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Which computer would you buy out of these two?

PraxxtorCruel Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
First computer: Alienware Aurora Desktop priced at £999.

The Alienware Aurora desktops, built around the Intel® Core i7 desktop processors are the most powerful and upgradeable desktops ever produced by Dell's Alienware.
Specs are;

Components
COLOUR CHOICE Alienware Aurora Standard Cosmic Black Chassis
PROCESSOR Intel? Core? i7 Processor 920 (2.66GHz, 8MB cache, 4.8GT/sec)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit- English
SERVICES AND SUPPORT 1 year of coverage included with your PC
PROTECT YOUR NEW PC No Security/Anti-Virus Protection
MONITOR Display Not Included
MEMORY 3GB 1333MHz (3x1GB) Tri Channel Memory
HARD DRIVE 500GB (7200RPM) SATA Hard Drive
GRAPHICS CARD 1GB nVidia® GeForce GTS 240 graphics card
KEYBOARD Alienware Multimedia Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
MOUSE Alienware Optical Mouse
OPTICAL DRIVE 16X DVD+/- RW Optical Drive (DVD & CD read and write)

These below are the capable upgrades it can have and what comes as standard i.e motherboard etc.

Motherboard and Chassis Form Factor
mATX Motherboard, Mid-Tower Chassis

Operating System Options

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 64-Bit
Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

System Dimensions

426mm (16.77") - Height
645mm (25.39") - Depth
250mm (9.84") - Width
Average Weight - 20.41 Kg. (45 lbs)

Audio Options

Internal High-Definition 7.1 Audio (Standard)
Soundblaster X-FI Extreme
Soundblaster X-FI Titanium

Power Supply

AlienwareTM 875 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply

Network Adapters

Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet NIC (Standard)
Killer Xeno Pro NIC

Motherboard

AlienwareTM Approved Intel® X58 mATX Motherboard
Socket 1366, Core i7 Ready, Dual Triple-Channel DDR3 Memory Support

Wireless Connectivity

Internal 802.11 a/b/g/Draft-n Wireless LAN (Optional)

Chipset

Intel® X58 Express Chipset w/ Unlocked BIOS for Overclocking

HDTV Tuners Options

Internal PCI-e Digital/Analog TV Tuner (Optional)

Processor Options

Intel® CoreTM i7 920 2.66GHz (8MB Cache) Quad Core Processor
Intel® CoreTM i7 950 3.03GHz (8MB Cache) Quad Core Processor
Intel® CoreTM i7 975 3.33GHz (8MB Cache) Quad Core Processor
Overclocked Intel® CoreTM i7 975 3.60GHz (8MB Cache) Quad Core Processor

Front I/O Ports

(2x) High-Speed USB 2.0
(1x) Firewire IEEE 1394
(1x) Microphone In
(1x) Headphone/Speaker Out

Processor Cooling
AlienwareTM High-Performance Liquid Cooling

Memory Slots
6x 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM Slots

Video Card Options

Single 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 2402
Single 1.8GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260 192 Core2
Dual 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 2402 - SLI® Enabled
Dual 1.8GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260 192 Core2 - SLI® Enabled
Single 1.8GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 2952

Optical Drive Options

Single Optical Disc Drive Options
16X Dual-Layer Burner (DVD±RW)
24X Dual-Layer Burner (DVD±RW)
Dual Layer Blu-ray DiscTM Reader (BD-ROM, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
6X Dual Layer Blu-ray DiscTM Burner (BD-RE, DVD±RW, CD-RW)

Dual Optical Disc Drive Options
Drive 1: 16X Dual-Layer Burner (DVD±RW)
Drive 2: Dual Layer Blu-ray DiscTM Reader (BD-ROM, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
Drive 1: 16X Dual-Layer Burner (DVD±RW)
Drive 2: 6X Dual Layer Blu-ray DiscTM Burner (BD-RE, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
Drive 1: 24X Dual-Layer Burner (DVD±RW)
Drive 2: Dual Layer Blu-ray DiscTM Reader (BD-ROM, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
Drive 1: 24X Dual-Layer Burner (DVD±RW)
Drive 2: 6X Dual Layer Blu-ray DiscTM Burner (BD-RE, DVD±RW, CD-RW)

PCI Slots

(2x) PCI-Express 2.0, PCI-e x16
(2x) PCI-e x1

Software Personalisation Options

Personal Avatar
Gadgets
RSS Feeds
Wallpapers
Time Zones

Supported Memory Options

3GB and 6GB Triple-Channel 1067MHz DDR32
9GB, 12GB, and 24GB Dual Triple-Channel 1067MHz DDR32
3GB and 6GB Triple-Channel 1333MHz DDR32
9GB, 12GB, and 24GB Dual Triple-Channel 1333MHz DDR32

Rear I/O Ports

(1x ) eSATA
(1x) RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet
(6x) High-Speed USB 2.0
(1x) Firewire IEEE 1394
(1x) Microphone In
(1x) Line-In
(1x) Front Left/Right Speakers
(1x) Center Speaker
(1x) Rear Left/Right Speakers
(1x) Side Left/Right Speakers
(1x) SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK)
(1x) SPDIF Digital Output (Coax)

Supported Storage Options- Hard Drives

Up to 4 SATA2 3.0Gb/s Storage Drives
7,200RPM Hard Drives - 500GB,3 640GB,3 750GB,3 1TB,3 2TB3
10,000RPM Hard Drives - 300GB3
Solid State Drive Technology - 256GB3
Supporting RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 1+0 Storage Configurations

Second Desktop PC priced at £979 is the Dell XPS Studio 8100.

