Re: Questions about alienware desktops
Alienware or any other box computer maker doesn't manufacture parts, they only build them, advertise them, and provide limited customer support. I think back in the day they may have shaped parts differently than standard form factors (RAM with notches in non-standard places so you can't mix and match), but anything that looks even a bit modern will be perfectly okay and you'll be able to order parts for it with no problem at all from Newegg.
Beware though... you'll likely end up sinking more money into that Alienware that it's worth. Alienwares aren't anything special, mostly just marketing propaganda.
[CPU: e6600 @ 3300 MHz] // [MB: ASUS P5N-E SLi] // [RAM: Patriot 'eased latency' PC2-6400 @ DDR800 5-4-4-12-2T] // [GPU: 8800GTX @ 650/1000/1600 (volt modded)] // [HDD: 2x Cavier 500GiB stripe] // [Chassis: Thermaltake Armor VA8000 (black)] // [PSU: Aspire(Apevia) 680w] // [OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64][Cooling: water cooled GPU and CPU]
^ (9/7/2010): Ha, I remember when that was the stuff. My water cooling has since leaked and fried my mobo. So now I'm rocking an MSI laptop with an i5 430m :)