Back in the day, Alienware had something of a reputation – at least when it comes to the casual user – of being “the powerful computer.” They were definitely powerful, that much I cannot deny. But at the same time, a lot of the reputation of being the powerful computer on the market simply had to do with one thing: the particularly high price, especially in comparison to other computers on the market. Eventually, people started to become aware that Alienware computers were not the “end all be all” of gaming computers. They have developed a bit of a reputation for being not as good as the price might imply. They are still thought of in a somewhat positive sense, but getting a powerful gaming computer from other brands or even having your own gaming computer built has become a lot more reasonable to do, so Alienware does not exactly have a monopoly on this industry anymore. With the Alienware AWAUR6-7482SLV-PUS Aurora R6 Tower Desktop, does the reputation stick, or does it buck it and prove that the high price is all too justified?
Just to get it out of the way, and to be perfectly candid, the Alienware AWAUR6-7482SLV-PUS Aurora R6 Tower Desktop is pretty darned solid. So say that if I got this computer for free, I would be mighty pleased. So at the end of the day, whatever problem I may have with the computer, it is still at least a quality product. If you are looking to buy a computer for the purposes of playing high-end video games, this will definitely serve that purpose. A game like Rise of the Tomb Raider for example asks a lot of a gamer’s computer, and the Alienware AWAUR6-7482SLV-PUS Aurora R6 Tower Desktop does a pretty solid job of ensuring that it runs at a reliable framerate, even while you have it set on high settings. This is not going to necessarily be true for all video games given that some video games can have some pretty wonky and arbitrary technical issues. But in general, any problems that it may have are problems you would expect on any PC, not just Alienware PCs. Also, do not be surprised that as time begins to pass, you find that more recent games begin to be harder and harder to run well at top settings. The tech is only getting more complex and attractive these days after all.
In addition to becoming more and more powerful as the tech gets better, games also seem to be getting a lot bigger than they used to be. In turn, people are in need of hard drives with better storage. The Alienware AWAUR6-7482SLV-PUS Aurora R6 Tower Desktop comes with a 1 TB hard drive, ensuring that even the biggest files you download on Steam will be manageable. And as someone who enjoys themselves a good game of Dota, I know all too well that this game likes to throw update after update at its players, constantly adding more size to the overall file. The computer is on average a better bang for your buck than I have found some Alienware PCs to be. However, that does not necessarily mean that I think it is worth the price they are asking people to pay.
The Alienware AWAUR6-7482SLV-PUS Aurora R6 Tower Desktop retails at over $1000, and while it’s not the worst thing you can spend your money on, that does not necessarily mean that I would strongly recommend people go for this computer. It slaos has some aspects that are not exactly what you would expect from a computer that costs more than 1000 dollars. For one, the power supply that the computer includes is 460w, when some people may find an 800w power supply a lot more desirable for their needs. For another, the computer uses air cooling instead of liquid cooling, a far more efficient form of cooling given that water transfers heat far more efficiently (and far more quietly) than air. It is also not as customizable as I like. The customization options are not nill, but they could be way better than they are. While it may not be worth the hassle for some – especially considering that you would have no warranty – building a PC could be a more viable alternative. You can usually get a pretty comparable quality of computer while spending considerably less than this. Though if you do end up going that route, make sure that you spend at least $700. In my opinion, the value proposition isn’t there until after $700.