Dell has just added a new Alienware desktop to their impressive line-up of gaming rigs, this is the Alienware Aurora and they describe this as the most advanced Alienware desktop yet, however as you would expect there are lots of pricing options available to you.
The cheapest Alienware Aurora build will cost you $2,199.00, this gets you the Intel Core i7-3930K processor (6 cores overclocked up to 3.9Ghz), 8GB Quad Channel DDR3 1600MHz RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6870 graphics with 1GB GDDR5, a 1TB SATA 6Gb/s HDD and no monitor. However there are lots of options available to you if you have extra money to spend – in fact you could easily spend over $6,000 if you chose the top-end processor, video card, RAM and storage solutions. No-matter what option you choose there will be 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 6 x USB 2.0 ports, an 875 Watt Alienware approved PSU and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (or better) operating system.
The top-end processor option available is the Intel Core i7-3960X, this ‘Six Core Extreme’ processor boasts a 15MB cache and has cores which have been factory overclocked to up to 4.2Ghz. In terms of graphics the best option is to buy dual AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 graphics cards which utilize AMD CrossFireX technology, but as you would expect these won’t come cheaply.
Something pretty unique about this new gaming rig is the special effects wizard, this allows you to customize lighting zones on all sides of the chassis and create programmable effects. Also something which the Alienware team has taken into consideration is noise, there will be thermal controls which allow you to control fan speed etc, one option allows you to open the gill-like vents which are situated on top of the case (see below).
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