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Alienware Aurora Desktop - i7 8700, 16GB RAM, GTX 1070, 2TB+256 M.2 SSD $1399 + tax + 14.95 s/h

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8GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 Graphics
2TB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive + 256GB M.2 Solid State Drive
DVD-RW (Writes to DVD/CD)
Alienware Multi-Media Wired Keyboard + Mouse
1x HDMI


Specs:

Processor & Memory:
Intel® Core i7-8700 Processor 3.2GHz
16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM

Drives:
2TB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive + 256GB PCIE M.2 Solid State Drive
DVD-RW (Writes to DVD/CD)

Operating System:
Microsoft® Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

Communications:
Killer 1535 802.11 Wireless-AC WLAN + Bluetooth 4.1

Graphics & Video:
8GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 Graphics

Keyboard:
Alienware Multi-Media Wired Keyboard + Mouse

Ports & Slots:
2x USB 3.1 (1x Type-C, 1x Type-A)
7x USB 3.0 (1x Type-C, 6x Type-A)
6x USB 2.0
1x HDMI
1x Display Port
2x SPDIF Digital Output (1x TOSLINK, 1x Coax)
1x Headphone 1/8" Jack
1x Microphone 1/8" Jack
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Given that Xps with 1070 was around the same price with the recent Dell coupon, this Alienware deal seems good..
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Same config on dell.con is over $1850, not sure why the thumbs down..
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Sell ram and gpu to break even?
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Same config on dell.con is over $1850, not sure why the thumbs down..
I think this deal deserves a discussion. You are correct in saying that the configuration on Dell is $1850 or so, but then they are running a $200 off $1599 coupon so that really makes it $1650. I think people aren't thrilled with this deal due to the plethora of Dell pre-builts that you can get right now using their current coupons, some of which, on paper, have better specs than this at a similar price. I personally think that the Costco extended warranty (2 years and another 2 with Credit Card Protection) and the few little bonuses that this configuration has make it tempting, but it's hard to pass up something like this with a 1080 for $20 more:

https://slickdeals.net/f/11185891-dell-xps-8930-desktop-i7-8700-16gb-ddr4-512gb-pcie-ssd-gtx-1080-8gb-1421-free-shipping?src=SiteSearch

The deal says its expired, but it's still available. I personally like the layout of the Alienware case more, and there's some feedback out there saying that the XPS with the 1080 is super loud, but I'm not sure if that's enough of a downside to take a hit on the graphics card. Also, I'm pretty sure that this Aurora from Costco doesn't have liquid cooling on the CPU. All in all I think you made a good effort and downvotes without discussion do nothing productive.

EDIT: Other pros and cons. XPS has only one slot for a graphics card, but Alienware has 2, however I doubt the power supply from the Costco Alienware will support 2 cards. It's more than likely the same 460w power supply on both.

EDIT 2: If this had the 1080 or were maybe $100 cheaper, I'd be all over it.
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Thanks. Even with those coupons , this one is still cheaper than xps..

I read some comments that Alienware is supposed to be better than xps (same config) .. hence the wondering.. also I noticed that it is 3.2Ghz on Costco ca 4.2 on Dell, not sure if I am reading correctly..
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I think this deal deserves a discussion. You are correct in saying that the configuration on Dell is $1850 or so, but then they are running a $200 off $1599 coupon so that really makes it $1650. I think people aren't thrilled with this deal due to the plethora of Dell pre-builts that you can get right now using their current coupons, some of which, on paper, have better specs than this at a similar price. I personally think that the Costco extended warranty (2 years and another 2 with Credit Card Protection) and the few little bonuses that this configuration has make it tempting, but it's hard to pass up something like this with a 1080 for $20 more:

https://slickdeals.net/f/11185891-dell-xps-8930-desktop-i7-8700-16gb-ddr4-512gb-pcie-ssd-gtx-1080-8gb-1421-free-shipping?src=SiteSearch

The deal says its expired, but it's still available. I personally like the layout of the Alienware case more, and there's some feedback out there saying that the XPS with the 1080 is super loud, but I'm not sure if that's enough of a downside to take a hit on the graphics card. Also, I'm pretty sure that this Aurora from Costco doesn't have liquid cooling on the CPU. All in all I think you made a good effort and downvotes without discussion do nothing productive.

EDIT: Other pros and cons. XPS has only one slot for a graphics card, but Alienware has 2, however I doubt the power supply from the Costco Alienware will support 2 cards. It's more than likely the same 460w power supply on both.

EDIT 2: If this had the 1080 or were maybe $100 cheaper, I'd be all over it.
yes, makes sense.. point i am trying to make is, that XPS has 1080 but other components may not be as good as alienware..
another major difference at least for me - 512GB PCIe Solid State Drive SSD on XPS vs 2TB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive + 256GB PCIE M.2 Solid State Drive on alienware
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Thanks. Even with those coupons , this one is still cheaper than xps..

I read some comments that Alienware is supposed to be better than xps (same config) .. hence the wondering.. also I noticed that it is 3.2Ghz on Costco ca 4.2 on Dell, not sure if I am reading correctly..
Base frequency is 3.2Ghz but it will automatically overclock to between 4.3Ghz and 4.6Ghz depending on how many cores are being used.
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Thanks. Even with those coupons , this one is still cheaper than xps..

I read some comments that Alienware is supposed to be better than xps (same config) .. hence the wondering.. also I noticed that it is 3.2Ghz on Costco ca 4.2 on Dell, not sure if I am reading correctly..
The Alienware is around $20.00 cheaper than the XPS, but the XPS comes with a GTX 1080 instead of a GTX 1070. The 1080 is a much better card.
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wrong thread :/
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