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Should I buy an Alienware PC?

By Boxy Brown
Jul 31, 2006
  1. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    yes Alienware got bought out. Furthermore their recent product quality has taken a huge fall. I would built a custom system rather than buy a pre-packaged system built by the. There have been simply too many complaints.
     
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Dell's US service is out of some country somewhere in south Asia (India, Indonesia) I am sure of. Every time I called them for service with my Dell, I could barely understand what the people were saying. Dell also doesn't train them very well, as I had a lot of problems with what they said.
     
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

    Alienwares are overrated as such. Avoid at all costs. Try VoodooPC instead (before they're bought out by HP :O). I would get a custom built PC first though. With the same specs as an AlienWare PC, u could get a custom built one for around a 3-5K lower price.
     
  4. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 757

    I have an alienware laptop. I have no issues with it.
    You can build a PC cheaper but at the time I wanted one and so I bought it.

    The Alien Autopsy program sucks though. It reports crashes to alienware and your suppose to get a response from alienware a day later but I never received any responses from them.

    I don't need them really but its the fact that they do not comply with the rules they created.

    I like the performance, design and the theme manager.

    Its heavy as hell though. I travel alot for my job,systems analyst, and this thing gets heavy standing in line at the airport.
     
  5. hewybo

    hewybo TS Maniac Posts: 570

    Checkthis?

    Visit www.velocitymicro.com. 24/7 support behind AMD or Intel platforms. Customization options.

    Bring your checkbook!!!!!:grinthumb
     
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

    Umm hewybo, that link doesn't seem to work.
    KillerNoteBooks has awesome gaming notebooks available, for lesser prices than AlienWare. Check it out.
     
  7. hewybo

    hewybo TS Maniac Posts: 570

    Did for me-

    Rage- just clicked it, and it worked for me- that IS the URL, dunno why you had the trouble. Maybe copy and paste? Beats me, doh!!:confused:
     
  8. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    ibuypower.com has a bunch of different configurations and options.
     
  9. Nawwar

    Nawwar TS Rookie

    I completely agree..... for 3K you could easily build your own and outperform the alienware 5K PC's
     
  10. btraxinger

    btraxinger TS Rookie

    Ok

    In my opinion, for the price you are going to pay at alienware, you should definately build your own computer. You will get a computer that is like 10 times better if you build your own for 10 times cheaper =). Hope you find what you are looking for.
     
  11. Face of LA

    Face of LA TS Rookie Posts: 186

    i dunno about all of that, but if i were u i wud get a new good system, or upgrade my system, u will pay less and get better performance, cuz alienware is so expensive


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  12. Coth

    Coth TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Not worth what you can custom build

    I would buy a custom system from a small shop rather than a big or major manufacturer. Sure they tweak the operating system but for 1/3 of that money you could have something better or just as good depending on the system you're interested in.

    If you can build a comp yourself it's best to do it that way, or a small shop. Tech support with a small shop is MUCH better. You can call them and bring in the computer and have it worked on with a service turnaround in a week, TOPS.

    ...and NEVER get a computer from a Rent-to-own place.
     
  13. Myzz617

    Myzz617 TS Rookie Posts: 382

    LMFAO geekienivk101, not for outsourcing ICIC. Alienware, dont waste time or money. Think progresso, or even geico and save more then just 15% on ur PC investment. The physics engine is the onli thing i dont technically understand completely, other than that definitely build your own PC. I recently opened a forum on suggestions on building your own gaming pc. Check it out, not much but deff worth a quick glance esp if u have Alienware type $$. Go with intel because thy just started with core 2 duo and making great products now in the race with ATI. SLI is the new hot thing but depends on what you have to spend which seems like that is not a huge problem.
     
  14. Rilla927

    Rilla927 TS Rookie Posts: 180

    Alienware was being investigated by the Attorney General in Florida.

    They shouldn't even be in business. I'm posting this info in hopes that people that are thinking of buying from won't go through what I went through or many others. These cases are not isolated. They made my life nothing short of a nightmare.

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?t=63326&highlight=Rilla927

    http://www.opentechsupport.net/forums/showthread.php?t=22795

    http://www.opentechsupport.net/forums/showthread.php?t=13912

    This guy was really smart in the way of sueing Dell. Finally, one for the customer for once.

    http://www.opentechsupport.net/forums/showthread.php?t=42772
     
  15. Pinoy Dynasty

    Pinoy Dynasty TS Rookie

    You should just upgrade your current PC you own, you will be able to make your PC as good as an Alienware and probably save a large amount of money. I think that is the best thing you could do.
     
  16. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438


    If HP does buy Voodoo then VooDoo will suck so bad... They'll have ads in all video game magazines showing off their 6600gs SLI and "├╝ber gaming" systems ;)


    Also Alienwares are good but they are sooooooooooooooooooo exspensive, just build your own like I did... I have like 6 custom PCs and STILL spent less then for 1 alienware ;)
     
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