Which Alienware rig ?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Centre Parting, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. A customer's got about UKP 4,000 to spend on a performance rig for gaming
    and general use.

    He has no preference for desktop or laptop, but has expressed an interest in
    Alienware PC's.

    Are SSD's a poor-value cost option that'll limit the spec of the rest of the
    rig ?
     
    Centre Parting, Jun 19, 2009
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  2. Centre Parting

    sandy58 Guest

    On Jun 19, 1:41 pm, "Centre Parting" <>
    wrote:
    > A customer's got about UKP 4,000 to spend on a performance rig for gaming
    > and general use.
    >
    > He has no preference for desktop or laptop, but has expressed an interest in
    > Alienware PC's.
    >
    > Are SSD's a poor-value cost option that'll limit the spec of the rest of the
    > rig ?


    What kinda "rig" is it he wants? He won't get much of an oil "rig" for
    that cash nor a multi-axle road "rig".
     
    sandy58, Jun 19, 2009
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  3. Joe Blogger wrote:
    > Centre Parting wrote:
    >> A customer's got about UKP 4,000 to spend on a performance rig for
    >> gaming and general use.
    >>
    >> He has no preference for desktop or laptop, but has expressed an
    >> interest in Alienware PC's.
    >>
    >> Are SSD's a poor-value cost option that'll limit the spec of the
    >> rest of the rig ?
    >>
    >>

    > SSDs offer much better random read performance than HDDs, sequential
    > reads are generally the same if not a bit faster than HDDs. Random
    > writes are mostly a bit slower than HDDs, sequential writes are a big
    > chunk slower than HDDs.
    >
    > The result of this is that SSDs perform a bit quicker and make using
    > an operating system much snappier. In the customer's case, SSDs
    > usually improve games loading times a fair bit (a mix of random and
    > sequential reads).
    >
    > As for the high cost of SSDs limiting performance elsewhere: 4 grand
    > is a lot for a PC and should be able to get top spec performance.
    > However Alienware PCs are usually poor value for money for the
    > performance offered, for desktops at least, you can get a better
    > machine for cheaper by building it yourself or ordering from someone
    > less well known.
    > Laptop or desktop? Well, that's his/her decision.


    Thanks for that, JB.
     
    Centre Parting, Jun 20, 2009
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