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Cpt_ZigZag #1 Posted 22 April 2014 - 11:52 PM

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I know a lot of people now a days frown on Alienware as compared to building your own, but i cheated.  :)   Mine is a Aurora R4 with the ALX chassis.  It has the i7-4820k, 16G RAM, (generic atm) and a GTX 780.  The PSU is 850 watts, and i dont think i have ever challenged it.  

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Cpt_ZigZag #3 Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:01 AM

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close!!!!   lol

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SourHammer #4 Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:18 AM

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      I don't think many would argue about alienware making great gaming computers because they really are nice.

But the cost of building one your self is about half of what it would cost to buy an alienware.


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Cpt_ZigZag #5 Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:26 AM

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View Postdawson112299, on 22 April 2014 - 05:18 PM, said:

      I don't think many would argue about alienware making great gaming computers because they really are nice.

But the cost of building one your self is about half of what it would cost to buy an alienware.

1/2 or more.  I agree, i could have saved a lot in a self build, but omfg this thing is awesome.  I did a self build before buying this one.  It has a i3 12g RAM, and a 650ti. I think the whole thing cost me like 350-400.  It plays a lot of games on medium+ settings, and can still get really good frame rates out of intensive games like wowp.  ( 60 is easy, but i use razor on the i3, to be sure :P)

 


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View PostCpt_ZigZag, on 22 April 2014 - 08:26 PM, said:

1/2 or more.  I agree, i could have saved a lot in a self build, but omfg this thing is awesome.  I did a self build before buying this one.  It has a i3 12g RAM, and a 650ti. I think the whole thing cost me like 350-400.  It plays a lot of games on medium+ settings, and can still get really good frame rates out of intensive games like wowp.  ( 60 is easy, but i use razor on the i3, to be sure :P)

 

If you build it your self though you don't get that kicka$$ alienware case lol


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Cpt_ZigZag #7 Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:31 AM

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View Postdawson112299, on 22 April 2014 - 05:29 PM, said:

If you build it your self though you don't get that kicka$$ alienware case lol

LOL!!!  thats why i HAD to buy the second computer.  the i3 has been moved to the living room lol.   Nothing is more cool then to hear your computer 'working', look down to see it opening all the top vents, sick...


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View PostCpt_ZigZag, on 22 April 2014 - 07:52 PM, said:

I know a lot of people now a days frown on Alienware as compared to building your own, but i cheated.  :)   Mine is a Aurora R4 with the ALX chassis.  It has the i7-4820k, 16G RAM, (generic atm) and a GTX 780.  The PSU is 850 watts, and i dont think i have ever challenged it.  

Does anyone else have a Alien? 

 

M18 here. Dual 780s, 16 GB RAM, i7 processor.

 

M17xR4 as well, i7, 32 GB RAM, and a fried/blown/electrocuted GTX 675... Inoperable at the moment. Need to get it fixed.

 

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View PostGeorgePatton, on 22 April 2014 - 06:24 PM, said:

 

M18 here. Dual 780s, 16 GB RAM, i7 processor.

 

M17xR4 as well, i7, 32 GB RAM, and a fried/blown/electrocuted GTX 675... Inoperable at the moment. Need to get it fixed.

 

HUGE alienware fan. Matter of fact, I made this for my desktop... fully functional sci-fi clock, and awesome take on the alienware logo. :D

 

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sick.  how do the dual 780's run?  One alone is sick, i could only.....


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coherenttopgun #10 Posted 23 April 2014 - 01:53 AM

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Why does everyone use intel these days... oh right its a monopoly i self built and i have the fx 8350 vishera thinking of upgrading my 1 gb video card soon

 

EDIT: I was thinking of buying an Alienware Steam Box is it worth it?


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I use a Dell XPS box and for WoWP and WoT it works fine. About half the cost as well.

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I know this thread is regarding Alienware, but...

 

When it comes to gaming on a "gaming laptop", Asus has REALLY earned my respect.  I'm playing on a 4.5 yr old G73jh with an I-7 2.4ghz (turbo'd, but it's capable of running at that as long as cooling permits) with an ATI 5870 GPU.  I've upgraded to 12 gig of ram and to a SSD.  I damaged the screen (while cleaning it) and replaced the 17" 720p with a full HD 1080p screen.  I've had the experience of learning to Bios and VBios upgrades (didn't brick it either time! yay!).  I've lived through the pain of "upgrading" to windows 8.1 from Win 7 (I couldn't get my HDD to clone properly and had to purchase a full OS since the starter disks wouldn't load right either on the SSD).

 

I've dropped this thing on the lid from waist height.  I've had stuff fall on the keyboard and screen.  The unit is constantly exposed to vibration and rapid heat/cool cycles.  This thing has hung on pretty well.  I believe on reason is the cooling design.  The GPU and CPU each have their own fan and heatsink/ heatpipe thingy.  Most laptops only use one fan. 

