new computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by opt789, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. I figure I am doing my part to help the US economy, and I don't even get a rebate check. I ordered a new Alienware machine, so for anyone thinking of buying from them I will let you know how my experience goes. They say it will take several weeks to get because only one guy builds and tests the ALX level. I have bought from Dell several times but not from Alienware. So far I can say the customer service is better and the tech support is a lot better (I called their tech support a few times with questions before I ordered the machine).

    I am aware this is much more computer than most anyone would need but I will be using it for many different things in addition to trading. I am also aware Alienware charges a lot but I am not equipped to build one myself, I want good tech support, and I couldn't find anyone else that offered this level of system.

    I also purchased two of the new 30" NEC monitors, LCD3090WQXi-BK. I could not find another 30" that did not have known issues so I decided to take a chance on these. So far I can say they work quite well, they are large (as in thick and have a large footprint) and give off a lot of heat but that is common with all 30" monitors. The 2560x1600 resolution is very nice.

    Here are some of the specs of the machine:
    Alienware® P2 ALX Chassis with AlienIce™ 3.0 Video Cooling
    System Cooling: Alienware® ALX High-Performance Liquid Cooling
    Acoustic Dampening: Alienware® Acoustic Dampening
    Graphics Processor: Dual 1GB ATI® Radeon™ HD 3870 X2 – Quad GPU Technology
    Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme QX9650 3.0GHz 12MB Cache 1333MHz FSB - Overclocked to 4.0 GHz
    Memory: 4GB Patriot EP+ Low Latency Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz-2x2048MB
    Motherboard: Alienware® Approved X38 Motherboard
    Includes onboard Wireless-N, PCI-Express 2.0, and DDR3 memory
    System Drive: Extreme Performance (RAID 0) - 320GB (2 x 160GB) SATA 1.5Gb/s 10,000RPM 2 x 16MB Cache
    Optical Drives : Dual Drive Configuration - Drive 1: 20X Dual Layer Burner (DVD±RW) w/ LightScribe
    Drive 2: 4x Dual Layer Blu-ray Burner (BD-RE, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
    Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeGamer High Definition 7.1 Audio
    Network Connection: Dual High Performance Gigabit Ethernet Ports
    Network Connection: High-Performance Integrated Wireless 802.11n/g/b + Access Point
    Power Supply: Alienware® 1000 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply

    If you trade 15 ES it is a mere 17.3 points to pay for it.

    No one here may be interested in this level of computer or monitor, but I would be happy to answer any questions if there are any.
    :)
     
  2. Didn't see mention of the "launching pad"... how much is that?
     
  3. nkhoi

    nkhoi Moderator

    Round Rock, Texas, March 22, 2006



    Dell announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alienware to further satisfy the growing number of consumers and businesses seeking the highest-performance PC products, including those used for gaming and multimedia digital content management. Terms of the planned purchase will not be disclosed.
     
  4. That was my first question when I called them - is dealing with them the same as dealing with Dell. They assured me, and I can confirm it so far, that they are run as a separate and independent entity from Dell.
     
  5. But the Alienware mesh cap, mousepad, and binder are "free". Doesn't that make it worth it?:p
     
  6. Even without the extra goodies, you'll be the envy of every wannabe trader who's wishing he could just scalp a couple of ticks so he could afford to upgrade his RAM...
     
  7. Is it 2 1GB cards or 2 cards giving you 1GB of video memory?

    How much? I didn't do much looking, but the m/b is $270, the proc is $1,030, and if it is 2 1GB cards they're $500 a piece or so.

    Also, 160GB HDDs? @ 10k? Which ones? Because of the speed (1.5GB/s) it looks like they're raptors, but the ones I know about are 150GB. No big deal, just if you're spending that kind of money it'd be nice to get the specs correct. Probably a typo or else I've not heard of them.
     
  8. jho

    jho

    I think you just saved the US economy from a massive recession with the purchase of that beast.

    You are a super-nerd, a huge huge nerd haha, awesome system man, it should last you a long time :D
     
  9. Maybe not... could get away from him and go crashing into the wall on the first lap.
     
  10. jho

    jho

    Hahahaha no kidding. What a beast.
     
    #10     Apr 25, 2008