Gaming PCs tend to be some of the most expensive computer systems that you can buy and routinely sell for many times the cost of traditional computers. Gaming PCs also tend to set trends that trickle down into mainstream systems as the high-end components become cheaper.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the gaming PC market is currently worth about $12 billion. To grab its share of this massive market Dell purchased gaming PC maker Alienware in 2006. Rather than integrate Alienware into its traditional business, Dell opted to let Alienware continue to develop and market its own products and simply helped Alienware by using Dell’s massive purchasing power to get cheaper components.
As part of it’s mostly hands off approach to Alienware, Dell continued to develop, market and sell its own line of gaming systems in the Dell XPS line. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Dell has said it will begin phasing out four of the gaming systems in its XPS line, moving Alienware into the only high-end gaming computer maker operating within Dell.
Alienware tumbled from the top of the gaming PC heap after its purchase by Dell in part due to competition from Dells own XPS line. Dell recently placed Arthur Lewis, who joined Dell with the Alienware purchase, as the head of its gaming PC division. Lewis said that Alienware was still a premier name in the gaming PC market. Lewis was a vice president with Alienware.
Dell is also going to end the tie-in with World of Warcraft and its XPS machines. Lewis says that Alienware is going to be updating its boxes, which have had the same look for a long time, by using new materials for the exterior of the systems.
Gaming PCs in general for the last several years have for the most part used Intel over AMD due to the typically increased performance that Intel parts provide. Despite this tradition, Alienware has also said that it will be bringing a low-cost (by gaming PC standards) gaming system to market in the next few weeks powered by AMD/ATI.
The new Alienware system will be priced at $1,699 according to CNET. The machine will use a quad-core Phenom X4 9550 processor running at 2.2GHz. Graphics for the machine will be via ATI’s dual GPU HD 3870 X2 video card. The system is reported to use an Asus mainboard with the AMD 790FX chipset.
PC gamers will likely understand what Alienware is going for here -- a lower cost system. Price is one of the places Alienware is criticized the most. Marc Diana, Alienware product marketing manager for desktops says, “We're seeing huge demand from customers. AMD is a good entry point."
Other high-end gaming PC makers don’t echo that sentiment. CNET says that Falcon Northwest reports virtually no demand for AMD based systems according to a company spokesperson.
quote: some people are willing to pay extra to not have to fiddle around with assembling a computer
quote: the other PC lines are much cheaper
quote: Now Apples use cheap parts
quote: Apple uses low wattage power supplies
quote: they use generic memory for their builds but charge 50% more than name brands you can buy from newegg
quote: Their new systems have an optical connection, but this goes largely unused
quote: apple sells the exact same product for substantially higher prices
quote: You can build a similar or substantially better spec-ed system for much less money
quote: Who cares if they have a custom motherboard? so does dell. what about custom power supplies? hp can do that too. all the big names do the same things
quote: All this in the end still results in proprietary hardware
quote: this does not make the laptops significantly more costly
quote: $599 is a rip off no matter how many ways you look at it
quote: however how much simpler is it really?
quote: This is hundreds less and the only difference is that its not LED and its slightly bigger and 1.6 lbs heavier. Granted ergonomics are a plus but you reach a point and say "800 dollars extra just isn't worth losing a pound and a half of weight and save an inch in length and width".
quote: It isn't being done because there are enough idiots out there that buy it and say "ooh its so small and pretty" that overshadow the people that say "80 GB?! WTF!" Can they make a Mac Mini with 2.1 GHz C2D, 2GB of RAM, 250GB HDD, 8400M GT video card and DVD burner for 500 bucks and still make at least a 200 dollar profit on it? Yes. Will they do it? No.
quote: With an All in One, if you break your screen and your warranty doesn't cover accidents; the company will happily repair it for hundreds of dollars leaving you computer less for week(s).
quote: Mac is a Honda Accord with 150 HP, weighs 2000 lbs, is 12 ft long and gets 40 MPG for $30,000. PC is a Honda Civic with 150 HP, weighs 2300 lbs, is 15 ft long and gets 35 MPG for $15,000.
quote: Who are the top 5 computer sellers in the world?
quote: No one is competing because no one cares
quote: If the Mac Mini got suped up like I said and sold for 500 it would really start to make a dent in the market
quote: they are perfectly content in selling a 200 dollar product for 600 bucks
quote: I stand by what I said about All in Ones: They suck.
