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Alienware Auroara 7500 vs Gateway FX530XG

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November 26, 2007 12:55:15 AM

Hi, im just stuck deciding which is better comp for me, the gateway FX or the alienware auroara 7500. I will be using it for gaming for games like Counterstrike source and others. these are the specs for them, the alienware doesnt include the monitor or speakers which I will buy for both from another website merchant(so add $260 and they will both equal) but the gateway, i just included the 19 inch monitor and logitech X 140 speakers from them . they equal to a total of my $1700 budget including a monitor , speakers and everything.(confusing lol but just look at the specs)

Alienware Auroara 7500 specs:

Alienware P2 Chassis: Alienware® P2 Chassis with AlienIce™ 3.0 Video Cooling - Space Black
System Lighting: Alienware® Standard System Lighting - Astral Blue
High-Performance Liquid Cooling: Alienware® Standard System Cooling
Power Supply: Alienware® 750 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
Graphics Processor: Single Graphics Processor - 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800 GT
Processor: AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5200+ Processor w/ HyperTransport and Dual Core Technology
Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 2 x 1024MB
Motherboard: Alienware® Approved NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Motherboard
Operating System (Office software not included): Windows Vista® Home Premium – DirectX 10 Ready!
Desktop Tuners and Remotes: Without Media Center Remote Control
System Drive: Single Drive Configuration - 250GB SATA 3Gb/s 7,200RPM 16MB Cache
Optical Drives : Single Drive Configuration - 20X Dual-Layer DVD±RW
Enthusiast Essentials: Dual High Performance Gigabit Ethernet Ports
Sound Card: High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio - Standard
Monitor: No Monitor
Keyboard: Alienware® USB Full-Size Keyboard
Mouse : Standard Optical 3-Button Mouse with Scroll Wheel
Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support w/ Onsite Service
AlienContact: Added Bonus with any AlienSupport Selection
AlienContact - Remote Alienware Support
Security Software: McAfee® VirusScan Plus – 30-Day Free Trial Factory Installed!
Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mesh Cap
Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mousepad
Alienware Extras: Alienware® Desktop Binder
Alienware Extras: Owner Identification Card
Alienware Extras: Internal Wire Management

TOTAL:$1,437 including tax and free shipping plus 260 for monitor and speakers=about $1700

Gateway FX530XG:

Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium (32-bit)
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (2.40GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB cache)
Memory: 2048MB 667MHz Dual-Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2-1024MB modules) .........[-$60.00]
Hard Drive: 250GB 7200rpm Serial ATA II/300 hard drive w/ 8MB cache
Optical Drive: 16X Super MFDVDRW/DVD-RAM+/-R Double Layer
Video: Gateway(EVGA)GeForce 8800 GTS 320mb
Sound: Not Included .........[-$79.00]
Media Card Reader: 9-in-1 Memory Card Reader
Additional Software: Adobe® Acrobat Reader® 7.0 and Google Toolbar
Application Software: Microsoft® Works 8.5
Backup Media: Cyberlink Power2Go (for Windows Vista® Home Premium and Ultimate)
Chassis: Gateway® 7-bay BTX tower case
Chipset: Intel® 975X Chipset with DDR2 Support and Intel® Core™ Duo support
Color: FX Logo Accent - Copper Core
Expansion Slots: (3) PCI Expansion Slots, (1) PCI-E x4 Expansion Slot, (1) PCI-E x16 Expansion Slot.
External Ports: (7) USB 2.0 (2 in front, 1 in media card reader and 4 in back), (3) IEEE 1394 Firewire (2 in front and 1 in back), (2) PS/2, (1) Microphone, front audio ports
Internet Service Provider: 90-day America Online® Internet access
Keyboard: Gateway® Elite Keyboard (Windows Vista® Certified)
Motherboard: Intel® 975X Chipset with DDR2 and Intel® Core™ Duo support
Mouse: Soft-touch USB Optical Wheel Mouse
Network: Integrated Intel® 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) Ethernet
Operating System Backup Media: Windows Vista® Home Premium Backup Media (32-bit)
Power Supply: 700-Watt Power Supply
Security Software: McAfee® 90-day Internet Security Suite Complimentary Subscription with VirusScan, Personal Firewall Plus, SpamKiller & Privacy Service v. 1.2 (for Windows Vista®)
Software Documentation: End User License Agreement for Non-Microsoft Software
Warranty: 1 Year Value Plan (Tech Support - Parts - Factory Labor)
Monitor: Gateway® 19" Widescreen Ultrabright High Definition LCD Display .........[$239.00]
Wireless Network: PCI Wireless LAN 802.11 b/ g Broadcom 4318e .........[$25.00]
Modem: 56K PCI Data/ Fax Modem

TOTAL with tax free shipping etc. with monitor and speakers, about $1700

So which do you think is better? Thanks for your help

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November 26, 2007 8:20:26 PM

The Gateway has a better CPU and video card. The Alienware is really overpriced given it's running an AMD X2 5200+ CPU. You could build the Alienware with the AMD X2 5000+ Black Edition that you can easily overclock for for around $1000 to $1200 depending on some of the components, e.g., case, PSU.
November 27, 2007 7:28:36 PM

the alienware has a 8800gt better than the 8800gts either way they both suck!
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November 27, 2007 7:43:54 PM

sharp910sh said:
the alienware has a 8800gt better than the 8800gts either way they both suck!

My mistake on the video card :)  Agree, could build a better machine for a lot less money but if the OP wants to buy, the Gateway would be better for the money
November 28, 2007 3:04:42 AM

Will the ALienware mobo last longer?As in if a new proccessor comes out in like a year or so will that mobo fit the socket type or will they change it?Im probably just gunna get the alienware for i already ordered that gateway on the 10/13 and they delayed TWICE, i was supposde dto get it on 11/6 but after the second delay its supposded to arrive 12/14, lol they could delay that too, For Gateway service sucks and the staff on the phone are dumb, plus ima buy a better monitor than the gateway monitor, but the Alienware isnt a super bad choice compared to the FX right?
November 28, 2007 9:51:13 AM

The Alienware mobo should handle to new AMD quad core CPUs so you could upgrade. The problem with that computer is that it is really expensive for an X2 5200+ processor. Suggest you go to and create a wish list of the parts in the Alienware just to see how much more your spending. If you don't want to put it together your self, you could likely get a local shop to build it for $75 to at most $100.