Alienware’s Aurora ALX system is quite the beast, and for a $6,929 base price it should be. The obvious factors driving the price way up is it’s Quad NVidia SLI graphics set up along with the AMD FX-60 dual core processor and liquid cooling, including the four GPU’s. Who can do any gaming without four GPU’s?
I should mention that the base price does not include any monitor, integrated 7.1 surround sound and just 1 GB of RAM. 1 GB of RAM? Would anyone willing to spend this much on a rig really not upgrade that to 2 GB (+$120) as an absolute minimum, more likely going with the 4 GB option (+$480)? I could see sticking with the integrated audio, that has come a long way from what it was just a few years ago, and I only mention that it comes with no monitor for you to fairly evaluate the price. On the plus side, this thing has an 850 Watt PS and a Klipsch 5.1 surround sound speaker setup. And if that base price is a bit much for you, you can save $48 by not accepting the automated tech suport option.
Just for fun, I maxed out the system configuration and it comes to a nice little total of $15,395. You do have to realize, though, that the maxed out monitor option is a quad setup of 32″, 8 ms wide LCD monitors. I don’t doubt that the system performs well, but I doubt it’s performance could ever match it’s price. Now if they would only send me a demo system that I could keep to be able to give you some more information on it. Surely Michael Dell could arrange that.
Posted by Jeff