Not interested in the AW vs Apple debate going on here...but...if you wait for a good deal on a refurbished AW, you can get very good deals...
I picked up my Aurora R4, 3930k, 16GB, Nvidia 690GTX, 1TB, BD, etc...for about 1600...considering that the video card and processor alone add up to that, and are very easy to OC, I think it would be very hard for anyone to purchase or build a similar unit in that price range.
Also, when I emailed them to purchase a bracket for the SSD's, they sent them to me free of charge.
My 2 cents...Excellent price for refurbished (mine has a small scratch on the case, all else perfect), Quality is Great, Service was Amazing.
With my OC settings, my system can handle anything...better than any mac :-)
Dang where did you get that at for $1600? Graphics Card alone is $1000 new
Not really that great of a deal considering the deals you can get on these in the outlet. If you are one of the people that throw their nose up at refurb then I guess this is something to consider. I bought a refurb and thoroughly inspected it to be 100% new.
But anyways I picked this setup up for $550 shipped a month or so ago. Even though this is BTO, I don't see the draw to buy an Alienware (which you generally buy for speed/power) with an i3.
I play Ghost Recon online a full settings max without issue.
-- Alienware X51 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 BIT
-- Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 Processor (3.4GHz (8MB Cache) with Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)
-- Certified Refurbished
-- Soft Contracts Dell In-Home Hardware Agreement for Alienware
-- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 BIT
-- Thermal Heat Sink
-- Service Software
-- 330W A/C Adapter
-- Optical 2-Button Mouse
-- Matte Stealth Black with Dark Chrome Accents
-- Powercord,125Volt,15Amp,10 Foot
-- Wave Systems Software
-- AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue
-- Alienware TactX Keyboard
-- Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
-- Dell Wireless 1502 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)
-- 1 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555
-- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
-- 8GB, DDR3 UDIMM Memory, 1600MHz, Non-ECC (2 DIMMs)
-- 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Just scored one today with similar specs for 680 after tax. Subsitute gtx 660, 16 gb ram,2tb hdd and bluray/dvdburner combo. Cant waite til i get this next monday.
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