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Is this worth it? Dell Special Alienware Aurora!

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December 3, 2009 11:31:23 PM

Today was slow at work, so I spent it looking for a new PC as mine is rather aged. My current build worked amazing in games such as Warhammer and World of Warcraft. Now I'm playing AION and it seems a bit more demanding. I feel its time to upgrade anyway.

I have experience building computers, but I feel safe in the decision in buying one this time around, especially since I think its a great deal! Now, to get your opinion on it!

Dell has a 24hour sell, 11 hours remaining as of now, which include an alienware aurora. (Oh i know, not worth paying for the name, but its on sale!) Here are the specs so far.


$1588.94 FREE SHIPPING $1499.00+tax(89.94)

CHASSIS COLOR Cosmic Black, Alienware Aurora Chassis
PROCESSOR Overclocked Intel® Core™ i7 920 (3.2GHz, 8MB Cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
VIDEO CARD Single 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon™ HD 5870
MEMORY 9GB Triple Channel 1067Mhz DDR3
HARD DRIVE 500GB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 16MB Cache HDD
OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
MONITOR No Monitor
KEYBOARD No Keyboard
WARRANTY AND SERVICE 1 Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis

My current build:
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz, 2997 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Ultimate
GeForce 9800 GTX 512MBs
4GB Ram

I want an updated build. Do you guys think its a big enough jump between what I have and what I want? Is the dell special a good deal? And for any AION players, will this rid fortress siege lag? (Main purpose of the build)! Also, I have a limited time for the offer, so reply quick :)  Thank you!
December 3, 2009 11:41:47 PM

If you have experience building, why not spend that money wisely?
You would probably get the same parts, but at least you could buy good quality parts.
With Dell you'll probably get some generic parts, or at least not the same quality of what you could buy.

December 4, 2009 3:50:05 AM

It's not worth the $1.500 compared to what you already have which isn't exactly outdated by any means.

You could upgrade the GPU and give you a huge performance jump for Aion.

If you still want more than just a GPU upgrade, we could build you the same rig for much less or for the same amount include more stuff like Blu-ray and a monitor.
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December 4, 2009 12:29:02 PM

I was actually preferring AMD over Intel this time around. I had this setup in mind, and it would be really cool if you guys could help me narrow it down to what will work. I spend ALOT of hours in front of my computer, gaming is the main objective. I do not need a monitor, keyboard, or mouse. And I can use any existing parts from my current build, if needed, and possible.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM (Unless you guys think I NEED 10,000 RPM)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the case, I dont need anything fancy, just big enough to hold everything with good air flow. Hope I didnt miss anything!
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