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DELL Alienware Aurora R4 Desktop PC - Intel Quad Core i7 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1.25GB, Windows 7 Home
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Rating: 5/5Powerful and Cheap for a SB-E 6 Core System
Pros: I have never purchased a gaming pc before. I always wanted to buy a full fledge gaming pc but unfortunately their prices were always far out of reach versus building my own. I I always built my own rigs since 1999 when I got into PC gaming.
So I was running a 920@4GHz since 2008 and I was due for an upgrade because many of cpu limited games started to show pretty badly. I saw this excellent deal and priced all the parts out on NewEgg and came to the conclusion that I would save a few hundred dollars buying this rig versus building a new rig. So I decided to pull the trigger.
Once the unit arrived in a big generic dell box (quite heavy) I was surprised how clean and like new the system was. The keyboard and mouse was brand new. They were wrapped in a vacuum sealed plastic. The desktop had some dust spectacles (I am assuming the unit was sitting in Dell warehouse after being repaired for some time), but looked and smelled brand new. Some parts around the desktop were wrapped in protective plastic. I opened her up and everything from the wiring and to the aesthetics was in the condition that I expected highly from Dell/Alieware. I checked the service tag on Dell's website and it said my unit was built in Jan 2013. It came with the keyboard drivers, and Alienware Windows 7 Home 64bit restore disc. It did not come with the respawn discs.
This same build at Alienware right now (excluding the GTX560ti) would of costed almost $1900. I was able to get this at $1175 from NewEgg. I was able to overclock the 3930K to 4.4Ghz (from 3.5Ghz) with a simple multiplier adjustment in the Bios. I know with some research I can get it to 4.8Ghz but I am completely satisfied with the speed it offers during gaming sessions.
Another cool thing thats really not talked about is that in games like BF3 or Metro Last Light is that the lights on the keyboard and system change colors depending on whats going on in the game. If you are hurt in BF3 the systems lights flash red until your life heals up. Or in Metro if you are are in the dark hiding, the lights on the system and keyboard turn off. And once you are back into the light the lights light up. Its pretty cool.
In all honesty I prefer the Aurora case over the Aurora ALX due to the fact that the vents are always open and do not require additional height clearance.
Cons: The cpu fan is not adjustable and can get quite loud when running anything cpu intensive (heavy gaming, rendering, compressing large files.).
It only has 5 USB 2.0 ports. The keyboard requires two ports (one for keyboard, and the other for the keyboard's power/lighting). The mouse will obviously take one so that leaves you with 2 USB 2.0 ports in the back. Of course you can use the USB 3.0 port.
The system only has 2 USB 3.0 ports. One in the rear and one in the front header.
The system only has 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports and 6 x SATA 3Gb/s ports.
The front header plastic cover that hides the front usb ports does not feel durable. It feels it can break when pushed in.
My GTX 780 barely fits due to the wiring inside the case. I believe the 780 is about 11.5 inches. I am quite sure the max the unit could fit is a a 12" card.
Other Thoughts: For this price you are getting an almost $600 processor which is almost half the cost of the system. Add the rest of the components up and you will see this price is pure robbery for Newegg. They are basically give you an awesome deal. You cant get a SB-E 6 core system for this price. Try Falcon, Try Cyber Power, or other boutique vendors.
Also with a quick adjustment in the bios you can get this sucker running faster than a 4960x, easily.
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