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It seems that whenever I sit down in front of a PC to review it I usually find myself mentioning Dell in the first sentence, whichever company has made the PC. See, I've done it again. However, in light of the recent news that Dell has purchased Alienware there is at least justification for doing so.
Many people have speculated why Dell bought Alienware when it has its own line of XPS gaming machines. Most have supposed it's because Dell has no real cache with gamers, as however funky the box looked it still said Dell on the front - which, whatever it has achieved is not cool. Buy Alienware and when it comes to gaming, people know you mean business, or at least think you do.
For me though, the most significant benefit for Dell buying Alienware is that it can now, albeit indirectly, sell AMD based machines. I've looked at a Dell based SLI equipped XPS machine before and the main issue that held it back was that it was based on Intel, which, at least in its current generation, is firmly a second choice behind AMD when it comes to gaming.
So what's special about this PC. Well, definitely the most special thing about this PC is that it costs £3,992.05. Yes, this PC costs almost as much as a brand new small car. Alternatively, you could buy an XBox 360 Premium and 90 games at forty quid a pop. Or you could spend three grand on an an HD screen and still have loads left for an XBox 360 and a heap of games. Let's face it - this is just stupid money for a PC.
You expect it then to be a bit special so the question is - is it?
Well, if you like your PC boxes big, you won't be disappointed - the Alienware box is big. Inside you first find the accessories box, which contains all the extras that come with the motherboard and the graphics cards.
There's also a folder, which will have your name on it and a rather cheesy Top Secret - 'For Your Eyes Only' cover on it, although cheesy is relative when you've got a alien head and blue lights on your PC. The folder contains a back-up CD and a copy of Windows.