ALWAYS build your own desktop.
Laptop gaming is Asus, MSI, or go home.
The one thing that always intrigued me about Alienware was their machines that were liquid cooled. Do other companies do this? Is this feature actually functional or was it just a gimmick?
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Do what I did build your own mine cost 700 and I feel good knowing I built it.
The Chip Kelly Era
Like many have said, build your own or check out Tiger Direct and see if they are running any specials. I got my PC off of tiger direct last summer and love it!
props to VCU for the sig!
Build your own.
To Build your own Desktop requires some knowledge and a decent time investment (if you do it the first time). The advantages are, you learn something about computer hardware, maybe have some fun with it. You will save some money and get exactly what you need. If something doesn't work, troubleshooting can be a pain, if you lack the experience and don't have spare parts.
If you decide to Build your own Rig, which is a nice thing to do if you're into it, don't try to save on the Power Supply or the Motherboard. Both have a wide range of choices available and it's tempting to try to save some cash on them. But a bad Power Supply or one that is to weak, can ruin the whole setup. A cheap motherboard can be unstable and be possibly performance limiting. A good case can make the assembly more convenient but will also cost a lot more.
As for Alienware they're not much more then a branded Dell, so if you can find a similar desktop from a reputable manufacturer for less, take it.
The Ruben Amaro Effect... Buy it in bulk to lessen the pain
You'd be surprised at how easy it is to build your own computer.
I built my rig from Newegg. Cost me about $800. Thats much cheaper than Alienware with the same, if not better performance.