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Old 08-10-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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Just got Alienware

UPDATE:

So it looks like i'm getting a XPS 8100 INSTEAD. HERE'S THE SPECS...

intel core i7-870 processor (8MB cache, 2.93GHz)

6GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz-2X2GB/2x1GB
ATI Radeon HD 5670
750GB Serial ATA 2 Hard Drive 7200RPM
16x DVD+/-RW
THX TruStudio PC


Well, I pulled the trigger on a new computer. It's been A LONG time since i had a computer or internet. Probably about 2 years. The only internet access i've had was with my iphone or at work. lol

Here's the specs...

Intel Core i3 530 2.93GHz (4MB Cache)
4GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz (2x2)
Single ATI 5670, 1GB GDDR5
500GB - SATA-II 3Gb/s 7200RPM, 16MB Cache HDD
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
NERO 9, ANW
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Alienware High-Performance Liquid Cooling

First thing I'll probably do is pick up this Call of Duty everyone is raving about. And a lot of people at work always talk about WoW, so I'll pick that up too.

Oh, and it'll be hooked up to my 55" wall mount plasma tv.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:24 PM   #2
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Nice machine, just got slammed by my wife today b/c I want to replace my 4yr old model, which is a 2.6 dual core, with a 1gb video card...not sure on the specs, haven't opened it in awhile but yeah. She told me if I get a new computer, I will be living on the couch...so I will just deal with it for a little while longer.

Sounds like you have a nice machine...just don't taint it with WoW, I am a 4 year recovering wowcaholic. It's a dark path, very dark, and very lonely, and smells of hotpockets and Totstino's pizzas.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:30 PM   #3
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Nice machine, just got slammed by my wife today b/c I want to replace my 4yr old model, which is a 2.6 dual core, with a 1gb video card...not sure on the specs, haven't opened it in awhile but yeah. She told me if I get a new computer, I will be living on the couch...so I will just deal with it for a little while longer.

Sounds like you have a nice machine...just don't taint it with WoW, I am a 4 year recovering wowcaholic. It's a dark path, very dark, and very lonely, and smells of hotpockets and Totstino's pizzas.
I hear this all the time! it's a good thing i have some free time on my hands then! lol

it just sucks that it takes so long to build and deliver. I should get it around the 23rd.
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Nice machine. Alienware is cool, but be aware that their business model was based off the premiere computer gaming machine company Falcon Northwest...who still puts out a superior product, but at a higher price (and better customer service).

Alienwares are good machines though...I still like the fact that Falcon was able to paint mine the color of my car.



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Old 08-10-2010, 07:47 PM   #5
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^ That's pretty badass.

let me guess, the computer to the left is the wife's? lmao j/k
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:48 PM   #6
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I started looking at parts to put together my next PC sometime back in May. Lightning hit our house in June and fried my then PC, so I got a new one.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:58 PM   #7
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^ That's pretty badass.

let me guess, the computer to the left is the wife's? lmao j/k
No wife, thus the reason I'm able to afford the PC

That other machine was one I built, and is still pretty fast. It has 4 250GB drives in it, and is running SLI as well. I built it about 3 years ago, and the parts were pretty decent at that time.

The best thing about the new PC I have is that it's running a 256GB Solid State Drive. Some of the load times I have are just sick.

Here's the build -

Silverstone Icon Aluminum Chassis painted Chevy Imperial Blue Metallic
Side Panel with LED Blue Lighting
EVGA X58 SLI Motherboard
Intel Core I7 975 Extreme 3.33 GHz
Asetek CPU Water Cooling
Enermax Magma 1200 Watt Power SUpply
12 GB RAM (6 2GB D3 PC3-1333MHz)
X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Sound Card
LG 8X Blue-Ray Disk Writer
Atech Flash Media Reader
2 EVGA Superclocked GeForce 295 1.8GB Video Cards in SLI (That's quad SLI)
Corsair 256GB Solid State Drive
Western Digital 2TB Hard Drive
LG W3000H-BN 30" 5MS LCD Display
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:11 PM   #8
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^wow, that's awesome. I got pretty much the bare minimum when it comes to alienware. hopefully that's good enough, but i'm sure i can add a few things here and there later down the road, ie memory or video/sound cards.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:17 PM   #9
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You should play WoW on a private server. You can't get in trouble for it, and you'll get bored of it within a few months (compared to a few years).
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:25 PM   #10
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You should play WoW on a private server. You can't get in trouble for it, and you'll get bored of it within a few months (compared to a few years).
How would I go about playing on a private server? The reason i'm going to try it is because of a few guys at work. they've been playing now for about 2 years i believe. Also, what's the benefit of playing on a private server vs. non private?

