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Old 01-17-2013, 11:08 PM   #1
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Default New gaming/school PC

I need a new comp for school, but the last cheap lenovo laptop i bought was a piece of poop that went out on me after a year.

So im a little shellshocked and i dont wanna make a another fail pick due to my own ignorance.

i went to dell because iv herd good things.

so what i want to know is: is this in general a good buy? will i be able to handle modern games like planet side 2? Should i look els where?

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Alienware X51
PROCESSOR 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3-2120 (3M Cache, 3.3 GHz)
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
MEMORY 6GB (1 X 2GB, 1 X 4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz
HARD DRIVE 1TB SATA 3Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache
OPTICAL DRIVE Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD±RW, CD-RW)
VIDEO CARD NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 640 1GB GDDR5
CHASSIS COLOR Matte Stealth Black with Dark Chrome Accents
WIRELESS DW1506 Wireless-N WLAN Half Mini-Card
Adobe Reader Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
Misc 1 Steam Factory Installed and Steam Extra Content
ALIENFX AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue
PRE-INSTALLED SOFTWARE Steam Factory Installed and Steam Extra Content
AVATAR Alienhead Chrome Blue
AUTOMATIC UPDATES 240W External Power Supply

RODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2010, English
MONITOR No Monitor
KEYBOARD Alienware Multi-Media Keyboard
MOUSE Alienware Optical Mouse, MG100

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Old 01-18-2013, 01:27 PM   #2
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Personally I think you might be able to do better. I'm not sure how much all that steam software costs. But I've heard good and bad from alienware. I backed away from their products after bad reviews. I wouldn't rush into buying anything yet do your research and I'll look into the product when I get outta school haha.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:49 PM   #3
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yup, alienware overprices and half their hardware is rather unknown.

Geforce 640 is weak GPU Tier List | FinitPC

240watt PSU is even weaker

i3 is fine, i5 and FX-6300 are better
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:54 PM   #4
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yeah i'll not buy from alienware. it's like Apple. you pay for a shiny logo.
If you are not willing to build it yourself then there are these businesses that build custom systems and sells them.
you are gonna find better builds for the money when it has no brand.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:01 PM   #5
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Ibuypower and cyberpowerpc are both good sites for custom builds. If you have time on your hand building yourself usually let's you get just what you need.
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