Is it worth it, Final Thoughts
Breaking things down a bit, let’s find out if it is. I will try to find the closest matching components.
- Video Cards
3 x MSI Geforce GTX980 Gaming 4G’s (closest to the speeds I could find) $1,984.47
- Liquid Cooling
- Power Supply
1500Watt PSU $399.05
256GB Samsung SSD $139.00
- Mechanical Hard Drive
Western Digital 4TB Green Drive $179.99
- Optical Drive
Slot loading BD/DVD-RW/CD-RW $59.99
- Operating System
Windows 10 Home 119.00
- Motherboard with KillerNIC
ASRock X99X KILLER LGA2011-v3 $312.65
- Media Reader
- Case Lighting
Satechi RGB LED Light Strip $29.99
Now, I went as cheap as I could build the system up with similar parts and came up to $4,084.1. Alienware’s price for this exact setup is $4,499.99 and this build, $4,084.1, so building it on your own you would save $415.89, though surely you would use higher quality parts than I chose but the better the quality part you chose the higher the price tag goes, you could easily spend more than what you saved with this system. Not to mention, if you buy the parts individually, you have to pay shipping for each part.
Alienware has always been known to charge through the roof for their builds, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with this machine. Aside from the actual parts, factor in the electricity spent with the tools to build the machine (screw drivers and such) then to integrate it (Install Windows, Drivers and configure, even if it is automatically deployed) and the people you have to pay to build it and the 1-year Onsite and remote diagnosis included with the machine (you can pay additional for warranties up to 4 years) and phone support. You build it on your own and you have to deal with the individual part warranties, shipping costs, electrical costs, time and potential frustration. The frustration coming from trying to figure things out on your own or having to ask you supposed tech friend that seems to not know what the problem is aside from saying “It sounds like a virus” or “Why did you buy this, this is horrible let me sell you something better” or maybe joining some forums or facebook groups where no one knows anything, but swears they do and talk down to you.
I get great satisfaction from building PC and even selling PC’s but I have been in the business for years, in VERY similar companies such as Alienware and you hear many different stories from people when buying PC’s. “You know, I know how to build computers, but I just don’t have the time” or “I don’t have any idea, can you help me buy the right one for my needs, I would use it for <Insert needs here>” the most common “My crappy <Insert Manufacturer here> PC finally died, I need a new one” and finally “I just want someone there when something happens”.
You know, when I started this review, I was sure I was going to bust this PC, either being too expensive for what you get, cheap looking and feeling case, bad build quality but honestly, I got nothing but an amazing machine. Hate me if you will, but I have to give this machine a 5 out of 5 Stars, Editors Choice for just blowing me away with just how good it is and for what you get, just how affordable it is.
If you had the stigma that Alienware charged too much for what you get, times have changed my friend.
If you want to configure one all on your own, check it out on Alienware’s site: http://www.alienware.com/Landings/desktops.aspx