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Area 51 R2 - Slickdeal and my 2 cents with PICS

Discussion in 'Alienware Desktops' started by faiz23, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. faiz23

    faiz23 Macbook FTW

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    Picked up a BEAST for a slickdeal. Paid for just the two video cards and CPU. Got the rest for free from the outlet.

    http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/13109237?

    I recently purchased in the last 2 week an Alienware Area 51 r2 and this thing is a BEAST. The issue is here and there Alienware will give people the shaft. The motherboard is very poor quality and ram compatibility is HORRIBLE. CPU cooler is a JOKE. They skipped out on the third fan and instead offer it as part you can buy. Installing the part leads to headaches due to fan headers. The alignments of the panels is not flush and has too much play. I bought mine from the outlet and it should have been labeled scratch/dent but was instead labeled certified refurbished. I got Alienware to replace one really bad panel and had to accept the other 2 panels. The hard drive was labeled as 6k rpm but in reality was 5.4k. Another example of how the customer gets shafted because Alienware is just thinking about their pockets and not your experience. Same thing when they get rid of hats, mouse pads, better packaging, leather bounded manuals and other accessories. Now you just get a mediocre machine with a label on it like BEATS. Seriously just like buying BEATS audio and thinking you have the cream of the crop.

    You have to be careful and make sure Dell does not try to pull a fast one on you. I know what I got and how much I paid for it. I spoke to some of the OG members and they agree I got an awesome price and paid parts value for only 3 components (CPU/GPU-sli) and got the rest for free. I am still trying to decide If I want to keep it and deal with Dell/Alienware or build my own. Here is the benchmark of it overclocked.

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  2. Awhispersecho

    Awhispersecho Notebook Evangelist

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    Hey hey. Just saw this. What did you end up doing? I absolutely love the Area 51. Even though I am very disappointed at Dell now if I had the extra money and they upgraded the MB and GPU's on this thing, I would think about buying one myself. Looks nice in the pics, what did you end up doing?
     
  3. rinneh

    rinneh Notebook Virtuoso

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    I wish they would sell that case ready for 3rd party motherboards. Its one of the most awesome cases available. But i rather stuf fin my own hardware to save costs :D.
     
  4. Broken Diamond

    Broken Diamond Newbie

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    Hey, could you please tell me that where have you the black version? All I see from the official site is the "Silver" color option. I don't have a" Black" one.
     
  5. Cass-Olé

    Cass-Olé Notebook Consultant

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    @Broken Diamond > there is no black version, they all come in the same cookie-cutter Epic Silver. Any photos which show dark, charcoal or black colors are artifacts, shadows. If you have a silver / grey, I'd suggest you contact your local spray painter and have them modded to black satin or gloss in a durable finish or do it yourself
     
  6. Broken Diamond

    Broken Diamond Newbie

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    Oh, thank you for clarification! By the way how can I mention someone? I've just registered just because ask this question. =D
     
  7. Cass-Olé

    Cass-Olé Notebook Consultant

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    start to type @ followed by the name, then click any box that has the correct username
     
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    Broken Diamond Newbie

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