quote: Any interesting thoughts about this phenomenon?
quote: Here we go again:Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 (2.66 GHz) - underutilized CPU not needed in games (games need ultra fast GPU, not CPU)
quote: 8GB (4x2GB) DDR2 800 ram - most of this ram is useless, 4 gigs is more than enough for a gaming PC
quote: nVidia GeForce 8800GT - yeeeaahh! - a puny GPU for a "gaming" computer, haha, try to run Crysis on that little P.O.S.
quote: Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer - another waste of money, Creative is dead for gaming, hello? I'm done with Creative, forever, my X-Fi is the last Creative card I bought. I played Crysis on my mobo HD audio and on my X-Fi - they sound exactly the same. Modern games do not use Creative hardware (EAX) for audio acceleration anymore. And EAX is dead in Vista so who cares, really.
quote: So here's my suggestion, if you wanna make REAL gaming computer (the one you got now is pretty far from gaming, it's rather a video encoding workstation with a penchant for Matlab x64 with 8 gig of RAM and some casual gaming with 8800GT)1. Drop this waste of money called Intel CPU, go for Athlon X2, pick something like 2.6 GHz it'll be head and shoulders above anything modern game wants from the CPU
quote: 1a. By the way you'll save some money on mobo as well if you go for AM2+ SLI mobo instead of LG7752. Drop memory to 4 gigs, more than 4 is not needed for gaming PC3. Drop Creative P.O.S. 'cause you'll get exactly the same sound with a decent HD audio on your mobo
quote: 4. Aaannnd... after you saved a lot of money by throwing out junk you won't need for games... time to invest IN REAL GAMING HARDWARE - GPU! Get yourself a pair of 9800GTX (these cost $195 a piece at newegg if you know how to buy hardware properly, hehe, I just got mine from them last week) this will cost ya $400NOW. This IS Da UlTiMaTe Gaming PC. I mean it is bred for ultimate gaming, it is as tuned for gaming as it can be and costs probably the same as your original config.But man, believe me, you will run Crysis on this one with AMD X2 and a couple of 9800GTX - and you will thank me all your life. I know what I'm talking about here, I'm building and modding my gaming PC all the time and I know how to tune PC for gaming.
quote: slow CPU can bottleneck a fast GPU
quote: you do need a fast CPU to power a fast GPU
quote: while running two 9800GTX in SLI is an option, that card goes for $300 per unit or $600 for two
quote: Why then Crysis gets no speed increase when I overclock my C2D from 2 GHz to 3.33 GHz? Why it gets massive speed increase when I pair slow CPU with the fastest GPU?
quote: Again, my experience with Crysis tells me that investing in a CPU is a waste of money. Like I said before, Crysis gets absolutely nothing in terms of speed when you overclock CPU to 4 or 5 GHz, but it gets absolutely huge speed increase when you start increasing power of your GPU. Replacing ATI 3870 with 9800GTX alone boosted Crysis speed like a good strong kick in the #ss
quote: That's a lie, the REAL price is $400 for two 9800GTX cards. Check out this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...
quote: modern CPUs don't scale as well with overclocking, save for some processor-centric applications
quote: you'll get more out of your setup by matching a fast CPU to your GPU
quote: That is not a 9800GTX. That is a 8800GTS
quote: Are you ignorant?
quote: The 8800GT is no slouch either, I don't have any problems running Crysis at 1600x1200 on max settings
quote: He specifically said he wanted the machine for video editing and "light gaming duty". The machine he describes fits that bill absolutely perfectly.
quote: Try a few other games that actually use the CPU for something
quote: Personally I built my own rig, clocked Q6600 clocked to 3.6GHz
quote: The CPU compliments the GPU, the faster the CPU the more you get out of the GPU
quote: There's not one game this year that I can honsetly say will be worth having a super high end PC for
quote: cheap Q6600
quote: ...Alienware has also said that it will be bringing a low-cost (by gaming PC standards) gaming system to market in the next few weeks powered by AMD/ATI.
quote: Gaming PCs in general for the last several years have for the most part used Intel over AMD due to the typically increased performance that Intel parts provide. Despite this tradition, Alienware has also said that it will be bringing a low-cost (by gaming PC standards) gaming system to market in the next few weeks powered by AMD/ATI.