Alienware gets a bad rep for no reason
Pros: -Extremely compact
Cons: -Requires a decent amount of $$$ and knowledge to successfully upgrade it (to be the gaming powerhouse people "expect" it to be).
Other Thoughts: Alright, let me break it down for you...
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Build your won
Pros: it looks pretty cool with the unique alien ware markings and mouse.
Cons: i have built my own for 750$ and also bought a $50 headset and 70$ keyboard and mouse and it stil overall costs around $900 and over performs by around 20% please just save your money go to nevegg's youtube and watch their videos to build your own you will feel more accomplished and you can always upgrade in the future
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240 watt Power Supply?
Cons: Darn near a Grand for a "GAMING" PC with a fairly #$%@ graphics card and a 240 watt power supply. Good luck upgrading this thing. Dell needs to either sell Alienware back to the people who made it a household name or just take it out back and shoot it.
Other Thoughts: What is it with Dell taking fairly decent computers and ruining them with wimpy power supplies. 240 watts is pathetic. The most I have seen in a Dell computer is 300 watts. Dell needs to step up its game.
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Decent box, but not "boutique" quality.
Pros: Very good performance.
Cons: Much larger than photos would lead one to believe
Other Thoughts: This product is getting three stars because it is loaded with annoyware. Otherwise it's a decent machine for the money. I feel like I paid extra for the smaller form factor and the alienware name, but it's still large, about the size of a small desktop case and it has a cumbersome power supply. Performance is good, yet the overall quality of the product seems very midrange. Alienware is supposed to be the kind of brand you drool over but wasn't drooling when I saw this thing. It's just an average PC in a not-so-much smaller case that you'll have to spend time removing unwanted software from.
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