actually, shipping isn't free because you live in canada. it cost me about 300 more to get mine sent here. don't forget to factor in the pst and gst when you look at the price...they'll also do that for you if you call. as for your question about it being worth the price. i sure think so, that's why i bought a 7700. more importantly, if you go with a dell xps with a 256mb card and a similar configuration as the alienware, you're only saving about $200. however, you're losing the beautiful screen, the pci-e, dual drive bays, and everything that makes alienware better than dell...the fact that it's alienware. oh...one bad thing...i was told that next day on-site support is not offered to canadians because we're international customers...so you might want to opt out of that option when ordering.
i know i cant compare XPS and Mj-12m 7700 together, Of course AW is better , but take a look at this:
new Dell deal which is on now till Thursday--> Dell XPS: Intel Pentium 4 Processor 3.4Ghz w/HT Tech, 1024mb L2 cache, 15.4" WUXGA+, 1GB DDR 400mhz System Memory, 256MB DDR ATI's MOBILITY RADEON 9800 AGP, 60GB Ultra ATA 7200rpm Hard Drive, 4X DVD+RW/+R
1 Yr Limited Warranty plus 1 Yr Return-to-Depot Service 24x7 Phone Support ,
FREE Dell 1450 Dual Band Internal Wireless Solution (802.11a/b/g),
cost: C$3400.00 (with shipping and taxes)
Alien ware: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 550 w/ HT Technology 3.4GHz 1MB Cache ,
1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 533MHz - 2 x 512MB ,
Alienware® MJ12m 7700 NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Go with 256MB of DDR2 memory ,
40GB 7200 RPM ATA100 - Hitachi ,
24x10x24 CD-RW / 8X DVD Combo w/Software MPEG2 Decoder ,
1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Onsite Service
cost: C$4,100.00. (with shipping and taxes)
-- so guys, take a look here, tell me which one is better???
is it important that you buy now? dell doesn't seem to have their crazy coupons out....you may be able to take off 25-30% off in the near future....saving close to a grand, if not more. at this point, if money was no factor, i would chose AW, bt be prepared to wait for a long time with that video card selected
no,, i dont have to get it now,, but at least till the end of january.
ANd u know i'd love to buy the AW,, but there are some financial problems that wont let me buy it.
So, how can i get the coupons?? i heard that people get 25% off for their computers with the coupons,, but they wont say how do they get it!!,,,
ooh,, by the way,, did u mean the graphic card of AW is good or the graphic card of DELL??
oh,, by the way,, does anyone what pieces of AW and DELL are upgradable??
the graphics card in the alienware 7700 is far better than the one in the dell xps, even the 256mb one that the xps is now using. as for the cupons, if you want to save money on a dell laptop, just check their site often and see what kinds of specials are going on. but the dell xps is far lower than the aw 7700 in terms of specs and longevity. i built up a xps unit that would be moderately comparable to the aw one that i ordered, and i was only going to save about $200 if i were to go with the dell. however, i would probably need to do upgrades within a year or so, and i would also have to look at that ugly thing whenever i used my laptop. in short...just get the alienware one.