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Thread: Well, I did it.
09-29-2013, 02:16 PM #1
Well, I did it.
Yes, yes I did. Something you'd never expect.
I bought an Alienware Aurora R3.
When I opened her up I was surprised to see a decent motherboard cooling system. Heatsinks on the mosfets, north-bridge and south-bridge connected with a copper heatpipe and a fan on the north-bridge heatsink. A small fan is also mounted to the top of the case above the ram, so that gets cooling too. Below the board are four hard drive caddies arranged in a 2x2 configuration with a fan in between which is nice.
Like all Dell machines, everything is compact, so I'll be re-cabling for better airflow. They did compensate for the small space by adding in a fan that blows air across the PCI cards.
When I first booted the machine up, windows loaded, I tried installing steam but received a bsod because of shitty bloatware and shitty antivirus on various methamphetamines. With that, I said fuck it and reformatted. Few hours later, I installed TF2, and began playing it on everything maxed out, and got around 300FPS standing still, and around 150-280FPS playing the game.
The temperatures stay fairly cool, however she does get a bit hot. Which isn't a big deal if you're not going to be going hardcore for a whole day.
The hardware of the machine is pretty decent, the cooling could use a bit more work. Exaust fans on the top, and near the PCI slots would be nice. A low RPM 120mm fan isn't going to pull much air through a radiator and with an i7 underneath. The aesthetics are well designed, I have to say it looks pretty sexy. The lighting effects are a nice touch too.
All in all, I'd have to say Alienware is pretty decent (this particular one was) if you've got the money. So all you're really paying for is the name, and the sexy aesthetics. If you come across an Alienware machine for cheap, pick it up and have some fun.
1TB hard drive
Intel i7 @3.2ghz 8mb cache (all I obtained from bios) w/liquid cooling
9GB Ram. Total of six ram slots, so I could throw about 48 gigs of ram in, if I wanted to.
I don't know how many watts the PSU is, label is on back >2lazy to look. It can drive three cards, so I'm guessing around 850-1000.
Last edited by Feckless.; 09-29-2013 at 02:19 PM.
09-29-2013, 02:18 PM #2
I was looking into one of these because this year I finally can get a new PC, but I think I might just build a PC.
09-29-2013, 02:20 PM #3
09-29-2013, 02:24 PM #4
how much did you pay for this alienware? I know they get pricey from the start.
09-29-2013, 02:26 PM #5
This is a high quality PC, how much did she cost?
09-29-2013, 05:09 PM #6
Cost me 50 bucks. Original owner hadn't a clue how to reformat, and thought the computer was unusable and totally useless, just wanted it gone.
09-29-2013, 05:13 PM #7
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09-29-2013, 05:24 PM #9
Last edited by Feckless.; 09-29-2013 at 05:25 PM.
09-29-2013, 06:34 PM #10
Sick deal man my first first stack would be the gpu
Sent from the depths of my mind.