The subject of Alienware is a touchy and controversial one in the world of PC gaming; many people claim their PC prices are too expensive for the hardware they put inside their custom-build desktops and laptops alike, while others believe it’s just fine.
Some people even believe there are too many rabid Alienware fanboys / fangirls out there both in public and on the internet with the mindset that nothing else is better than Alienware, and that they verbally abuse anybody who disagrees with them…
Whatever your stance on Alienware is, there is no doubt that they are one of the most popular pre-built gaming computer companies on the planet, and many people flock to them if they’re looking for a fast way to get a powerful gaming computer, be it a desktop or a laptop.
What is Alienware?
If you aren’t in the loop of PC gaming or who Alienware are, then please allow me to bring you up to date on them.
Alienware are a company (founded in 1996 by two X-Files fanboys, which is how the company got its name Alienware) which specializes in building gaming PCs with the latest hardware and selling them to the public; they are a subsidiary to Dell since 2006 when they purchased the then small and independent Alien-themed company, believe it or not, and there’s no doubt you’ve heard of Dell before… 😉
They have all sorts of gaming computers with different levels of power in their hardware for you to browse and purchase from them, ranging from low-end powered PCs, to mid-range and finally, to “top of the line” high-end PCs.
With each of their computers, you will be able to choose what hardware you want inside the machine; you can ultimately decide if you want your next laptop or desktop to have the most powerful graphics card on the market, or if you want to save a bit of money and only have a mid-end powered machine.
So, that’s what Alienware as a company are… how about their the cost of their machines?
What Are Their Prices?
Generally, the cheapest of their machines have the weakest hardware, and the most expensive of their machines have the most powerful hardware in the current time (it doesn’t take long at all for computer hardware to get better and more powerful…).
For example, their cheapest Aurora desktop costs around £750, but houses weak hardware such as an Intel i3 and an AMD Radeon RX 560… If you wanted to play your games in high quality with super sleek performance, you unfortunately won’t get that in most games with this hardware…
If you want to go all out on money and seek the most expensive machine they have in their store, their 17 inch Alienware laptop costs about £2,500, but it has an Intel i9 and an overclocked NVIDIA GTX 1070 graphics card; this is insane hardware packed inside a small and portable space and totally capable of running games in 4k at 60 frames per second.
Of course, you would have to be really rich in order to afford that kind of machine, but it’s there and available to you if you absolutely want it and you wish to run your games in crisp clear quality and high speed performance…
But let’s stop gushing over Alienware for a little bit and ask a very important question… would it be cheaper if you just built your own PC? Are Alienware just simply overcharging you for the hardware?
Is It Cheaper to Build Your Own PC?
Many people argue that building your own gaming PC is far cheaper than buying a pre-built PC, no matter what components may be inside it, and I for one certainly agree with them.
Individuals and companies generally overprice pre-built computers to make a profit from it; you may find this out when you count up all the components used together with their base price and find out that the final price of all the components together is much cheaper than what the pre-build was priced at.
If you are the type of person who wants to save money when getting into PC gaming, or just wanted to get another gaming PC, it would be better if you built your gaming computer yourself as there won’t be anything overpriced and all the components and software will be at their base price.
If, on the other hand, you don’t mind too much about spending extra money on a gaming PC and don’t want the hassle of building it yourself, it’s perfectly fine if you want to get buy a pre-built one, such as an Alienware machine.
So, is it cheaper to build your own PC compared to buying an Alienware PC? Well, yes, but not only does it depend on what components you get, but it also can depend on if you get extra stuff as well such as more RAM or an extra fan or two for your new and polished PC case.
If you’re worried about finding out what components to get, or which ones are compatible with others without causing any bottlenecking (when one component holds back another’s full potential), then please don’t worry; there are many websites out there which allow you to rack up a few compatible components to find out how much they are in total, such as PC Part Picker.
So, Is Alienware Worth Looking Into, and Are Their Computers Good Enough for Gaming?
So, we’ve learned about what Alienware are and what their prices are for both their cheapest and most expensive machines, but are they worth it, and should you get one of their machines for gaming?
While they may be overpricing their computers for the hardware they have inside them, they are, in my opinion, one of the best companies to go for if you want a gaming PC quickly and easily and don’t want to experience the hassle of building it up yourself and risk damaging the components in the process.
Now is a more perfect time than ever to get into PC gaming, and while building a PC is the cheapest option out there, it isn’t the easiest, and I wouldn’t recommend you doing it if you’re a beginner who simply wants to get straight into the world of PC gaming to find out what all the buzz is about.
So yes, I believe Alienware is a company that is absolutely worth your attention, especially if you want a quick and easy gaming PC to test the waters of PC gaming, or to make the switch from consoles to PC due to particular reasons.
Alienware are an excellent organization to go to if you want either a desktop or a laptop to play video games on at high quality and performance, but don’t want to face the hassle of building it yourself and risk damaging the expensive components while you do so.
Although their prices are pretty high, and certainly no where near friendly for budget-oriented people, it will be worth it in the long run as PC games have more frequent discounts than console games; plus, they are generally cheaper too, and your computer won’t go out of fashion in a couple years after being made, either…
I hope I have shed some light for you on Alienware with this post, and I want to thank you personally for taking the time to read this. 😉
If you have any questions, please don’t be afraid of using the comment section down below.
Jamie – the PC Gaming Nerd