Posted December 20, 2012
I understand the sentiment, but Falcon Northwest, Alienware, and the other boutiques offer a lot more than just the PC for that price. You get a fully tuned rig, tested and guaranteed for a number of years to work, very often with on-site service for a year and a very good warranty that includes replacing with newer stuff at no charge if it fails and they can't get the old parts anymore. Yes, you can build the exact same machine for 50-75% of the cost yourself, but you are on your own getting manufacturer warranties working if something goes sideways. The premium is justified for some, not for others, but it does have a reason for being there beyond 'buying the label'. :)
DarrkPhoenix: Don't buy from Alienware. Their machines are usually stupidly overpriced for what you are getting. There are a fair number of places that you can order a pre-built computer from while still being able to pick from a good selection of parts and getting a decent price. Alienware is not one of these places.