Well guys I finally saved up my pennies and got an Alienware PC. The sucker has the potential to draw so much power that I had to buy an APC battery backup that could handle a minimum of 1,000 watts!

I have been playing games like Modern Warfare 3 and I haven’t even come close to maximizing what this rig can do. Curiously it is games that are a few years old (like 2007’s "Medal of Honor: Airborne") that draw the most juice from the wall electrical socket. Good thing this PC is liquid-cooled or the internal fans would be going nuts.

I finally settled on a 27-inch monitor that could show off all the graphics power this thing is capable of. I got a pretty good deal on the phone with Dell for a u2711 monitor. It is immersive and makes you feel like you are "in the game". Cool.

I have discovered something of note for anyone buying a system in the near future. If you have the option to choose a pure solid-state drive then go with it – even if that drive size is small compared to what you could get with a standard hard drive with the spinning platters for the same price. This solid state drive is only 250Gb but it doesn’t need time to "spin up" since solid-state drives have no moving parts. Less than 30 seconds after I press the power button on the PC is totally ready to go. Loading times between game levels have also dropped to about 4 seconds. Remarkable.

As I understand it these Alienware PCs are designed to over clock the performance of the different components. This is not a feature that regular Dell’s have. That I believe is why this thing needs so much electrical power: it is overclocking.

The tower is about 1/3 longer than your average PC tower and heavy as well. The tower alone was shipped to me with documentation that said it weighs 62 pounds.

So basically I now have over 100 pounds of new computer stuff to play with during the long, cold winter that lies ahead (and beyond). I don’t intend to use this rig just for gaming but I was sure to get a powerful graphics card that should stand the test of time. The AMD 7950 gave me the best bang for my buck. I did not go the dual graphics card route as it might have had compatibility issues with some games. A single powerful card is enough for me.

Below is a pic of the Alienware PC tower and the specifications of the components within. Believe it or not this tower chassis with its glowing Alienware head and mechanical door in the front (covering the DVD-ROM drive and media card reader) was the no-frills chassis option! I am pleased with my purchase. Now it’s time to get a benchmark game like the latest "Crysis" title or "Lost Planet 2" and see what this sucker can do.

Specs:

PROCESSOR 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3820 (10M Cache, Overclocked up to 4.1 GHz)
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows® 7 Professional, 64Bit, English
MEMORY 16GB (4 X 4GB) Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
VIDEO CARD 3GB DDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 7950
HARD DRIVE 256GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive
MEDIA CARD READER 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
MONITOR Dell u2711
SOUND CARD Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio
WIRELESS & BLUETOOTH 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR USB Combo Adapter
OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
My Software & Accessories
CHASSIS Alienware Aurora
ALIENFX AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue
KEYBOARD Alienware Multi-Media Keyboard
MOUSE Razer USA DeathAdder Optical Gaming Mouse
AUDIO OPTIONS Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia Speaker System
My Accessories
SUPPORT 1 Year Mission Critical Support

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