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Alienware Pricing

By skitzo_zac
Jan 31, 2008
  1. A friend of mine was contemplatig the purchase if an Alienware PC. I decided to do a little research about there prices and this is my outcome. Just thought I would share it with you.

    All prices are in AUD. Maybe its not so bad in the US I dont know.




    Below is the default configuration of the Alienware Area-51® 7500
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    Below is the keyboard you get with the Alienware PC as you can see it is a generic keyboard, thus we can assume so is the mouse.
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    Below is the same thing from PCManiacs
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    PRICING:
    Alienware:
    Sub Total $2,871.00
    Freight $149.00
    GST $274.55
    Total $3,020.00

    PC Maniacs
    Sub-Total: $1,527.00
    Courier (Star Track Express - Deliver To Postcode: XXXX): $92.00
    Total: $1,619.00
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Are you REALLY certain that Alienware is the best choice for your needs? Lately, we find them to be considerable trouble, both in early failures, and in difficulties getting parts and tech support. Perhaps tech support is better in Australia?
    Shipping is high for what you report.
     
  3. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 650

    Raybay, he never said Alienware was for his needs. He said a freind of his (and mine) was thinking about getting one. He doesn't know light from dark. This is just a showcase of how much they can get away with charging and how much cheaper you can get if you build youself. It's BS, they are just basically charging a $1300 serivce fee.
     
  4. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 418

    Sorry Raybay we are not picking on you. But I think you have mis-interperated what my intentions were. I never Intend to purchase anything from Alienware.

    A friend of mine and jtickner1's was being really stupid and considering it. I just did this research to prove to him how much of a rip off it was.
     
  5. M0R0NI

    M0R0NI TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Wow they get a huge service fee and in my opinion it is not worth it.
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    If a person has that kind of money, paying an experienced computer tech to build a custom system would be the thing to do...
     
  7. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 418

    Yeah well I told my friend in question who was contemplating the Alienware purchase, that I would help him build a computer. And from that site PC Maniacs for $3000 you can get a quad core, 4gb of ram 8800gt's for SLI, you get the point a very nice machine. But Alienware, hmmm no value for money there.
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I just built 2 Quad core, 2GB DDR2, 3-320GB SATA hard drives systems for $1000 each including 24" SyncMaster 245BW monitors
     
  9. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 418

    Very nice Tmagic650, what Graphics did you pair with them?
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    MSI Gforce 8600GTs
     
  11. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 418

    8600's I would of thought that they would be a little bit of a bottle neck with quad core CPU's?
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    they are not gaming machines. They are hi-end Internet machines
     
  13. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 418

    "High End Internet Machines" Never heard of such a thing before. I hope the bottle neck then is the GPU and not your internet connection :p
     
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