Because I want a computer with a lot of memory for DAW programs, photoshop, music, pictures, anything and everything there is to do creatively on a computer..... basically i want a really good computer that will always run fast. Does anyone have any advice about computers? I really don't want to buy another wal mart computer that I'll have to buy a bunch of memory for...
I might not even need to get an alienware... though they are hot computers I need to find something under 1,000 dollars.
Depends what you truly, want. Since computers are more of your preference and NOT future-proofed. If you're going along the lines of a, "gaming system", like with loads of space for music and video- a self-built is the way to go. But you do have ASUS, but I did read you need something under "1,000": they're not under that amount- checked them out when I was looking to build my own and researched Alienware.
Dells are good. Although I prefer Dells more for coding only kind of cheap systems under it being used. ASUS is good for space and visuals. You can always Google for used ASUS to save money and get more of that 'free-roam'. I suggest: Toshiba and ASUS. Since Dell's laptops are good but they're not long lasting and seem to give you more office than "College-kid-equipment." Then HP is not so good on hardware..which meaning peripherals malfunction because they are easily to get damage. Toshiba is good for laptops I hear.
Alienware has always been more about looks and prestige than value for money... You could get a great laptop now and another great one in a few years/whenever you need to upgrade and both would probably cost less than an Alienware
Asus Laptops have been getting great reviews lately and would probably be my choice as well.
I was thinking of buying one of their laptop cases and getting some hardware by them and a few other companies i.e. "Intel", ATI, "Asus" etc. Then with that install Linux (ofcourse my choice of a distro.) Since Microsoft cost as it is. But that's just me since I am into the coding area. Although if this could contribute to an idea for you then that might help.
Alienware is Dell. The differences are the video card, memory space, and they have faster processors. Alienware is geared towards gaming while Dell is geared towards personal and office use. The less expensive Alienware runs about $900 (unless there is a sale) which isn't that bad if you are in need of the performance. If not, I wouldn't pay for it. You can also customize a Dell or Alienware at dell.com
*The sweet serenity of solitude embraces me*
If you want value for money never go down the laptop route. They're overpriced and have cut down hardware of their desktop equivalents. Laptops have taken off as they're practical and getting cheaper by the month. But if you want the best performance buy a desktop, better yet build your own, it's easy if you can read an instruction booklet and have patience plus you'll save a lot of money. To put it bluntly, screw the motherboard to the case side and everything else clips to the motherboard. Simple...usually
Most websites these days have a thing where they'll automatically link you into other stuff that goes with what you have...
Like when you buy a motherboard it'll link you to either a processor or a bundle to go with it. Or after going to the linked processor it'll show you "RAM suggestions"... basically a "we'll show you what to buy and probably rip you off in the process" guide.
If you're unsure you're probably best off getting a bundle but most people have a friend that builds PC's and they show them how to build and so on...
Although the point has been made many times, Alienwares are overpriced prices of Crap
I built mine, the tower cost me £800ish (thats no monitor, keyboard, mouse etc) for the same Alienware with better* specs it cost £1,200
*the alienware had a 2TB HDD, mine has a 2TB HDD and a 60GB SSD.
As people have said, get a tower, if you NEED a laptop, just look at specs. Im not too sure about the differences in make though, just that some may have more bloatware than others. oh, and try and stay away from Vaios too, they seem to a bit of a rip
Alienware is not worth it anymore. They used to be, but not anymore. They are no where near worth what you pay for them. They may look cool, but you can find the same kind of stuff in a computer for nearly half the cost.
I gave in to all the hype and bought an Area-51 laptop a few years ago. I fuckin' hated that thing. The set up for it was awful. The damn thing would overheat ALL THE TIME. I was seriously disappointed with it. I know that I over paid for it.