What's the big deal? Why is it so popular amongst gamers? I've done a quick comparison between two rigs; one I purchased off of pcspecialist.co.uk, and a similar rig set up through Dell's Alienware® customisable page.
- CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k (3.40GHz)
Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V
GPU: 2GB nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Storage: 2Tb SATA
Others: Windows 7, liquid cooling, onboard 5.1 sound
- CPU: Intel Core i7-930 (2.80GHz)
Memory: 6GB DDR3 1333MHz
GPU: 2GB Radeon HD 6950
Storage: 1Tb SATA
Others: Windows 7, onboard 7.1 sound
That's... that's more than double the price of pcspecialist! And the Alienware® has inferior CPU, memory, storage space, and doesn't include liquid cooling. The GPUs are roughly equivalent, and the Radeon is $70/£50 more expensive than the nVidia... But a £1000 difference? Even if all the shiz in the Alienware® was branded, and the pcspecialist guts were all assembled by BeiruTek (Lebanon's finest computer parts manufacturer!), is it really worth the price difference?
Does anyone have experience with Alienware®? Is it all it's cracked up to be? Personally, I feel it's more of a geeky status symbol than a genuinely superior machine.