Specs are;

BaseStudioXPS 8100 - Intel Core i7 Processor 860 (2.80GHz, 8MB)
Microsoft Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit- English
Video Card1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770 Graphics Card
Specifications - Video Card
Memory8192MB (4x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Memory
Hard Drive2TB Dual Hard Drive Raid 0 "Stripe" (2x1TB - 7200rpm)
Optical Devices
Blu-Ray ROM combo (Blu-ray read only, DVD, CD read & write) & 16X DVD+/-RW (Win 7 Only)

Now before you choose take into account the upgrading possibilities. Which pc would be ideal in the long run and money wise?

I do have one question, can't the alienware aurora use faster ram than 1333mhz? On the site it said you can upgrade max to 24gb 1333mhz or could it be they only offer 1333mhz but if you buy it from another shop it can use faster ram?
PraxxtorCruel Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
Dell Alienware Aurora at £999
http://www.dmxdimension.com/images/dell-desktops/alienware-aurora-alx.jpg

Dell XPS STUDIO 8100 at £979
http://i.dell.com/resize.aspx/studio-xps-8100-right-500/149
#2
alienware every time
banned#3
you can build one yourself, for probably just over half the cost.
Alienware is so hyped up.

Dell enough said really.
#4
wickedteen
alienware every time


I mean just looking at the case makes my mind up, but I don't wanna buy it if it hasn't got great upgrading possibilities. My wallet is gonna cry.
#5
Hamm
you can build one yourself, for probably just over half the cost.
Alienware is so hyped up.

Dell enough said really.


You are joking. Honestly half the price you gotta be kidding me, I don't believe it. No way :|
banned#6
Dont believe it then,
you are paying for the name nothing else.
banned#7
tl;dr
#8
Hamm
Dont believe it then,
you are paying for the name nothing else.


Yep won't believe it. Maybe £200-250 max £300 cheaper but half price it just seems a little too hard to believe.
#9
PraxxtorCruel;8202543
Yep won't believe it. Maybe £200-250 max £300 cheaper but half price it just seems a little too hard to believe.


£300 cheaper is still great!

alienware is overpriced like hamm said just a name
banned#10
Alienware comes from the same place anyway. You're just paying extra for them to make your computer look stupid.
#11
i wouldnt buy either to be honest
#12
you should build it yourself, and any leftover can b put forward to insanely awesome cases (that are far better than the alien ones)

But just bear in mind of the depreciation of these stuff. At 1k, after a year, i expect them to drop to £800
#13
Artonox;8202610
you should build it yourself, and any leftover can b put forward to insanely awesome cases (that are far better than the alien ones)

But just bear in mind of the depreciation of these stuff. At 1k, after a year, i expect them to drop to £800


after 1 year i expect it to drop to half price lol
banned#14
vibeone
Alienware comes from the same place anyway. You're just paying extra for them to make your computer look stupid.


^ this
#15
I just don't have the brains to build my own and I'm worried I'll screw it up and that's money down the drain hahahaha. :w00t:
#16
wickedteen;8202477
alienware every time


why, the dell one is better specced

u just like the alienware one cause its prettier lol:thumbsup:
#17
PraxxtorCruel;8202644
I just don't have the brains to build my own and I'm worried I'll screw it up and that's money down the drain hahahaha. :w00t:


it will be money down the drain if u buy either one:)
#18
muffin247
it will be money down the drain if u buy either one:)


I guess I could try building my own, I'm just worried I'll screw it up and then what do I do lol.
#19
PraxxtorCruel;8202677
I guess I could try building my own, I'm just worried I'll screw it up and then what do I do lol.


its fairly straightforward

parts only go in certain places

for 1k you can build an absolute beast of a machine
#20
muffin247
its fairly straightforward

parts only go in certain places

for 1k you can build an absolute beast of a machine


Oh alright but one thing though if I was to build it myself for 1k would the parts be easy to upgrade in the future or would I have to change everything else just for example to upgrade the graphics card?
#21
muffin247
its fairly straightforward

parts only go in certain places

for 1k you can build an absolute beast of a machine


Do you think you could recommend me a a site that sells parts for good prices so I can see what sort of prices I can come up with.
#22
PraxxtorCruel;8202751
Do you think you could recommend me a a site that sells parts for good prices so I can see what sort of prices I can come up with.


the usual ebuyer and scan
#23
muffin247
the usual ebuyer and scan


Friend recommend dabs is that any good?
#24
muffin247
after 1 year i expect it to drop to half price lol


lol@ halfprice :-D

anyways dabs is ok - its basically a branch off bt

If you gonna build it yourself i suggest u go on youtube and see how its done first. (and u may need some antistatic stuff if you really are the not-so-careful one.)
#25
PraxxtorCruel;8202775
Friend recommend dabs is that any good?


not as popular as those two but prices wise all sites should be competitve and will oly be different by a few pennies or £££

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