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Is an Alienware worth it?
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Alienware are VERY VERY overpriced garbage. You can usually save $1000-$1500 on the same computer if you buy a different brand. You can save even more if you build your own.
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If you can get a discount, I say yes.
A family friend gets discounts on Alienware through work and I got a high end PC a few years ago for like $800. Otherwise, it's a pretty marked up brand.
I use Alienware & they are good PC's (plus you get a decent warranty), but you can get a lot more in terms of performance, value for money etc elsewhere.
2Dhas_a_MIGRANE posted...If desktop, build it yourself. Post a budget and we can help.
I don't know, I've been using a laptop to 3D model for a while now.
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Slow down, buddy! Just because people can read it doesn't mean it isn't crap!
No it's not, not in the least.
I built the computer in my sig for just over $700.
The Alienware equivalent (with 16 gigs of Ram instead of my 8) is over $1200. And that's with my GPU. To give you an idea, my GPU can JUST barely max out games at ultra. It'll run anything on ultra, but a lot of newer games run below 60 FPS (in the 40-50 FPS range) at ultra, and will keep 60 FPS at high settings.
For $1200, you should be able to COMPLETELY max out everything at 60 FPS 1080p, and 60 FPS 2K (1440p) at high settings. A $1200 rig is like 290x or 780 Ti range, which are very high end GPUs.
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Alienware is overpriced. They are marked up because of brand recognition. There are half a dozen companies online that build custom machines you can get one cheaper from. As to building it yourself, not as cheap as most PC enthusiasts claim it is. If you only want the bare minimum capable of doing your 3d editing and gaming then it is cheaper to self-build. If you want a high end machine that can max out all games then you should either go to one of those custom build sites or wait the countless months it'd take to find your desired parts on sale. Without a sale, even at the cheapest discount stores, those parts totaled come out to more than a custom build pc with the same parts on some of those sites.
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No way, they are hundreds of bucks overpriced. Build it yourself and you will save a lot of cash.
Hoi TC, you might want to look into Origin PC for gaming laptops. Could not be your cup of tea, but it's an alternative. Might be worth checking out.
Btw guys, I think all the TC wants is brands to make a decision himself. It's good that you bring up desktops as well but, throw the poor guy a bone xD. If the answer he wanted was "Look into it elsewhere" he wouldn't had made a topic. He needs help.
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Laptops are fine for modeling, it's compiling/rendering with good lighting that's a problem as it's extremely cpu-intensive.
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