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SKYMTL April 9, 2010 10:56 AM

Their PSUs are typically manufactured by Delta but as far as I have seen, their motherboards are custom Dell affairs, memory is usually Corsair-branded and graphics cards are usually OEM direct from ATI or NV.

Keltron 3030 April 9, 2010 04:25 PM

Most of the time with big name manufacturer's, your paying for advertisement, and Alien[Dell]ware are no exception. You honestly are better off building a system on your own.

Killswitch April 9, 2010 07:05 PM

I tried talking him into building a system (which I would actually be doing if he decided to do so haha). I priced everything out and the final price difference isn't really that much considering the support and warranty Dell offers. I used to be a Dell on-site service tech and the lengths they go through to ensure the customer has a solid system is wild. They'll send parts out the ying-yang until every issue is completely resolved! He's been dealing with them for years so I don't blame him one bit for continuing to do so. They've treated him well. Dual 5970's and a watercooled i7 975 are parts they'll replace at the drop of a hat if need be! I've seen them deliever a whole new COMPLETE system when he requested them to do so. Keep in mind here that Slik is a retired older gentlemen who knows his shit but he's not exactly a hands on type of guy when it comes to gaming rigs....... he might be able to find his way around in a computer case but he can't lift and move around a monster machine such as the 720, 730X, and now this Area 51 he has coming lol...... and since I can't always be there to help him out, this is for sure his best route!

SKYMTL April 9, 2010 07:07 PM

I totally agree actually. For the price, the standard, non-ALX systems are fairly good values considering the warranty, etc.

Soultribunal April 9, 2010 07:28 PM

In a sense I do agree Killswitch.

However I can tailor make anything I want to where as most of these systems do have a finite limit of parts you can choose from (may have changed since I purchased the last 'hell' for the wife).
And there is nothing more satisfying than flipping the switch for the first time on a custom build.

For many people this is a good route, and I will not argue that.

In my case, and the case of many there is a better route in choose cases We like to see, and parts that We want inside etc etc.


rapmaster April 9, 2010 07:31 PM

So what is difference between Aurora and Area 51, for almost the same configuration, the difference in pricing is a few hundreds.

SKYMTL April 9, 2010 07:39 PM


Slik April 10, 2010 07:54 AM


Originally Posted by SKYMTL (Post 361342)

Depending on what you plan on upgrading,the chassis becomes very important when comparing the Aurora and Area 51. It's when you compare ALX models that you must pay attention.

Helix April 28, 2010 09:17 PM

And a direct byproduct of chassis size is that the Aurora is mATX, while the Area 51 is regular ATX. Much easier to upgrade.

Digikid April 29, 2010 01:41 PM

That is one ugly chassis IMHO. LOL!!!!!!

I think that i perferred the Alien looking case from the early 2000's instead.

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