AW is fine. Cool gaming company, definetly awesome cases, would love to have one someday if the XPS line gets shut down. The NUMBER ONE, undisputable arguement agaisnt paying TOP dollar for maxed out boutique computers is the fact that they are OUTDATED in 2 months time, MAX. I've said this once and I'll say it again, if video cards and processors came out every year or year and a half, spending $6000 on a FAST system might be justified. But I've seen people blow 8 GRAND on watercooled systems from any of the small gaming companies, and a year later they are selling the parts.
THIS is where Dell wins. They built the XPS line, with all their money and power, put every option they want in it, and sell it at 25-40% off retail and ship it free. The attraction isnt the gray case, the "dell" brand video card (if they even still do that), or anything else that gets made fun of.
The fact is its CHEAP, and they give you a crazy warranty with overnight service for like $10 dollars. AND HERES the kicker...the BIG KICKER..when I ran 3DMARK05 on my XPS gen 3 when I first got it almost 2 years ago..it ROCKED MANY of these 6000 dollar systems. I even got yelled at, and got negative rep because I POSTED MY SCORE and people got upset?
I never had anything against any small company. as a matter of fact, I LOVE those AW cases, and Voodoo watercooled monsters...I configure them all the time on their sites. But when it comes to cash, Dell delivers, and thats my point, and always will be. Nothing personal.
One day I'm gonna splurge and go for the AW case in yellow with blue alien ice...but not until I see a coupon code! call me cheap...cause I am, LOL