Dude, this one isn't a DELL
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2006 - 10:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just in the nick of time [H]ard|OCP purchased and tested an AlienWare Aurora 550. They managed to miss buying a DELL by a matter of days, although the recent sale may give them a reason to buy another AlienWare machine in the future, and test them head to head.
"We purchased the Aurora 5500, the baseline AMD-based gaming computer from Alienware. Among the
mid-range of Alienware's offerings, the Aurora 5500 is marketed towards gamers but it could also
be a good family computer. The computer may be a bit pricey (and bulky) to suit many college
students, but configured properly, the 5500 could make a very good mid-range general purpose
Our configuration, however, was beyond what many families would consider for a computer these
days. We paid a total of $1,939.00, including $104 shipping via FedEx air. This included a 256MB
NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT, which was a steep, $192 upgrade from the 6600GT that was offered as the
base video card in the configuration."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
Upgrade Planning: 2006 Edition @ ExtremeTech
Builders Guide @ TweakTown
Building Your Own
Computer (DIY) Guide @ Legit Reviews
Gaming System Specs
Guide for the Casual Gamer @ Short-Media.com
"Coolthreads" Server: First Impressions and Experiences @ AnandTech
OC'ed Pentium D 830 System @ SPCR
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