We adore your stylish, awesome-looking casings and your very cute alien-head emblem, Alienware laptops. And we also like your–uh… well, that’s about all we like about you, Alienware.
Yes, guys, the truth has been revealed about the gaming PC industry’s behemoths… Their machines are very costly, extravagant, and unneeded. That is why we do not advocate purchasing Alienware PCs.
Elite Gaming Computers, on the other hand, is not the kind to throw someone under the bus. However, our goal is to point our fellow gamers (who are looking for a decent gaming PC) on the proper path. Furthermore, Alienware is not heading in the right way for PC gamers building it yourself is.
The truth is that Alienware takes advantage of its consumers. And we want to tell you the truth so you don’t fall prey to their well-planned marketing approach. Not only that, but we’d want to assist you in building your own gaming machine, as only then will you have complete control over the quality of your gaming experience…
Why Shouldn’t You Buy Alienware Computers?
- Why Shouldn’t You Buy Alienware Computers?
- The first reason is that their laptops are exorbitantly priced.
- The second reason is that they use excessively expensive components in their computers.
- The third reason is that they do not construct well-balanced systems.
- So, why in the name of God would they ever jeopardize the quality of their systems in order to obtain an “extreme” processor?
- Alienware’s “Light Up the Sky” Build – $1499
- So, why would anyone buy an Alienware computer?
- In terms of construction…
We understand… flashing lights, a catchy logo, and a slew of misled consumers spreading the news It’s a sound marketing approach that has paid out handsomely for Dell, the parent firm of Alienware.
However, there are three primary reasons why you should avoid purchasing Alienware PCs.
The first reason is that their laptops are exorbitantly priced.
Alienware pushes price markups to new heights. The “Elite Gaming Bundle” (their most expensive desktop configuration) for their Aurora range of PCs cost $3299. However, a short product search leads one to assume that the identical system can be created for $2,000 or less. Can they possibly believe that charging their consumers exorbitant prices is a smart business strategy? That’s a load of crap!
The second reason is that they use excessively expensive components in their computers.
The processor accounts for $1,000 of the overall cost of that same $3,299 machine. Also, keep in mind that you could construct your own gaming machine for $2,000 (with identical parts and greater performance). Spending half of their money on the CPU alone appears absurd.
Some may respond by saying that they want the baddest and meanest CPU they can buy. That’s all right. What is not acceptable is compromising the quality of other components to obtain that CPU. This is precisely what Alienware has done with this machine.
The third reason is that they do not construct well-balanced systems.
If they’re going to spend $1,000 on an extreme processor, you’d think they’d go with an extreme video card–or, at the absolute least, CrossFire two high-quality video cards. Instead, a single $300 video card was supplied.
The video card they picked isn’t terrible by any means (as far as we can tell… who knows where it was made, and whether or not it’s truly brand new), but it doesn’t produce a balanced system. And their approach to component selection does not contribute to the computer’s overall performance.
Instead, they could have saved $800 on the processor by purchasing either the i5-2500k or the i5-3570k–both of which are about as excellent as gaming processors get–and used the additional money to CrossFire two $550 video cards. Or, even better, spend some of that additional cash on an SSD (which they do not include), a high-quality power supply, and a top-tier motherboard.
So, why in the name of God would they ever jeopardize the quality of their systems in order to obtain an “extreme” processor?
It all comes down to marketing…
Alienware anticipated that employing exceptionally high-end CPUs would turn some heads. Gamers would notice that the CPU in their build was of excellent quality, implying that the rest of the machine must be as well. This, however, is not the case. And you can see this approach in action in the detail section of each build, where they boldly proclaim that all of their builds feature an i7 CPU. That’s fantastic…
Except they cleverly “forget” to list the manufacturer of every other component in their setups. They also neglect to specify what type of power supply and motherboard is included in each one and everyone who has constructed a computer understands that consistent quality is the best way to assure that your system lasts. As a result, when they purposefully leave out details, a red flag is raised.
But we’re not going to sit here and complain. We’d like to demonstrate what we mean. So, to demonstrate Alienware’s poor component selection in their design, we’ll disassemble their lowest desktop model, which sells for $1499.
Alienware’s “Light Up the Sky” Build – $1499
|Processor||2ND Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3820 (10m Cache, Overclocked Up to 4.1 GHz)||$299.99|
|Hard Drive||1TB Serial ATA 3 Hard Drive||$100.00|
|Video Card||1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 555||N/A ($120ish On ebay)|
|Optical Drive||Single Drive: 24x CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) W/Double Layer Write Capability||~$20.00|
|Operating System||Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English||$99.99|
|Memory||8GB Q DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz||$49.99|
As you can see, Alienware fails to specify the manufacturer of any component–except, of course, the CPU. Furthermore, as previously noted, they do not disclose the type of motherboard or power supply they are utilizing.
This is not acceptable. If your power supply or motherboard is of poor quality, your entire system is jeopardized.
You’ve undoubtedly also noticed that unless they spend a total of $800 on the motherboard and power supply–which aren’t listed–this computer could be constructed for a lot less than what they’re asking.
Not to mention that Alienware obtains its components directly from the component manufacturer, which means they pay far less than we would if we purchased it from an internet shop.
We wouldn’t be shocked if they were able to assemble the entire computer for under $600. (the motherboard and power supply included).
Of course, this is just conjecture… But we can’t see them paying much more than that…
So, why would anyone buy an Alienware computer?
Maybe it’s because they don’t have any other options…
The Best Alienware Alternative: Build Your Own Gaming Computer (It’s Not As Difficult As You Think)
Alienware and other large computer firms rely on one thing: that you, the buyer, have no idea what you’re getting.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take much effort on your side to become knowledgeable enough to see that Alienware PCs are garbage and that constructing your own system would be far more useful.
We are certain that you can accomplish it and the advantages of constructing your own system is too wonderful to pass up.
There are three major advantages of creating your own gaming setup. They are as follows:
· You have complete control over the quality of your PC. There are no deceptive specs. There are no low-cost components. There is no-nonsense.
· Every time you switch on the computer you designed and constructed, you will feel a feeling of accomplishment.
· You have the option of either saving a lot of money or putting that additional money to greater use (i.e. upgrade to better parts). The idea is that the decision is yours, not that of greedy computer business.
In terms of construction…
If you can put together one of those office furniture desks, or any other thing that comes in pieces, you can put together a computer.
It’s just a question of connecting the appropriate cords into the appropriate slots and ports.
However, we don’t want to mislead you into thinking that building a computer is as simple as putting together some DUPLO Blocks (those giant LEGO blocks for kids). You must exercise caution and take your time. However, if you can be patient with your build, you will almost certainly accomplish the task right.
In fact, if you’re concerned about constructing your computer, we strongly advise you to download our FREE construction guide. If, after reading this tutorial, you still don’t believe you can construct your own gaming machine and you can’t find anybody else to assist you, then, by all means, look for another alternative. (However, we are confident that you will see how easy the entire procedure maybe.)
Finally, if every gamer understood that they could construct their own gaming computer with relatively little trouble, Alienware would never have the opportunity to sully anyone’s house with their shoddy equipment again…
That’s something we enjoy!