Originally Posted by pdonket
Understandable, some people want Alienware, some people don't. However from the ratings they get on sites such as resellerratings...I'm thinking it's case design that pulls people in. The only reason I bought an Alienware the first time around was because they are pretty and hyped to be the best gaming PC's around. I just find that they do cost quite a bit and when you can get it from another place for cheaper...awesome. But of course I'd rather invest the extra $500 somewhere else in my hobbies rather than paying someone extra money for EXACTLY the same component put in by another person, with a larger name.
Of course the person can buy and ALX if they want, it's just never a suggestion that would come out of my mouth. I don't care which company, buying top line components is a waste of money. Despite being hypocritical (probably) I think saving the extra $3000 and contributing it to others would be much better than buying things that will run a whole 2% better than the next component in line. I obviously wouldn't know since I don't have close to enough money to pour into a system at this point...it's just sometimes I think if everyone would give a little bit (or a lot) back to the community, it could let others be happy instead of us always having the best and others not having anything.
Just my .02
Honestly, your Reseller Ratings comment doesn't fly here. RR is great for smaller companies, but with very few exceptions gives a distorted picture of larger ones, especially computer vendors. If, for instance, Dell was anywhere near as bad as their RR profile said they were, then they'd be out of business by now.
Also, the advantages in buying top-of-the-line components can be as much as 10-25% better performance over their next lower products, so for those who have the money, it can be seen as "worth it" to have a system that will smoke yours, even if they had to spend 2-3 times the money on it.
And your comment about giving back to the community sounds nice, but it seems like you're using it as a cheap trick to prove your point. If, for instance, you have a disposable income of $2000 and you build a computer for $1800, are you giving more back to the community than the guy who has a disposable income of $10,000, gives $5000 to the local food shelter and builds a $5000 computer with the rest? You can very well argue that he could have built his system for less, but you could have also built your system for less, so the argument goes nowhere.