Dunno. It’s been three years since I’ve had a new desktop machine. We’re a
year away from Vista, but there are things I know I could be doing faster today
(video processing, content creation, etc.). I don’t game much, but I also know
that Vista will need raw power – so this would likely be a “futureproofed”
machine. I wanted to hold off until Q1 2006, but will likely slide this sucker
over to Ponzi at that point. Our older machines will likely get donated. Well,
here’s what I’m thinking – and it ain’t gonna be cheap. It’s the Area-51 7500:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium Processor 840 w/ Dual Core Technology
    3.2GHz 800MHz FSB

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service
    Pack 2

  • Warranty: 4-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Onsite
    Service Bundle with AlienAutopsy and Respawn

  • Power Supply: Alienware Approved 650 Watt ATX 2.0 Power Supply with
    Active PFC

  • Chassis: Alienware Full-Tower Case – Lunar White
  • Chassis Upgrades: Alienware Acoustic Dampening
  • Motherboard: Alienware nForce SLI Intel Edition Chipset Motherboard
    PCI Express SLI

  • Graphics Processor: Dual 256MB PCI-Express x16 NVIDIA GeForce 7800
    GTX – SLI Enabled – Includes Free Copy of BattleField 2 !

  • Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz – 2 x 1024MB
  • System Drive: High Performance – 1TB (500GB x 2) Serial ATA-II 3Gb
    7,200 RPM w/32MB Cache

  • Primary CD ROM/DVD ROM: 16x Dual Layer DVD +/- R/W Drive w/ LightScribe

  • Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic High Definition
    7.1 Surround Sound

  • Floppy Drive: 3.5″ 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive – Black
  • Network Connection: Integrated High Performance Gigabit

  • Portable Storage : Alienware 10-in-1 Digital Media Reader /

  • Monitor: No Monitor
  • Alienware Exclusive Offers: Gamespot Complete – Free 90-day Trial
    (a $20.85 value)

  • Alienware Exclusive Offers: 10% off your next EB Games online

  • Free Alienware Mousepad: Free Alienware Mousepad
  • Desktop Enhancements: Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager
  • AlienInspection: AlienInspection – Exclusive Integration and
    Inspection – $99.99 Value – FREE!

  • AlienWiring: AlienWiring – Exclusive Internal Wire Management –
    $99.99 Value – FREE!

Alienware has the coolness factor going for it, certainly… but is it going to be my next machine?

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