 

I know this is an alienware thread, but I've been so impressed with this Asus laptop and its longevity that I had to offer a counterpoint in manufacturers of gaming PC.  From what I understand from my occasional visits to the RoG (Republic of Gamers) forums is that there's a pretty good community of help for Asus products as well.


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HIGHJACKERRSSS!!!!   (sOOO just kidding)     Asus is outstanding, i have a few friends that swear by them.   

View Postcoherenttopgun, on 22 April 2014 - 06:53 PM, said:

Why does everyone use intel these days... oh right its a monopoly i self built and i have the fx 8350 vishera thinking of upgrading my 1 gb video card soon

 

EDIT: I was thinking of buying an Alienware Steam Box is it worth it?

I honestly dont know.  I however, also plan on buying on, or trying one least.  I recommend upgrading the 1g card.  Games are getting more and more GPU intensive with each new release.   


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Processor(s)
•Processor •CPU_Name: Intel® Core i7-4820K CPU @ 3.70GHz
•CPU_Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
•CPU_Caption: Intel64 Family 6 Model 62 Stepping 4
•CPU_Version:
•CPU_ProcessorId: BFEBFBFF000306E4
•CPU_CurrentClockSpeed: 1184MHz
•CPU_AddressWidth: 64Bits
•CPU_DataWidth: 64Bits
•CPU_SocketDesignation: CPU 1

•Verified Hardware Device against Order: VARIABLEXYZ
•Verify Correct Processor Frequency

System Memory

BIOS Information
•BIOS_Manufacturer: Alienware
•BIOS_Name: BIOS Date: 11/26/13 14:42:56 Ver: 04.06.05
•BIOS_Version1: A11
•BIOS_Version2: ALWARE - 1072009

Motherboard Information
•MB_Manufacturer: Alienware
•MB_Product: 0FPV4P
•MB_SerialNumber: ..CN697023CC0407.
•MB_Version: A00

Video Adapter
•Video_Caption: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Ti OEM
•Video_AdapterRAM: -2048MB
•Video_DriverVersion: 9.18.13.2078

Hard Drive(s)
•ST2000DM ST2000DM001-1CH1 SCSI Disk Device •Disk_Model: ST2000DM ST2000DM001-1CH1 SCSI Disk Device
•Disk_Size: 2000 GB
•Disk_Partitions: 4
•Disk_TotalHeads: 255
•Disk_TotalCylinders: 243201
•Disk_TotalTracks: 62016255
•Disk_TracksPerCylinder: 255


Optical Drives / Other Storage
•PLDS DVD+-RW DH-24AWS SCSI CdRom Device

OperatingSystem: MS Windows 7 Home Premium Edition

DirectXVersion: DirectX 11

IRQ Configuration
•0 System timer
•1 -empty-
•2 -empty-
•3 -empty-
•4 Communications Port (COM1)
•5 -empty-
•6 -empty-
•7 -empty-
•8 System CMOS/real time clock
•9 -empty-
•10 -empty-
•11 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset SMBus Host Controller - 1D22
•12 -empty-
•13 Numeric data processor
•14 -empty-
•15 -empty-
•16 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Virtual Root Port - 1D3E
•16 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller #2 - 1D2D
•17 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 - 1D10
•19 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Root Port 4 - 1D16
•19 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Root Port 8 - 1D1E
•22 High Definition Audio Controller
•23 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller #1 - 1D26
•32 Intel® Xeon® E5 v2/Core i7 PCI Express Root Port 2a - 0E04
•40 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Ti OEM
•44 High Definition Audio Controller
•190 Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System
 

 

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TheWhiteRaven #15 Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:28 PM

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I looked at Alienware HARD before buying my PC -- that case really is amazing.

 

When it came down to it, though, I got FAR more bang for my buck with a CyberPower PC rig. Spent $1,500 (including a $200 UPS, so more like $1,300) during their Christmas special. Saved something like $400 on the deals that were out at the time, got a free headset, keyboard, and gaming mouse, free copy of Battlefield 4, etc.

 

The big benefits to buying over building for me are a) time (I don't have enough to learn what I need to know and deal with ordering and assembly and such) and b) support. While I certainly COULD deal with faulty parts, etc., I like knowing I have a rock solid warranty on the stuff that might break.

 

And with all the deals I managed to snatch plus freebies, I didn't really spend any more than I would have (and that's including my ability to buy at wholesale as a tech company owner).

 

I guess I'm a bad techie after all... :-D


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I have the Alienware X51 running Windows 7 with 16 Gb of RAM, a 1.5 Tb hard drive and an nVidia GTX 660, I know my graphics card is the weak link in the bundle so if I ever upgrade anything, it'll be that.  I was looking at the GTX 670 since the power supply for the Alienware is notoriously difficult to replace.


