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Is this worth it? Dell Special Alienware Aurora!

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December 3, 2009 11:21:56 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 4, 2009 4:12:57 AM

peebz said:
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!


I say definitely not. It's probably priced at least $500 more than if you build it yourself for just those parts. Look at the homebuilt systems section to see what other people are getting for that price.
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December 4, 2009 6:46:07 AM

I don't know, if you combine it with 5% Bing cashback or Discover double cashback which may be 10% IIRC it will at least cover some of your tax. If you are set on buying vs building, I think it's decent, but i personally would get at least a 2 or 3 year hardware warranty. I would be suspect of the quality of the ram, mobo, ps, etc
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December 4, 2009 1:28:24 PM

I don't think it's worth it either. You can build a lot with $1600, or at least pick up the extras they don't include with the same specs.

@kemilyon: The cashbacks would probably be the same as anywhere, especially the Discover. You also probably wouldn't pay taxes at other stores (such as Newegg), which offsets a lot of the cashback...
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December 4, 2009 2:38:55 PM

+1

I don't think it's worth it. Your current system is pretty good, and i'm not sure the upgrade would really give you much more performance.
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December 6, 2009 2:06:39 AM

just change your graphics card to an ati 5870 and stick a q9550 in there! a lot of upcoming games r gonna be usn quad cores soon!

also your current e8400 is good to overclock to 4ghz with the right motherboard and adequate cooling!
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