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Dell Introduces its Meatiest Alienware Desktop Yet

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The latest Alienware gaming desktop starts at $2,199 USD featuring Intel's Core i7-3000 series CPUs.

On Tuesday Dell officially announced the availability of its latest Alienware gaming desktop, the mighty Aurora. This performance beast comes packed with Intel's 2nd-generation Core i7-3000 series six-core CPUs (which are factory overclocked and liquid-cooled), Intel's X79 Express chipset and the latest SATA technology. It also arrives with a hefty price, starting at $2,199 for the base configuration.

"Gamers can literally 'see' all that power firsthand," the company said. "Dual graphics cards and beyond 1080p gaming with immersive multi-display and 3D HD capabilities allow gamers to experience any game at its best – as intended by the game developers. And the gaming desktops are intelligently designed for unparalleled customization. In addition to raw power, an innovative chassis design and intuitive internal component layout allows for user-friendly upgrades and optimized thermal management."

As always, Alienware desktops provide a list of options so that Dell customers can tailer-fit their rig according to their wallet. Outside the Core i7-3000 series processors, there are a handful of single and dual graphics options like a single Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 with 3 GB of GDDR5 memory and an AMD CrossFireX configuration using two Radeon HD 6950 (2 GB GDDR5) cards.

Other customizable options include 8 GB or 16 GB "Quad Channel" 1600 MHz DDR3 memory, 7,200 RPM hard drive options up to 2 TB, a choice of 256 GB and 512 GB solid state drives, single and dual optical drive options including a Blu-ray disc reader and burner, various audio packages including Creative's Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium and more.

On Tuesday Dell said that the new Alienware Aurora was designed from the inside out with performance, function and style in mind. "The desktop’s maintenance-free, high performance CPU Liquid Cooling replaces the standard heat sink and fan that comes with most PCs, and its Active Venting system provides additional heat dissipation during heavy gaming. This unique design increases component longevity and allows Aurora to stay nearly twice as quiet as competitors with traditional heat sink and fan layouts. Additionally, all core components inside the Aurora are purposefully compartmentalized in chambers that provide clean, clear and easy tool-less access for upgrades, maintenance or showing off."

To get your new Alienware Aurora gaming desktop, head here. The company currently offers three "starting points" to choose from: the $2199 Light Up The Sky model (Intel i7), the $2649 Graphics Powerhouse (dual Radeon 6870, 16 GB of RAM), and the $3099 Elite Gaming Bundle which includes a 22-inch UltraSharp monitor and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 590 GPU.

Take note, Santa: we expect to see this rig under the tree come Christmas morning. Or else.

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    jimmy-bee , December 14, 2011 2:01 PM
    Sorry Dell, I'll build my own rigs, thank you very much.
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    dark_lord69 , December 14, 2011 1:36 PM
    Nice, but more than I would want to spend and I think I could build something I like more and spend less.
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    tolham , December 14, 2011 3:09 PM
    __-_-_-__5100-3165= $1935

    $2k overprice

    I can't believe people really buy this shit.


    and dell gets their parts at lower prices than what newegg is selling them for.
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    blubbey , December 14, 2011 1:23 PM
    Intel® Core™ i7-3930K (Six Core, 12MB Cache) Overclocked up to 3.9Ghz [Included in Price]
    Intel® Core™ i7-3930K (Six Core, 12MB Cache) Overclocked up to 4.1Ghz [Add $150.00 or $5.00/month1]

    Oh man. $150 for 200Mhz? Good one. Go to the Elite one, customise -> CPU if you want to see.
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    Intel_Hydralisk , December 14, 2011 1:29 PM
    "as intended by the game developers."

    ... You mean on a console?
  • 23 Hide
    dark_lord69 , December 14, 2011 1:36 PM
    Nice, but more than I would want to spend and I think I could build something I like more and spend less.
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    scrumworks , December 14, 2011 1:55 PM
    Perhaps you meant, ugliest.
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    gmcizzle , December 14, 2011 1:58 PM
    You can't even choose your motherboard with these, fail.
  • 31 Hide
    jimmy-bee , December 14, 2011 2:01 PM
    Sorry Dell, I'll build my own rigs, thank you very much.
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    madooo12 , December 14, 2011 2:03 PM
    blubbeyIntel® Core™ i7-3930K (Six Core, 12MB Cache) Overclocked up to 3.9Ghz [Included in Price] Intel® Core™ i7-3930K (Six Core, 12MB Cache) Overclocked up to 4.1Ghz [Add $150.00 or $5.00/month1]Oh man. $150 for 200Mhz? Good one. Go to the Elite one, customise -> CPU if you want to see.

