I believe in aliens.

So my four year old computer died, a deadly combination of motherboard and CPU failure. Cost-wise it made no sense to replace both pieces, as the computer was already showing its age. So instead I went ahead and ordered a new Alienware. Weee.

Intel E6850 liquid cooled, Nvidia 8800GT, 4 gigs of DDR2 ram, X-Fi card, 10,000 RPM hard drive, oh and a hat. The hat really made it impossible not to order.

This will be my first Alienware, after ordering an ABS two times before. While happy with ABS, I wanted to give Alienware a try, plus the price (just under 3,000) was far more reasonable than what ABS was offering. The computer comes with Vista loaded, so we will see how that goes. Recent research shows a lot of the early issues seem to be getting resolved, and the lure of Crysis in DX10 glory is quite strong. That plus playing games like The Witcher and NWN2 MotB without framerate issues will be nice, and I’m looking forward to cranking EVE to max at 1900×1200.

Now we play the waiting game for it to ship…

3 Responses to I believe in aliens.

  1. LadyPao says:

    Good luck with the new PC, I sure hope it fixes those NWN2 issues, I’ll be curious to hear.
    I’ve heard both good and bad things about Alienware, and that Dell’s support isn’t what it used to be. I hope that isn’t true as my 2 Dell 8250s have been champs for going on 7 years now. I’ve been browsing the mags and websites for a new system, and I can’t believe the variety available these days, and the price variations. I guess the deciding factor really is customer support and customer feedback.
    And yes – I’m freaking jealous, ya happy now??? :P

  2. Knaledge says:

    A refurbished dual quad core Mac Pro with a $250 880GT using natit+ comes in under $2800.

    although I’m unaware of your comfort level regarding DIY (build your own) – rest assured you bought a lot of hype there.

    $850 nets 4GB of DDR2, 8800GT, 45nm Penryn quad core (3Ghz) and an Asus IP35. Toss in a RaptorX 150GB ($240 OEM, $170 @ CompUSA – buy fast!), and a 750W PSU with a decent case ($130~) and you’re still shy of $1200. Enermax, SilenX, Silverstone, etc.

    No off-brands.

    However, if you’re looking for a decent OOB experience, Alienware has been considered a stronger contender these days. Especially after the Dell acquisition.

    Here’s to your new $3000 ‘puter. Commenting to make it known if I had the $3000 I might have made it work a bit more for me.

  3. Knaledge says:

    *dual core x2 (quad core total) – brain fart on the above.

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