Sod Alienware! Give me a week and £1500 and I could destroy any rig they build in all performance areas.
my alienware laptop was a bit of a dog before i upgraded it
Mind you , it was the m15x laptop with the old school i7. ( £1200 after a ton of discounts i applied)
The alienware m15x default graphics card was a pig and i had it replaced under warrenty which made it worse , so decided to buy a better one ! at a cost of £400 off of ebay ! , think it was a 460m or somthing.. mind you it was just released .
Also replaced the processor with the i7 extreme edition 920xm
replaced the HDD with a SSD , and took out the DVD and put in another HDD caddy
also upgraded the ram to 8gb
After all that !! it felt ok but not great !
I still prefer my core 2 quad core extreme system at home , 8gb ddr2 2x 1tb HDD's , GTX 260 . All home made and still runs great after many years .
Build your self , you know what your getting ! with a large budget you can get some great stuff !
Well I've just finished building:
Core i7 2600K 3.40GHz overclocked @ 4.30GHz
16GB Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P motherboard
Gainward GTX 580
64GB Corsair SSD
750w Corsair TX modular PSU
Fractal Design midi tower case
Planning on it lasting me 5/8 years, as my old one was built 2003ish and lasted up until a few weeks ago before I just couldn't bear running any more games on the lowest res possible :p
I've also had Dead Island and GTA4 at full res, and GTA4 with the ENB graphical addons and still at no slowdown (I think GTA4 also had full AA on)
I thank ZeroHour for his recommendation of it
Fantastic, looks like I made the right choice in getting the 580 then.
If I was some limp dick, ICT teacher type expert who wanted a new computer and didn't want to build it myself and get one pre-built ...... I wouldn't admit to it and go to PCWorld like everyone else.
Used Overclockers for my computer and home and don't have any complaints about their service. Their postage prices aren't cheap, but if you become a regular on their forum you qualify for free postage.
I've also used Scan and Novatech without issues too.