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View Posttahee59, on 23 April 2014 - 08:35 AM, said:

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•Processor •CPU_Name: Intel® Core i7-4820K CPU @ 3.70GHz
•CPU_Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
•CPU_Caption: Intel64 Family 6 Model 62 Stepping 4
•CPU_Version:
•CPU_ProcessorId: BFEBFBFF000306E4
•CPU_CurrentClockSpeed: 1184MHz
•CPU_AddressWidth: 64Bits
•CPU_DataWidth: 64Bits
•CPU_SocketDesignation: CPU 1

•Verified Hardware Device against Order: VARIABLEXYZ
•Verify Correct Processor Frequency

System Memory

BIOS Information
•BIOS_Manufacturer: Alienware
•BIOS_Name: BIOS Date: 11/26/13 14:42:56 Ver: 04.06.05
•BIOS_Version1: A11
•BIOS_Version2: ALWARE - 1072009

Motherboard Information
•MB_Manufacturer: Alienware
•MB_Product: 0FPV4P
•MB_SerialNumber: ..CN697023CC0407.
•MB_Version: A00

Video Adapter
•Video_Caption: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Ti OEM
•Video_AdapterRAM: -2048MB
•Video_DriverVersion: 9.18.13.2078

Hard Drive(s)
•ST2000DM ST2000DM001-1CH1 SCSI Disk Device •Disk_Model: ST2000DM ST2000DM001-1CH1 SCSI Disk Device
•Disk_Size: 2000 GB
•Disk_Partitions: 4
•Disk_TotalHeads: 255
•Disk_TotalCylinders: 243201
•Disk_TotalTracks: 62016255
•Disk_TracksPerCylinder: 255


Optical Drives / Other Storage
•PLDS DVD+-RW DH-24AWS SCSI CdRom Device

OperatingSystem: MS Windows 7 Home Premium Edition

DirectXVersion: DirectX 11

IRQ Configuration
•0 System timer
•1 -empty-
•2 -empty-
•3 -empty-
•4 Communications Port (COM1)
•5 -empty-
•6 -empty-
•7 -empty-
•8 System CMOS/real time clock
•9 -empty-
•10 -empty-
•11 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset SMBus Host Controller - 1D22
•12 -empty-
•13 Numeric data processor
•14 -empty-
•15 -empty-
•16 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Virtual Root Port - 1D3E
•16 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller #2 - 1D2D
•17 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 - 1D10
•19 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Root Port 4 - 1D16
•19 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Root Port 8 - 1D1E
•22 High Definition Audio Controller
•23 Intel® C600/X79 series chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller #1 - 1D26
•32 Intel® Xeon® E5 v2/Core i7 PCI Express Root Port 2a - 0E04
•40 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Ti OEM
•44 High Definition Audio Controller
•190 Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System
 

 

this is the one I won from War Gaming, it came w/ fancy KB& M

its a 60 lbs beast

O!!!!!   Might be minez twin, it is in weight as well as most stats lol.   

MrP, the card is only a little off but i wonder what 'recommended settings' WOWP comes up with when u hit the button?  least medium i would guess, really good considering WOWP is like the hardest game ever on a computer.  

I am happy to see a lot of aliens in the forums.  They have quickly became my computer of choice and to that end i been eyeing the above mentioned steam player lol.

 


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I use nVidia's GeForce Experience that selects the graphic settings for me, it usually sets it at the highest settings there are and I get around...50-75 FPS


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View PostMrPsychic, on 23 April 2014 - 10:56 AM, said:

I use nVidia's GeForce Experience that selects the graphic settings for me, it usually sets it at the highest settings there are and I get around...50-75 FPS

Exactly the settings i use. 


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View PostCpt_ZigZag, on 22 April 2014 - 09:49 PM, said:

sick.  how do the dual 780's run?  One alone is sick, i could only.....

 

They run very well. I'm careful not to get them anywhere near max though. Like I said, I fried my 675 on my M17xR4, so I'm really nervous about pushing cards. (Did a lot of GPU rendering in 3ds Max with the M17)


@Mercsn, I seriously considered an RoG before I got my M18. They looked really cool and the hardware was on par with AW. I decided to go with the AW because my M17 had a REALLY awesome cooling system. I'm not sure about RoG, but AW has a closed ventilation system. The fans don't blow directly on any electronics, which means you don't have to worry about dust buildup actually in the machine. I have had experiences with Toshiba and Dell (before they took over AW) where the fan blew into the laptop, which resulted in the machine getting clogged with dust. I didn't want to take a chance on that with an expensive rig. Does the RoG use a closed system?

 

 

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