Anyone have any insight into this? If I could afford it I would order an alienware PC and find out for myself. Their rigs cost literally more than 2x as much as a pre-assembled bought from another gaming PC website.
My current theory is that all of the cables are made of gold. If you don't know, gold is much more conductive than copper, aluminum, or silver so in theory the data transfer rate between all components should be faster.
As long as they're profitable and keep on selling enough systems, there's nothing wrong. In addition to the parts, they also provide warranty and support. Can you provide links to identical pre-assembled systems where Alienware are twice as expensive?
I'd have to agree...they seem to sell it at that price because they can. I think if you were to take one apart, you would find the components to only make up a fraction of that cost, and as stated, support and warranty do take up some of the additional cost.
This is why most of us don't buy pre-assembled systems, particularly high-end gaming systems. We like to build, and hate to double/triple our costs for the same performance.
there will always be people who just want to fork out alot of money for a good system and not have to worry with learning how to configure and maintain by themselves, hence there will always be a market for alienware, personally I like to build my own