Alienware Wants to Abduct Your Console, Will Pay $200 with PC Purchase

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ApathyCurve

Or you could just, you know, build a computer that doesn't suck. For half the money. And keep your console.

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legionera

Everyone is saying that, but big part of the regular human beings can't make any sense out of GTX or 4th gen Atom.

So, many can fit the damn things in the slots in a box. The problem is choosing the right parts.

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PCLinuxguy

Agreed. This is geared toward the tech inept, and makes a compelling idea to those with older consoles that wouldn't mind a gaming PC but don't have the abilities to make it happen. And the x51 box is not too bad, especially for the price.

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kixofmyg0t

Wait a minute....you're telling me that this is targeted towards people game on consoles which cost $300-400, who are tech inept and can't tell the difference anyway by pitching a $700 machine to them?

I'll tell you what they see.

"Hmm, this *insert console* plays games, and it's $400. All my friends are getting it too. But this other thing plays games starts at $700 and I have to trade in my console? But what about all the games I have for it?"

Yup. Brilliant idea.

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PCLinuxguy

It's funny you mention game libraries. Consoles don't seem to support backwards compatibility anymore that I am aware of, and if I've got 30+ games and the new console doesn't support them, then that's $180+ worth of content (assuming brand new titles at $60 each) that I'm out of not including the cost of the previous and new next gen console and the cost of new games to fix the problem.

As far as cost goes, an initial gaming rig is pricey. However most PC gamers don't build a brand new $1K+ rig each year. If anything they spend about ~$300 on a new GPU depending on if they upgrade it.. So really the "costs" are the roughly same without the games in the equation.

And yes, those that are not comfortable building their own will often buy, and a $700 rig that can perform similarly or better than a console for very little more money is a good way to enter into the PC gaming field; and there are also hundreds of free games or extremely inexpensive games out there to get one's fet wet on the new plaform.

However I find it asinine to proclaim a cheap box that has to be thrown away every few years when the new one comes out just to play a game better, when the pc platform has much higher longevity for being able to play titles along with a much broader and more flexible use. Not only that but alot of console games are already ported to the PC, or are in the works.

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Blues22475

Well obviously you wouldn't jump to a PC if your friends aren't playing on that. If you're using your console for the social aspect this makes no sense.

This is more targeted towards folks who want to get their feet wet in PC gaming and don't wanna try to bother with particulars (and yet they don't care for their console anymore like in my case).

Even still, there are alternative vendors who will sell you gaming-class PC's. I don't trust Alienware myself.

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PCLinuxguy

you phrased it better than I did at the time.

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HouseFoxx

Let's just hope the Alienware doesn't come as DOA as it usually does, lol

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Rift2

So could I buy a used Nintendo Wii off ebay for 5.00 (that is broken) and get 200.00 for it?

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CaptainFabulous

Yeah, we all know how these post-sale reimbursements go. You buy the machine, spend money to ship in your console, they tell you they're going to give you less than half of what was advertised, and your options are to accept it and get screwed or not accept it and have to pay for them to ship it back to you, i.e., get screwed.

Thanks, but no thanks.

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Renegade Knight

200 doesn't even dent the Alienware Tax.

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vrmlbasic

Looks like no one wants my 360 lol. Why Microsoft even _made_ a 20 GB HDD remains a mystery.

What happens if you ship them your console and it fails Alienware's inspection? BTW, if they're abducting our consoles, shouldn't we get them back?

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yammerpickle2

Most people on this forum can build a better system for less. Also not so sure I want somebody to have my bank information. Instead they could send you a prepaid credit card.

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vrmlbasic

I don't want any sort of bank account transfer either. I don't care for prepaid cards but that is a MUCH better alternative.

What will Alienware do with all the consoles that it collects?

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PCLinuxguy

maybe put them on ebay under fake names to sell them for whatever they can get.

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kixofmyg0t

No thanks. The vast majority of games I have on PS3 aren't available on PC anyway.

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jason2393

Until Polyphony ports Gran Turismo to the PC (likely never going to happen), I'll be holding on to my PS3 (and PS1, and PS2, and probably PS4 when that comes out).

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legionera

Is anyone actually buying Alienware for other than the name and cool designs? All I read is negative comments about how overpriced they are and that they have old guts. So, is it really worth it?

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PCLinuxguy

the X51 is the only halfway decent one due to the under $800 cost for what you get. Though mainly you're just paying for the name and the novelties they have. (perfect example is the louvers that open up on top when the fans rev up)

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Engelsstaub

It would be if the name and cool design translated to any resale value. I learned the hard way that it doesn't really. (I had an m15x laptop that was soon after discontinued. It was neat and all but had some serious latency issues. Judging by the threads devoted to that it wasn't just mine either.)

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Pulagatha

I wasn't really a fan of Alienware, but the SFF X51 came out the exact time I was looking for one. It was a little more than a grand. Core I7, 8GB of Ram, GTX555, Terabyte hard drive. I got it about a year and a half ago before the Ivy Bridge processors were out. I threw a bunch of games at it and tried to max everything out and it never gave me any problems. It's as quiet as a mouse. This thing could be the new standard desktop computer. Everyone complains about it not having an internal power supply, but I think Intel has to keep the power usage within a certain range anyway. Some people are more enthusiastic than I am about it and have tried to max out what they can do with the power supply by installing the latest high end graphics cards. They've been more successful than I thought.