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dlvoiselle 11 18 March 30, 2016 at 02:58 PM in Computers (8) More Dell Home & Office Deals
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Hi all,

I'm looking to purchase a new computer for my boyfriend and would love some advice on a decent gaming PC. I just placed an order for an Alienware in haste so it will arrive in time for his birthday, but now I'm not so sure if it's the best option. Below are the specs of the Alienware, but I'd love to hear if there are better options in the same price range.

He mostly plays WoW, Marvel Heroes, Dragon Age(?), and a few others I can't quite seem to recall.

Thanks in advance!

http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienwar...ware-alpha
(without xbox controller)


Alienware
Alienware Alpha with HDMI Cable, Windows 10 Home 64bit English: $840
-$200 Instant Discount
-$64 Military Discount
-$11.52 Members Discount

Order Subtotal: $564.48
Shipping and Handling Total: $0.00
Tax Total: $50.11
Total Amount: $614.59

Quantity Item Number Description Unit Price
1 210-ACWP Alienware Alpha Base $495.68
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1 370-AABX 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (4GBx2) $0.00
1 580-AAOJ Alienware Standard USB 2.0 Keyboard (English) $0.00
1 490-BCUS NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX GPU 2GB GDDR5 $0.00
1 555-BCCD Intel Wireless AC 7265 Driver, BCC $0.00
1 400-AHHF 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s $0.00
1 619-AHCY Windows 10 Home (64bit) English $0.00
1 570-AACL Alienware USB Optical Mouse $0.00
1 555-BBWC Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 2x2 + Bluetooth 4.0 $0.00
1 450-AAHV Power Cord 1M (US) $0.00
1 340-AGUD Safety/Environment and Regulatory Guide (English/French) $0.00
1 801-2111 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty Initial Year $0.00
1 801-2110 Mail In Service after Remote Diagnosis, 1 Year $0.00
1 338-BICE Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4785T Quad-Core Processor(8M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz) $68.80
1 321-BBWL Windows Chassis $0.00
1 412-AAEG Processor Heatsink $0.00
1 412-AAEH Video card heatsink $0.00
1 450-ADFZ 130 W A/C Adapter $0.00
1 389-BEZD Regulatory Label, BTO $0.00
1 328-BBUO Setup Instructions English $0.00
1 340-ATZZ Placemat (English,French,Dutch,Spanish) $0.00
1 332-1530 Dell.com Order $0.00
1 340-ATZX Alienware Alpha Packaging $0.00
1 389-BIIZ Intel(R) Label $0.00
1 658-BCUO Additional Software $0.00
1 332-0550 Dell.com Order $0.00
1 332-1286 US Order $0.00
1 998-BQLM Fixed Hardware Configuration $0.00
1 750-AALQ No Controller $0.00
Item Sub Total $564.48
Item Ship Charge $0.00
Item Tax $50.11
Item Total
$614.59

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Maybe not what's your budget?
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Under $1000, but ideally within this ($600ish) price range.
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I'd lean towards no. The alpha is only nice from the perspective of size;, it's not really any bang for the buck performance wise. On the other hand, you seem to be under time constraints. Don't happen to have any geeky friends that have knowledge of pc building?
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Quote from dlvoiselle View Post :
Under $1000, but ideally within this ($600ish) price range.

Alienware Alpha No sorry

try CyberPower PC I have found that they are just a little more expensive than buying the parts and building it yourself

www.cyberpowerpc.com

An alienware alpha can not even run Fallout 4 at max effects.

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/syste..._Special_I

$952 and you can often find a 5% off code online for them.
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these alphas can be found on sale for less than $400
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Time was of the essence....you did OK I suppose. Keep the receipt and when he opens it say, "I knew you wanted xyz and this is what I got...but if you don't want this, let's figure out what you DO want together!" or something like that.
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Thanks all for your advice! S

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these alphas can be found on sale for less than $400
Could you link please? The lowest I was able to find was the $600 that was FP a few weeks back.
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Thanks all for your advice! S



Could you link please? The lowest I was able to find was the $600 that was FP a few weeks back.
Only ones I have seen at that price are the i3 models which are far below what you just bought in comparison.

That is not a bad machine and a decent price. Without building it yourself you would have to pay significantly more to get something better. I wouldn't worry about performance here. I have seen the entry model i3 play Witcher 3 on medium settings fine and I imagine that the i7 would handle the game nicely as well as anything else you throw at it.

Not all games require 4k and more than 30hz to enjoy. Given the short list of games you gave as an example, your boyfriend plays he should be happy.

I also like these machines because they are very compact and can live nicely in an entertainment center.
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The i3 model is the way to go. The stronger processor is great and everything, but since you can't upgrade the video card, the i3 is plenty strong enough. I can run most games on high settings at 1080p and it costs about $400.
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The i3 model is the way to go. The stronger processor is great and everything, but since you can't upgrade the video card, the i3 is plenty strong enough. I can run most games on high settings at 1080p and it costs about $400.
Pretty sure she has moved on and doesn't pay attention to this thread anymore but I agree with what you are saying.

I was thinking of picking up one a little while ago and looked at some gameplay comparisons. The i3 model seems to push the same frame rate as the i7 model since the GPU is the bottleneck in the system. Would have been nice if they gave you options to upgrade that rather than the CPU.

If you need something that handles additional processes or want to use it outside of gaming then the i5 may be a decent option. It looks like the i7 is a bit overkill and will not be exercised fully.

The lack of this console being able to handle Just Cause 3 even on low settings kind of killed it for me. Looks like it will play anything else though. More JC3's fault than anything, but still a deal breaker.
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