I am looking at piecing together a new system using a Core i7 CPU. For years I have used a lot of Dell computers at work and at home. I like for the ease of installation using the Dell Install CDs/DVDs. Following thru with this I have found that the Dell Alien Area 51 ALX System utilizes all the top-end Core i7 chips...and sells for $3,000 to $4,000. However, I can piece the system together for much "MUCH" less. The motherboard is Dell part# J560M it supports all the top-end Core i7 CPUs. So here's my question; I was wondering if someone can help confirm a few configuration/compatibility questions for me.
> board will "mount" in industry standard ATX "full-tower?"
> board will use industry standard ATX/SATA 650/750 watt PSU? don't need 1100 watts.
> system comes with Win7 64bit installed - but will previous/lesser OS install: VISTA/Win7 32bit?
> board will in-fact run “All” the top-end Core i7 cpu’s – i7 970 thru i7 990?
I'm confused. Are you going to buy the system from Alienware? or are you trying to buy all the pieces separately and put together a system that is comparable to the Alienware one for significantly less money?