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…