    and it's only overclocking not a processor upgrade
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    madooo12 , December 14, 2011 2:07 PM
    gmcizzleYou can't even choose your motherboard with these, fail.


    dell uses custom motherboards manufactured by ASUS not the regular motherboards you buy, you cannot find any of those motherboards because they are designed by (or for) Dell and dell doesn't sell motherboards alone
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    madooo12 , December 14, 2011 2:35 PM
    __-_-_-__yet just another overpriced pc from AW.let's do some math.PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7-3960X (Six Core Extreme, 15MB Cache) Overclocked up to 4.2Ghz editOPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate, 64Bit, English editVIDEO CARD Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6950 - AMD CrossFireX™ Enabled editHARD DRIVE 512GB RAID 0 (2x 256GB SATA 6Gb/s) Solid State Drive editMEDIA READER 19-in-1 Media Card Reader editMONITOR 24.0” Dell U2410 UltraSharp™ Full HD MonitorCHASSIS COLOR Alienware Aurora with ALX Chassis MEMORY 16GB Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz$5,109.00newegg:corsair H100 $120windows 7 ultimate $190Dell ultrasharp u2410 $550patriot extreme 16gb 4x4gb 1600 $89samsung 830 2x 256gb $860COOLER MASTER HAF full tower $200intel core i7-3960X $10452x 6950 2gb $510asus rampage III formula $256$3,162.905100-3165= $1935$2k overpriceI can't believe people really buy this shit.

    you need an ASUS rampage IV formula to run the 3960X/3930K
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    nicodemus_mm , December 14, 2011 2:57 PM
    Hopefully this time the cable management will keep the cables out of the GPU fans. I'm getting tired of fixing that.
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    tolham , December 14, 2011 3:09 PM
    __-_-_-__5100-3165= $1935

    $2k overprice

    I can't believe people really buy this shit.


    and dell gets their parts at lower prices than what newegg is selling them for.
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    rohitbaran , December 14, 2011 3:09 PM
    TheCapuletOf course, they don't mention the 120%+ markup on the base model, and the 5-600% markup on the fully loaded config. Why even market this here, Dell? Alienware stopped being relevant when newegg was born.

    Not to those who don't know how to assemble. I assemble my desktop, but those who can't have to pay through their nose for it. Really sad!
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    wardler , December 14, 2011 3:16 PM
    warezmetwo 6950's meaty??? I think not.

    I hope you're joking.
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    jlanger , December 14, 2011 3:18 PM
    I build my own rigs but can see the benifits of having a rig that's warrantied, tested to work right, etc. I love researching, building and getting it to run correctly but a lot of people don't have that amount of time or patience. Sure you can build something a lot faster for cheaper, but can you guaruntee that you won't have to maintain it regularly with all the little nudges and patches that go into a patchwork built system? With the alienware, dell will automatically update everything needed for you, and as they've (supposedly) done all the work and have components that are supposed to work well together.
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    bvsbutthd101 , December 14, 2011 3:37 PM
    jlangerI build my own rigs but can see the benifits of having a rig that's warrantied, tested to work right, etc. I love researching, building and getting it to run correctly but a lot of people don't have that amount of time or patience. Sure you can build something a lot faster for cheaper, but can you guaruntee that you won't have to maintain it regularly with all the little nudges and patches that go into a patchwork built system? With the alienware, dell will automatically update everything needed for you, and as they've (supposedly) done all the work and have components that are supposed to work well together.


    No excuse to pay that much, they're websites out there like www.cyberpowerpc.com and www.ibuypower.com that will build this rig for $2k less. These 2 websites are the best out there IMO that won't charge an arm and leg to build you a boss ass rig.
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    theuniquegamer , December 14, 2011 3:47 PM
    alienware always takes a good premium to built a rig . I can built the almost same config from newegg a lot cheaper(without any blackfriday or cybersunday or any other combo offers)
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    theuniquegamer , December 14, 2011 3:49 PM
    And also you will get all the manufacture warrenty no need to pay to dell for free warrenties
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