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May 29, 2006 3:07:59 AM

Well i'm looking to replace my desktop and i'm a pretty avid gamer. So far i've been looking at this

http://www.alienware.com/product_detail_pages/Aurora_mA...

alienware i've heard good things about them but also that they are overpriced.

I've browsed through what killernotebook offers and the Assassin seems like a very good competitor to the mALX.


My question is:

How does the Audigy 2 compare with AC'97 ?

How long does the Assassin run on battery power ? (not looking for endurence records iknow with all the things in it its gotta be short)

The TV tuner is it antenna or does it require a cable ?
does it offer antenna and cable connectoins ?

How do the speakers sound ? (not looking for orchestra level but something pretty decent) It can be hooked up to external Surround sound systems ?

The memmory running at 333mhz compared to the mALX 400mhz...is that even noticible ?


thanks,

fizz

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May 29, 2006 6:03:55 AM

Well, first I think this will simplify your decision, "These are the exact same notebook."

Alienware puts a different top of theirs that's it.

If you look closely at Alienware's site you will see the Soundblaster Audigy 2 is a PCMCIA card, it is not built in. I can give you the same thing, add $95.

The tv tuner is an additional option you can get on the system, and yes, you can hook it up to external speakers which would be best with the Soundblaster card because you wouldn't have to constantly hook and unhook them from the notebook (just pull out the card).

The battery is going to last the exact same.

The memory running at 333 compared to 400, you will notice a speed difference favoring the RAM I use because the timings on my modules are equivalent to the fastest desktop overclocking RAM... 2-2-2-5. I actually offer a downgrade to DDR400 CAS 2.5, but the timings are 2.5-4-4-8 (same as Alienware's).

You're somewhere close to $3,999 shipped for the tv tuner and the Audigy card with me... that's a rough estimate off the top of my bean.
That configuration is:
ML-44 2.4 Ghz
2 Gigs 2-2-2-5 timing Ultra Low Latency DR333
100 Gig 7,200 rpm Hard Drive
802.11 b/g/G+ 108 Mbps internal wireless
Soundblaster Audigy ZS2 PCMCIA
tv tuner

The same system through Alienware is: $4893 + $127 shipping (I am not kidding, that is right off their site) OVER 5 grand!

Now Alienware offers these extra carnival trinkets that I don't...

Alienware® Ozma 7™ Headphones with S-Logic™ Technology - Included!
Alienware® Aurora mALX Exclusive Hand-Airbrushed Finish by Smooth Creations - Included!
Alienware® Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager – Included!
Alienware® ALX Aurora mALX Backpack - Included!
Alienware® ALX Custom Name Plate - Included!
Alienware® ALX Felt Cloth Protector - Included! Wow!
Alienware® ALX Keychain - Included!
Alienware® ALX Luggage Tag - Included!
Alienware® ALX Mousepad - Included!
Alienware® ALX Pen - Included!
Alienware® ALX Portfolio - Included!
Alienware® ALX Polo Shirt

I think I can live without a keychain, pen and a piece of felt since they are $1,000 more. Instead of the Alienware luggage tag, get the K/N and actually go to the islands with the money you save!
For $250 more you can upgrade to the Killer Notebooks "select few" package which includes:
*Your own Killer Notebooks email*Cold Steel Tai Pan Dagger Etched with the Killer Notebooks seal and your name incase of attempted Alien Abduction...
And the LORD said in a tongue unknown to man so that the aliens understood, "Therefore whosoever slayeth the bearer of this seal, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold and seventy." So you've got that going for you.
May 30, 2006 9:26:34 PM

yeah..the extra stuff i dont really want but i'm sure they include in the price.

does the assassian come preloaded with OS? i would prefer it doesn't as i already have a free XP provided by my college.

i'll be making my decision probably end of month.


thx
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May 30, 2006 11:21:10 PM

KillerNotebook builds a LOT of custom laptops, so if you make the request, I'm sure he can build one for you w/out OS pre loaded.
Believe me, I'm looking into KN as well 8)
May 31, 2006 2:02:16 AM

Looking to add more product line right now.
May 31, 2006 7:11:59 PM

The more product the better.
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