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Old 04-03-2005, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My first ALIENWARE. Overkill? Maybe. Advice?

I'm not a gamer.

I run a business out of my home and need
a computer that is quite powerful in order
to run high-memory programs, lots of multi-tasking
and able to handle a boatload of start-up apps.

Had many Dells over the years. They are okay,
but lack power. I want to stay away from names
like HP, GATEWAY, IBM, etc...

Decided to try Alienware. Yeah, they cost an arm
and a leg, but I want the ULTIMATE computer that
may be more than I need, but yet I am assured of

I was going to go with an ALIENWARE AURORA
that featured the new AMD FX-55 chip. I was told
that I'd be better off with INTEL PENTIUM as it
handles mult-tasking better. I could use your help
in that argument.

Anyway, here is my setup I am looking at:

[1] Area-51® 5550

Warranty: 3-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Onsite Service Bundle with AlienAutopsy and Respawn
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 2
Chassis: Alienware® Full-Tower Case (480-Watt PS) - Saucer Silver
Cable Management: Alienware® Cable Management System
Power Supply: Alienware® 480 Watt Power Supply
Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 660 w/ HT Technology 3.6GHz 2MB Cache
Motherboard: Alienware® PCI Express Motherboard with Intel® 925XE Chipset 1066/800MHz FSB
Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz - 2 x 1024MB
Graphics Processor: ATI RADEON™ X850 XT PCI Express 256MB DDR3 w/ Dual Digital and TV Out
Chassis Upgrades: AlienIce™ 2.0 Video Cooling System - Astral Blue
System Drive: High Performance - Serial ATA - 250GB Serial ATA 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache
Optical Drive One: Lite-On® 16x DVD / 52x32x52x CD-RW Drive
Optical Drive Two: NEC® ND-3520 16x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Drive
Floppy Drive: 3.5" 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive - Black
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS High Definition 7.1 Surround Firewire (IEEE® 1394)
Network Connection: Integrated High Performance Gigabit Ethernet
Portable Storage : Alienware® 10-in-1 Digital Media Reader / Writer
Display One: No Monitor
Display Two: No Monitor
Free Alienware T-Shirt: Free Alienware® T-Shirt - Black
Free Alienware Mousepad: Free Alienware® Mousepad
AlienInspection: AlienInspection - Exclusive Integration and Inspection - $99.99 Value - FREE!

$2987 shipped

Overkill? Perhaps. As I said, I am not gaming but
I want a system that I can burn a DVD while doing
Photoshop editing at the same time I am running
a few APPS in my startup folder.

What's your advice on all this?


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Old 04-03-2005, 02:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yeah thatd be nice buht ur paying 500+ for the "alienware" name.
If i were you, id go to and setup your own computer. Smart choice on the ram since ul be multitasking. Might try the AMD athlon 64+ since windows 64 is coming out. This system will rock your sox buht try staying away from alienware.

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Old 04-03-2005, 02:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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edit: hmm..if you're not gaming, you don't need all that stuff

oh btw, that computer is way overpriced and you can get a much better comp with that price

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Old 04-03-2005, 02:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Aside from the usual 'do it yourself' comments you get.............that comp is very nice if you don't wanna build your own. I've got one on the way.................soon I hope. I will tell you this. Alienware takes FOREVER.
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Old 04-03-2005, 02:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thats quite the good set up uve chosen there. Wouldnt pay that much though, like foreverxyoung said ure pretty much payin the extra cash for the name. You could save yourself a bit of money if you built ure own like that.

Other then the price, that computer will do you for what you need and then some, i would assume.
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Old 04-03-2005, 02:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You have a lot of unneeded parts in there. You probably won't need a soundcard, you won't need a high end video card, and you don't need any of the "alienware" stuff they've thrown in like "AlienInspection".

3K is massive overkill, I'd be using a phase change kit with that kind of money. It would be much, much, much, much, MUCH better to simply go to a low price distributor such as newegg, picking out parts, and building it yourself. If you really have $3000 to spend, I or anyone else here would easily build you a machine that slaughters that one.

Just consider your options mate.
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Old 04-03-2005, 03:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok people try to pay attention.

From the looks of it this guy buys comps, he doesn't build them! Stop suggesting he do it himself. He probably doesn't want to take the time or effort to go through that, so let's assume that he has to buy one, then what would you say? Alienware, dell maybe? lol

You will be doing multitasking and stuff in a working environment, therefore I agree you should go with pentium in that case. Also that is a good processor choice, and for those of you saying 64 bit, since that is a 660 intel, that is 64 bit!!!
All the components on that look pretty good. Clearly you customer support is also important to you hence why you got the 3 year plan. That's ok, Alienware has the highest customer satisfaction and service ratings in the industry.

There is one thing I would recommend you change though. Get two hard drives in RAID 0 setup instead of one big one. This will be a lot faster which will be important to you with the rest of your system being so fast. Perhaps 2 Western Digital 74 GB 10,000 rpm drives? Or at least 2 larger 7200rpm drives in RAID 0.

And yes that might be a little overkill, but hey you've got the money, you will LOVE that computer.
<font size=\"1\">Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHZ HT-------------------AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester
Intel Stock CPU Cooler------------------------Zalman 7700-Cu
Idle: 51C---------------------------------------Idle: 21C
Load: 72C--------------------------------------Load: 28C
ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe-----------------------GIGABYTE K8NF4-9 NForce4 4X
512MBX2 Corsair XMS 2-2-2-5 PC-3200-----512MBX2 Corsair XMS 2-2-2-5 PC-3200
ATI RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition-------ATI RADEON X800 XL
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS----------Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
Western Digital Raptor 37GB 10K------------2X Western Digital SATA150 Caviar SE 80GB RAID 0
Antec True 480W------------------------------Thermaltake Silent PurePower 680W
Zalman 5.1 Headphones----------------------Zalman 5.1 Headphones
Zalman High Sensitivity Microphone----------Zalman High Sensitivity Microphone
Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard 1.0A----------Logitech Media Keyboard
Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 4.0A---------Logitech MX510
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Old 04-03-2005, 03:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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or you can build yourself a comp at

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Old 04-03-2005, 04:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That system will rip, but if your not a gamer, that video card is WAY overkill. Everything else will also help on your apps, but the video card really won't. You could at least save yourself a feww hundred bucks and get something like a 6600GT that is still a great card but A LOT cheaper.

Two me that is the only part that is WAY overkill. You could also save some money on a cheaper/onboard sound. I also agree with the suggestion to do a RAID set up. 2 Raptors would own, and helps with load ups and stuff.

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Old 04-03-2005, 04:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Power Supply Antec - 550W True Power: Quiet Power Supply (29) DB
Motherboard Gigastudio - GA-8I915P Duo Pro: 775/DDR&DDR2/1394/PCIE/4Sata/3pci/7.1 Audio
Processor Intel - Intel Pentium4 Processor 550 3.4G 800fsb retail box
Cooling included
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Memory Samsung - DDR2 1G/128MX64 PC4200 533MHZ Lifetime warranty
Memory 2 Samsung - DDR2 1G/128MX64 PC4200 533MHZ Lifetime warranty
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Maybe get a couple maxtor 300gb fluid bearing sata drives in raid 1 for storage of documents and stuff.

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