$2,200 Buys You a Serenade from Dell's New Alienware Aurora Gaming System

Paul Lilly

The marketing mavens at Dell are singing praise about the OEM's new Alienware Aurora system, which they describe as "a serenade to raw gaming power." The rebuilt Aurora debuts on Dell today starting at $2,199 and is supposed to be "without a doubt, the most advanced Alienware desktop to date," and not just because it's sitting pretty on a Sandy Bridge-E foundation.

Let's start with the specs. The Alienware Aurora is a micro-ATX system housed in a familiar and funky Alienware chassis. A base configuration includes an Intel Core i7 3930K six-core processor overclocked up to 3.9GHz, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, AMD Radeon HD 6870 graphics card, 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), 24X DVD burner, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and the usual assortment of I/O ports, including USB 3.0.

In addition to an updated chipset (the previous Aurora was built around Intel's P67 Express platform; the updated one is built around X79), the new Aurora sports a slightly modified ALX chassis with active vents along the top; enhanced AlienFX with more programming zones; tool-less, cable-free, slide-in hard drive caddies; and AC power independent internal theater lighting.

Probe the new Alienware Aurora here .

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