I've given this thread/subject alot of thought. And it does make perfect sense. AW is already offering PCI-E on their PCs.
I do feel that AW could be cutting the process a little short. To me, it makes more sense to go from the 9700 to 9800.
However, it it worth the gain making up another new card(9800)?
Why not just make up a new MB and card? X series. This in turn does screw over people, like myself. That bought into their upgradable graphics.
Yes again! They have opened the door for a law suit of epec proportions.
I find this statement on AW site to be very untrue;
Take it from a company built by gamers, we have the expertise to help you configure an awesome Gaming PC that will elevate your gaming experience.
Sometimes, the game reviews are great and the screen shots look awesome, but when you rush home from the store and fire it up…you’re a bit disappointed. You try to tweak the game settings, but have to make some disappointing compromises to get the game to run correctly. Chunky and slow or low-res and lifeless, it’s a choice you shouldn’t have to make. And you won’t anymore, now that you have found Alienware!
Our Gaming PC’s feature cutting-edge technology and are optimized for performance and designed to deliver ultra-smooth gameplay at maximum resolutions. Finally, you can take advantage of the latest game technology; the colors, pixel shaders, shadow detail, and filters which bring game worlds to life!
I have found some dissapointing compromises with my new system. And I have a good one! I have treaked and tweaked on this system in order to get 03 scores in the 3700 point range. However, it still cannot play Farcry on high/very high settings.
From the day I first ordered my system, 6 weeks ago to the day I received it, I have found AW to be lacking in many areas that would make any other company fold.