1. Cold cathode neon lights (really bright) 2. 1,100 watts power supply (a lot) 3. Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core proccessor (the best) 4. Free games and T-shirt, like Age of Empires 3 and Rainbox Six Vegas 5. Liquid cooling plus neon fans 6. The best motherboard right now 7. 2 gigabyte ram but it is upgradable to 8 gigabytes 8. 2 (Dual) Nvidia 8800 GTX 768 megabytes graphics card (the best) 9. 500 gigabyte hard drive (which is more than I need trust me) 10. Lightscribe Technology drives (cd and dvd and all the other formats) 11. The best sound card(X-Fi Platinum) and the best speakers (Both cost about $600) 12. Onboard LAN network 13. 22 inch monitor and lots of USB ports 14. g15 keybord (Gaming Keyboard) 15. g7 mouse (Gaming mouse) 16. Temperature Meter with remote control 17. Proffesional wiring and rounded cables 18. 1 year parts, 3 years repairs, and lifetime technical support free 19. Flash media card reader 20. Windows Vista Home Premium (awesome) I made an Alienware exactly like this computer and it cost about $10,000 (why are Alienwares so expensive) and this one in www.ibuypower.com costs $4,900 which is half. I need it %100 for now and future projects please help. This is the case but I'm getting it in black http://www.nzxt.com/Download/guardian1280.jpg
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However, do you need all this power? I work in the animation/video arts industry, (not really the technical department but development yes) and this is a heavy duty machine you're planning on buying.
I guess if you think its worth it and are willing to pay the price then yes go for it, there are some parts here you might be able to save 100$ or so, but overall this machine is worth it.
The reason Alienware is so expensive is because they use the latest of the latest, many of there technology is either contracted or exclusively available to them. I have learned however that in this IT industry being ahead is a hard thing to do, even for Alienware. So what is worth 1000 now will be worth about 400 a year from now, 100, 2 years from now. By the time that you reach the price vs. age range you will have wasted a lot of money on a machine that was "the shit" when you bought it, but when you have to replace it 4-5 years later (the average computer age) you will still not have made up for the extra you paid.
But i'm just a computer geek and if I had 10,000 to spare I would certainly buy the Alienware lol
also adding a second GTX only nets you something like 10-15% performance increase, where as SLI'ing a GTS gets you the normal 40+% increase, so the extra $600 doesn't net you 2x the speed as you might think. and on a 22" monitor a single GTX is more than fast enough at those resolutions, with a 30" you may be able to justify the extra card..
Intel 2Duo E6600 2.4Ghz
EVGA 8800 GTX Video Card
2 Gb Ram Corsair
EVGA 680I MoBo
DVD Burner, CD-RW
320 GB Seagate Barracuda SATA 2 w/PR
Zalman CPU Heat sink and Fan
Artic 5 Silver
Audigy 4 Platinum SB
650W Silverstone PS
Antec Mid tower case
All for $1850.
This system will rock for many years and has the capability to go to quad processor when the need arises. Considering there are currently no real applications taking advantage of dual processors, why spend the $1500 just for the processor?
It basically boils down to your comfort level. If you are OK with spending $5000 on a system that in 1 year you can get for less than $2500, then go for it. You will be happy either way.