azdarkknight wrote:Yes, we get it, you dont like AW...
This is def a step up from the normal HP stuff you get on here but ofc so is the price. Its good if you want an Alienware but your budget is a bit tight (and better than the X51 for upgrading). the deal would be better from woot than from Dell, just becuase there would be $100 of tax added on by Dell for me in AZ (until amazon starts charging in a month that is).
Yes, you can build it cheaper, if you want to, most people forget the windows 8 lic. when comparing prices too ofc.
Bottom line, decent rig, not top of the line, but not shabby either.
Sorry to burst your bubble, it isn't a decent rig. It would be an alright rig for around $600 with limited intent to actually game, but that's about it. The innards are already outdated and underpowered, all shoveled into a gaudy case marketed to Best Buy patrons, or rather, low information consumers.
If you part it out, each bit of hardware is already either out of date or meant for low-end machines and users. That applies to all of the crucial components I mentioned in my first post, and likely the mobo though it doesn't list the specs. IIRC AW uses Asus, but while Asus is a good brand, it's still likely one of their budget boards. The closed loop watercooler is junk since it's pretty much watercooling in name only. Those coolers are no better than decent aftermarket aircoolers (my Noctua D14 keeps comparable temps to a Corsair H100.) Again, all of these parts are marketed to people who don't know what they're buying. They see a fancy case and like iSheep, croon at the label.
Bottom line, if you want to get this to max out Oblivion because Skyrim is too trendy, go right ahead. For any other purpose this is a complete waste of a Grover.
So yeah, if you think this is actually a decent buy, or even better than a 'famous maker', then I happen to have a few cheesy plastic bridges to sell you.