In less than a month, the pre-orders for the Steam hardware's "Get It Early" program sold out. Among the pre-order items available were a handful of Steam Machines from Alienware and Syber. However, it seems that Alienware has more Steam Machines available for purchase before the official release date of November 10.
Technically, the company has four models available: two with an Intel Core i3 processor, and one each for an Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processor. For the limited sale, Alienware is offering the Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 models at $649.99 and $749.99, respectively.
|Alienware Steam Machines||Steam Machine i5||Steam Machine i7|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4590T (Quad Core, Haswell)||Intel Core i7-4765T (Quad Core, Haswell)|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3||8 GB DDR3|
|Storage||1 TB 7200 RPM HDD||1 TB 7200 RPM HDD|
|GPU||Nvidia GeForce GTX GPU (2 GB GDDR5)||Nvidia GeForce GTX GPU (2 GB GDDR5)|
|Connectivity||2x2 802.11 Wireless Card||2x2 802.11 Wireless Card|
To sweeten the deal, both packages include three games: Screencheat, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball, and Payday 2 Game of the Year Edition. For now, Payday 2 doesn't support SteamOS, but that will change in early 2016. In addition, customers will receive DLC for two free-to-play games: Brawlhalla and War Thunder. For Brawlhalla, the DLC includes 200 Mammoth Coins and a branded skin, while War Thunder content includes the M18 Black Cat tank and the XP-38G Lightning Plane. To top it all off, there's also an exclusive demo for the upcoming game Coffin Dodgers. All in all, Alienware estimated the extra add-ons at a $200 value.
As for the two Intel Core i3 models, those won't be available for purchase again until November 10. In terms of graphics, all of Alienware's Steam Machines use a custom-built Nvidia GeForce GPU. Syber also has three models available in November, but compared to Alienware's low-tier package, which starts at $449.99, Syber's prices start $50 more at $499.99.
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IMO its typical overpriced Alienware/Dell product.
With that weak GPU and no Windows license those things should be at least $100 cheaper.
$50 is actually more than Windows costs Dell so I don't know why you're upset. They even offer the same system with Windows, so all you're really complaining about is them giving people a choice of OS.