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Wed May 10, 2006 6:26 pm Reply and quote this post
Although we can certainly tell you how great our computers are and how overpriced Alienware is, we thought it would be better if you heard it from the public.

Here are some more independent comments from a bunch of computer gamers on a computer tech message board found at http://sysopt.earthweb.com/forum/show...?threadid=164878:

"I honestly do not see the justifacation in the price of this system, yes its fast but honestly, what do you guys think?" - CrazyCrusher

"...so if you ask me. they are out of there mind." - DozerLYP

"Alienware have always charged silly prices, whats new?" - BigJackStaffa

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Sun May 28, 2006 6:24 am Reply and quote this post
alienware in australia seems pretty reasonable - quite a bit cheaper than the UK and USA
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Mon May 29, 2006 7:49 am Reply and quote this post
Wow, maybe they use different components, I'm not sure, but its expensive really, I'd prefer to make my own or maybe even buy a mac with Bootcamp (i.e A G6 running OSX 10.5!!)
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Mon May 29, 2006 8:32 am Reply and quote this post
I thought the point in alienware was that it was "hip" and "trendy" and like with clothes, costs a leg or two for simple nothing or some flashy things that aren't really required. That is, the brand, excuse me.

Seriously, I've seen college shirts sell for 200€. While on the other shop same kind of shirt costs 20€. I don't see it differ from with computers either.

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Mon May 29, 2006 10:32 am Reply and quote this post
I don't think you can really overprice Alienware Computers. I mean they are computers which you can show off to your friends and yes they are beasts of machines. So no I don't think they are overpriced and if people want to buy a computer with all bells and whistles and cant be bothered to make one for the same spec for half the price so they deserve to be ripped off
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Tue May 30, 2006 2:27 pm Reply and quote this post
I think Allienware computers are seriously overpriced,you can easily build a similar one for half the price,minus their great aftersale warranty,mind you they are owned by Dell now,well say goodbye to thier great aftersales warranty lol
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Wed May 31, 2006 4:41 am Reply and quote this post
I configured a custom PC on Alienware to have the best AMD CPU (dual), nVidia 7900 512MB, 500GB hard drive, liquid cooling, 2 GB RAM etc... and the price was A$5,631, which is about 2000 pounds, or US$4000. That was for a damn good PC. The components would have been the same as any Alienware PC - just stuff (like technology) is cheaper in Australia (not too cheap tho - its way cheaper in Asia, for exactly the same product - which is prob why Alienware is not in Asia, they would be undercut all the time).
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Wed May 31, 2006 8:43 pm Reply and quote this post
800fsbgang wrote:
I think Allienware computers are seriously overpriced,you can easily build a similar one for half the price,minus their great aftersale warranty,

True that.. My brother has built several of his own computers, and they've been only about $1500 each, and they're beasts of machines.  And now my friend is going to start to build his own (once he gets the money) and he's estimated it to be around $1800.  If you go to the right sites, you can get a lot of the parts for cheaper.  

=O!  I actually agreed with you on somehing =P.

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Tue Jun 06, 2006 5:17 am Reply and quote this post
Maybe the build quality will decline in Alienware computers? I think they'll continue to sell at a high price because of the name, regardless of whats inside. I built my high spec computer with some pats from http://www.overclockers.com, excellent ifyou want cheap components. There was also something in Custom PC Magazine, where you can build a high spec PC for under £400. I built mine for under £1000 (I think!) and I didn't want an AMD processor, so I got an Intel Dual Core 3.8Ghz, with 4GB RAM  
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Tue Jun 06, 2006 5:41 am Reply and quote this post
Don't know if the build quality will decline. Alienware is a pretty cheap company - they hardly make any of the parts themselves. The CPU, HDD, RAM, motherboard and Graphics /sound cards are all made by other companies. Come to think of it, I think that Alienware only makes the case and brands the PCs (im not sure if they make the cooling system or the fan, though). At the end of the day, building a PC yourself - or ordering one from companies which sell for reasonable prices (because you get warranty then) is probably a better idea. The Alienware laptops are pretty reasonable for price (and they are fairly high-spec, with cool design work) - I don't think they really sell to well - most gamers prefer Desktops.
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Tue Jun 06, 2006 3:43 pm Reply and quote this post
Like I said, Alienware make those cool cases, and basically Mod and Assamble the PC to make it Alienware Branded; its a similar story with the Laptops really. the Cooling system isn't made by Alienware  , and the Gaming Laptops? Generally for those who have "more money than sense"
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Sat Jul 08, 2006 11:04 pm Reply and quote this post
Yep as the saying goes the best technology is always going to be a bit expensive at first.
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Sun Jul 09, 2006 4:09 am Reply and quote this post
atomic77 wrote:
Yep as the saying goes the best technology is always going to be a bit expensive at first.


But its not always the best technology,and the components you get from them to what Price I can get elsewhere there's a big price difference.
You are paying for customer support and a Label and nothing else.

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Sun Jul 09, 2006 2:22 pm Reply and quote this post
Your paying to be part of something too; they advertise here...  
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