I'm new to the whole online game playing, btw. lol
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:43 PM   #11
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Pro:
PS are free
PS have it to where you can level up at a faster rate (if you want) for example (2x, 5x, 10x, 25x, 100x) or instant level 80 (max), so you can go raiding immediately.

Downside:
PS don't have 24 hour support
PS sometimes don't have 100% working instances (levels with boss fights)
PS sometimes have invisible enemies, most have gotten rid of this
PS sometimes have noobs, usually less than normal wow servers

I say it's worth not having to pay $15/month. All you have to do is change 2 lines (copy/past from the website) in a .txt file to connect to the private server. There's nothing complicated about it.

You can't get in trouble for playing on one, but the owners of the PS can get in trouble for charging you to play on their server. Sometimes there are benefits to donating, sometimes not.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:52 PM   #12
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Pros to a private server:
- Free
- Faster leveling if its set up to do so

Cons of a private server:
- Full of bugs, like seriously, full of bugs
- Gets old really quick when everything is handfed to you
- Full of bugs
- Crashes all the time
- Laggy as all hell
- Little to no support at all (you get what you pay for)
- Full of hackers
- Full of bugs
- Not nearly as fun as a real server
- Full of bugs


Ive been playing WoW since beta and I do enjoy playing and paying 15 dollars a month in a game that is constantly releasing free content.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:59 PM   #13
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Not bad how much did u pay?

i paid 1,700 and built my own
Specs:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard
EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
OCZ Gold 12GB (6x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory:
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:00 PM   #14
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No one makes better gaming laptops than Alienware. I have owned 3:

m9750
m15x
m11x

My fav to date is the m11x. Simply bad ass.
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lol, looks like the cons outweigh the pros by a lot. I'll just play on the server my friends play on. they haven't had any issues so far.

Thanks guys.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:03 PM   #16
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Not bad how much did u pay?

i paid 1,700 and built my own
Specs:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard
EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
OCZ Gold 12GB (6x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory:
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
KINGWIN ABT-1050MM 1050W ATX 12V v2.2
CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
ACER 23 Inch LCD Monitor (sometimes i use my 65 inch flascreen)
Good stuff!

I paid $1049

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No one makes better gaming laptops than Alienware. I have owned 3:

m9750
m15x
m11x

My fav to date is the m11x. Simply bad ass.
does the 15 and 11 stand for screen size? if so, i don't know how you can play games on such small screens. lol I almost opted for the m15x tho.
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:23 PM   #17
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So...after posting on here and talking to my wife(and her telling me I don't need a new computer)...went home and started playing SC2, and all the sudden "POP" and no power...my computer will no longer come on. More than likely a power supply issue but I am going to try and work my way into getting a newer model, not quite as elaborate as OP though.
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:48 PM   #18
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Did you get the one with active venting with motorized vents on the top controlled by a desktop program? I don't want an alienware computer, but I do want this case

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Nice machine. Alienware is cool, but be aware that their business model was based off the premiere computer gaming machine company Falcon Northwest...who still puts out a superior product, but at a higher price (and better customer service).

Alienwares are good machines though...I still like the fact that Falcon was able to paint mine the color of my car.


Once again, I love your computerI wish I had the coin to make me one like this
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I enjoy to build my own. I am anal about wires and how things are ran I need to do it myself. You can't find a wire out of place in my case. No SLI Yet just waiting for the Ferni 470 to come down a little in price. Running it on Air as well.

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Delivery date is the 23rd, bah!
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12 GB RAM (6 2GB D3 PC3-1333MHz)
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2 EVGA Superclocked GeForce 295 1.8GB Video Cards in SLI (That's quad SLI)
Corsair 256GB Solid State Drive
Western Digital 2TB Hard Drive
LG W3000H-BN 30" 5MS LCD Display
Logitech G9 Mouse

How's the Corsair SSD doing? I tend to stay away from them atm, and chose Intel as my SSD of choice. I game regularly with several of the engineers at Intel's Folsom, CA campus.

Looks good!
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Congrats on the purchase. Sorry that you overpaid for something you could have built yourself. =)

At least you don't have to worry about tech support. Enjoy!
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How's the Corsair SSD doing? I tend to stay away from them atm, and chose Intel as my SSD of choice. I game regularly with several of the engineers at Intel's Folsom, CA campus.

Looks good!
So far I've had no problems at all. Biggest problem is, I only have 40GB free on the drive, so many programs are going to the 2TB drive now.

All my Adobe stuff is on the SSD, as well as a few games, and the load times are pretty darn fast.

I believe SSD is the way to go these days for a C: drive, because Windows 7 just rocks with fast access to the drive.

Oh, and I've worked with a couple of companies that are using SSD's in a RAID 5 configuration to run large SQL databases, and...well...it's pretty sick as far as speed goes
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