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    Alienware, top of the line marketing, bottom of the barrel computers. Some of you may remember that statement from a long time ago, and I'm back to prove it to be more true than ever. You see, when I first posted a thread about my thoughts on Alienware, I actually ended up convincing myself they were good computers, that was a long time ago, and I know a lot more about PC gaming now, so let's get into it, shall we?
    I'm going to be taking a look at the three main desktops on their website, the Alienware Alpha, the Alienware Aurora, and the Alienware Area-51.
    Firstly we have the Alpha, the Alpha is a small form factor PC, designed to compete with consoles, which it does, but their best version costs a whopping $1,129.99. That's a HUGE amount of money, for a PC of this price I would expect a GTX 1080, an i7 7700K, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Here's what it has... We have an i7 6700t, what I assume is a laptop processor, Intel's website recommends selling this for about $310, so it's around the price of the 7700k, but I'm 99.9% sure Alienware is partnered with Intel, so they're probably buying it wholesale or something. As for the graphics, we don't get a 1080, not a 1070, not even a 1060. We get the GTX 960... This costs a tiny $170, and for all we know Alienware's getting that wholesale as well. Hey, at least we get 16GB of RAM though... The only part of this build that begins to make it worth the price is the 256GB M.2 drive, this retails for around $200, which they should've been spending on a GPU rather than faster loading times. Oh, and it's the only storage, so unless you want to pay Alienware even more of your hard earned cash you're gonna be stuck with a puny 256GB of storage, when 1TB is the standard, and in a build priced like this I would expect more than that honestly. So, this thing is an abomination, let's move on, shall we?

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    My Revised Thoughts On Alienware

    Next up is the Alienware Aurora, the high-end version of this retails for $1,899.99, nearly $2000!! With a build this price, I'm expecting a 1080ti, and an i7 7820x, leaving us $300-400 for whatever else we want. With that I would get 16GB of RAM, the m.2 SSD mentioned earlier, and a 2-3TB HDD, and I'd probably end up with a similar price. Of course, the Aurora doesn't even begin to have that amount of power though. First up, the Aurora has an i7-7700K, half the price of the CPU I mentioned earlier. And instead of the 1080ti, we get the regular old 1080, which is around $200 less than the 1080ti. For RAM, we have 16GB of DDR4, and for storage, we have the same 256GB m.2 pcle SSD that the Alpha had, and that's it for storage. Another overpriced piece of junk, fantastic.

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    Now, Alienware's most expensive PC is the Area-51. The best version costs $3,799.99. For a PC this price, I'd expect 2 1080ti's in SLI. 64GB of RAM, a 1TB M.2 SSD, a 2-3 TB hard drive, and an intel i9 7900x. And you guessed it, the Area-51 doesn't have it. It has the i9 7900x, a single GTX 1080, wait, ONE?! And it's not even a 1080ti?!?!? Good Lord Alienware! Continuing, we have 32GB of RAM, and a 512GB M.2 pcle SSD. Half the storage of what I mentioned. And that's all the storage it has.

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    In conclusion, avoid this greedy company at all costs, I wouldn't be surprised if on PCs like the Area-51, the made $500 to $1000 profit, and since they can probably buy parts wholesale, it may even be more. Revisiting these Alienware PCs makes me more furious than I was before that these people with no morals would dare to sell these PCs for the prices they do, and with their genius marketing they fool people into buying it, it absolutely disgusts me any person would have the audacity to run a company like this, yet they do... Screw Alienware and everything they stand for, screw this entire company. One of these days, I'd love to see Alienware go up in flames.

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    Some thoughts
    - SLI is dumb and pointless
    - For gaming there is no reason to go for anything above a 7700k
    - If you have the nous and inclination to build your own there is no point in buying a high end prebuilt but there is definitely a market for people with more money than time or inclination. If that doesn’t apply to you then Alienware is not your company

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    I gave you my comments last time, but let me show you again how your math is erroneous:
    Let’s look at the Alienware Aurora. You say that for $1900, you expect an i7 7820X and GTX 1080Ti. Cool. Those parts are $600 and $700 respectively (lowest price from PCPartPicker). That leaves you $600 for the rest. Add $200 for the cheapest X299 motherboard, $100 for CPU cooling, $150 for 16GB DDR4 RAM, $120 for a Samsung 256GB M.2 SSD, and $120 for a 2TB disk. That’s $690. Your config is already at $1990, and you haven’t even yet bought a case or PSU. Your expectations of what is possible with $1900 are exaggerated.

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