"I spent the extra money to upgrade my alienware and I'm glad I did!"5.0 starson by oopsisquish
Pros: Fast, Fast, and did I say Fast.
Cons: It does cost a little more than its closes competitor, however its options refect this increase in price.
Summary: The test computer was a base model with base level parts and scored an 8.2 by the editor. By spending a little more money you can increase every aspect of the Area-51's proformance.
1. Replace the single 80 GB, 5400 rpm hard drive with 2 - 120 GB, 7200 rpm hard drives.
2. Replace the 1 GB (2x 512MB), and use 2 GB (2x 1GB) min.
3. Choose the higher resolution screen 1920x1200 to make the graphics pop out clearer and brighter.
4. If you still have any money left the Geforce go 7950GTX 512MB in SLI mode will burn through any game without dropping frames and without creating excessive heat for a desktop replacement.
Dell may cost less but there is no Dual graphics. HP may have the graphics but not the hard drive options. And yes the alien head may be dated but what would an Alienware computer be without an alien somewere.