Alienware revamps its Aurora gaming desktop PC, adds Sandy Bridge-E processors

Alienware revamps its Aurora gaming desktop PC, adds Sandy Bridge-E processors

Summary: Alienware has rebooted its Aurora gaming desktop, giving it new aggressive styling and loading it with the latest hardware.The vents along the top of the case not only give the new Aurora a distinctive look, but also aid in airflow to cool the system.

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Alienware has rebooted its Aurora gaming desktop, giving it new aggressive styling and loading it with the latest hardware.

The vents along the top of the case not only give the new Aurora a distinctive look, but also aid in airflow to cool the system. As with the previous version, the Aurora comes with liquid cooling built in. You also get twice the number of programmable lighting zones as with the predecessor, providing you more chances to customize the color scheme complementing the black chassis.

Alienware has built the new Aurora around Intel's new six-core Sandy Bridge-E processors, with the Core i7-3930K overclocked to 3.9GHz coming standard. You can upgrade to the i7-3960X for a cool $500 extra. The $2,199 configuration comes with 8GB of RAM, while the $2,649 and $3,099 include 16GB RAM. (All come with 1TB hard drive and DVD burner, though you can customize with additional storage options.)

The base graphics card is the AMD Radeon HD 6870, with the $3,099 config coming with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 instead. You have the option to upgrade to a pair of Radeon HD 6950 cards in CrossFireX mode. Alienware also throws in a Dell UltraSharp 21.5-inch LCD with the priciest configuration. One thing you'll need to add is a keyboard, as it does not come included with the Aurora at all.

It's nice to see Alienware still addressing the gaming desktop PC market, though the standard one-year warranty is stingy compared to the service offerings from its boutique brethren. Would you still buy a gaming PC from the Dell-Alienware conglomerate, or from a smaller competitor? Let us know in the Talkback section.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Processors

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  • RE: Alienware revamps its Aurora gaming desktop PC, adds Sandy Bridge-E processors

    I have the new Aurora with the top of the line i7 processor. During the configuration process you are asked if you want a keyboard and mouse. I got both of the Alienware versions which are great. I got the two Nvida video cards, and they are setup with SL1 capability. I chose to get an LED display versus getting one from Dell/Alienware. This is the second Alienware system that I've owned, and very pleased with them both.
    Gillisps@...
  • RE: Alienware revamps its Aurora gaming desktop PC, adds Sandy Bridge-E processors

    Pre-Built gaming PC's are a waste and for poser enthusiasts; half the fun of being an enthusiast is designing your system and putting it together... The ONLY reason I could ever possibly think of considering something like this is with a good warranty...and 1 year is a joke. Nearly all of the components that I buy to put a system together come with more than a 1 year warranty. If this thing is water-cooled please tell me why an i7, the new top of the line i7(s), is only over clocked 600MHz? i7's are capable of a solid 800MHz to 1GHz on air cooling....weak sauce indeed. And I'll bet dollars to donuts that the graphics card(s) aren't water-cooled are they?
    robmel85