!
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    I have one at work and it is really fast. However, they are also unstable compared to my home-built system, make the room very hot, and are definitely not worth the $1000 premium. I spec'ed out the components from Newegg that are in Alienware systems--the EXACT same except for the case--and the price was $1500 versus $2500 for the same configuration from Alienware.
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    Well alienware does not simply slap them in a fancy case. They do optomize them with custom drivers, and configureations they get from the manufactuers to make them work more effeciently, and that is where the higher price comes in. Although I still dont think its worth the extra coinage. However, I would like to get one of their laptops, as I am currently in the market for a high performace laptop that I wont have to replace for at least 4-5 years..

    As far as pc gaming, that is pretty much what they are made for..
    My cousin bought one when they first came out with the antec(aka dragon) case a few years ago, and it still works great for most games, although he has upgraded the video card,ram,processor, and added a raid setup..


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    From personal experience, this system I'm using now is nothing that I couldn't have built. They didn't seem to optimize anything except for installing good drivers--something I could have done. They didn't do much for cooling because the CPU is at 37C right now just idle, and I have the AlienIce cooling as well for the video card.

    They're not bad computers, just not worth the price if you know how to build one.
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