A couple of points... I've been browsing around the Alienware site to see what kind of gear they're offering for gamers. Sure, they might look cool if you're into that kind of thing, but once you get to technical specs there are some things one should take note of. Their top-of-the-line model for gamers, the Area 51 7500 ships for $1869 without further configuration (you can choose to customize the computer to your needs, adding more expensive components as you see fit.) Lets take a look at the problems.. The default CPU is an Intel Pentium D 830 dual core processor (not to be confused with the "Extreme Edition" dual core processors from Intel, which Alienware misleadingly lists in the technical specs overview. You can get an EE processor in the rig, but then you'll have to fork out an additional $934 ). Now, the 830 is a decent processor for many uses, but gaming is currently not one of them. In the future, you'll see games that will benefit from dual core processing and will be coded to run several threads simultaneously, but it might be several years before such games hit the market. As of now, the 830 is a very mediocre processor when it comes to gaming. Take a look at these benchmarks. (Note - these benchmarks are for the Pentium D 820 but the difference between the 820 and 830 in gaming performance is negligible.) The motherboard in this computer is an "Nvidia Nforce4 for Intel" motherboard, probably custom-made for Alienware. This is a problem. The golden rule when it comes to buying motherboards for Intel platforms is to buy Intel's own motherboards. Even though Nvidia is a very competent company, it seems the rule holds true in this case too. I've been hearing nothing but complaints about the Nforce4 for Intel motherboards on the net since they started coming out about half a year ago. The only conceivable reason they've chosen to ship the rig with this board is that you need it for running SLI on an Intel platform, which ties in to my next point... SLI is an Nvidia invention that allows you to run with two Nvidia cards (of the same type and brand) on a computer simultaneously. Now, one would think a Rolls Royce gaming PC would have two cards featured, especially since the motherboard facilitates this, right? Well, not quite.. The computer comes with one single Nvidia 6800GT graphics card, which is still a very decent card, and runs most games on max settings (I know, I used to own one before i bought my 7800GTX ). But to get a full SLI setup you've got to shell out at least another $347. A minor point compared to those above, but I thought I should also mention that the computer ships with only 160GB HD space. In my opinion 200GB is the absolute minimum one should expect in a new computer these days. Preferably even more. Also, you actually have to pay extra to get a DVD±R/W Drive! You don't get anything for free with this rig.. A last note about the memory. The computer comes with 1 gig of DDR2 667Mhz memory, which sounds alluringly good, but it only tells half the story. When it comes to gaming, the timings on the memory is just as important as the "raw speed" (667 Mhz). Most stock DDR2 memory suffers from so much latency (due to poor timings) that the speed bonus you get from running DDR2 is negated. Since Alienware won't say anything about either brand or technical details for the memory, I assume the worst... OK, this is getting a bit longwinded.. I'll just summarize with a brief comparison with a computer I found at Newegg.com, the "ABS ULTIMATE M5-64 Pro" (Computer manufacterers just love them acronyms and superlatives don't they?). This computer ships for $1429 and has in my opinion better specifications for gaming. It's got the powerful AMD Athlon A64 3500+ CPU, Nvidia 6800GT Graphics Card (same as in the Alienware rig), high performance memory from a well known quality brand, 200GB HD, DVD-ROM and DVD±R/±RW drive, nice big 550W Power Supply, good chipset. All in all a better computer than the Alienware "Rolls Royce" for gaming, and it's over $400 cheaper! In my opinion, Alienware is just about glitz and bragging rights.