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Alienware R1 Model SKUs
SKU 1
Processor: Intel's Core i3 4170T (Speed: 3.2 GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia's GeForce 960 (Video Ram: 2GB)
Ram: 4GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 10
US Price: 499.99 (My Bet Canada Price: 699.99-769.99)

SKU 2
Processor: Intel's i3 6100T (Speed: Not Listed)
Graphics: AMD's Radeon R9 M470X (Video Ram: 2GB)
Ram: 8GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 10
US Price: 599.99 (My Bet Canada Price: 799.99-959.99)

SKU 3
Processor: Intel's i7 6700T (Speed: 2.8 GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia's GeForce 960 (Video Ram: 4GB)
Ram: 8GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 10
US Price: 949.99 (My Bet Canada Price:1299.99-1499.99)

Alienware Alpha Original Model SKUs
SKU 1
Processor: Intel's 4130T (Speed: 2.9 GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia's Custom Nvidia Maxwell GTX (Video Ram: 4GB)
Ram: 4GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 8.1
US Price: 399.99-549.99 (My Bet Canada Price:?)
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PCGamerNoob2016: Alienware R1 Model SKUs
SKU 1
Processor: Intel's Core i3 4170T (Speed: 3.2 GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia's GeForce 960 (Video Ram: 2GB)
Ram: 4GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 10
US Price: 499.99 (My Bet Canada Price: 699.99-769.99)

SKU 2
Processor: Intel's i3 6100T (Speed: Not Listed)
Graphics: AMD's Radeon R9 M470X (Video Ram: 2GB)
Ram: 8GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 10
US Price: 599.99 (My Bet Canada Price: 799.99-959.99)

SKU 3
Processor: Intel's i7 6700T (Speed: 2.8 GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia's GeForce 960 (Video Ram: 4GB)
Ram: 8GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 10
US Price: 949.99 (My Bet Canada Price:1299.99-1499.99)

Alienware Alpha Original Model SKUs
SKU 1
Processor: Intel's 4130T (Speed: 2.9 GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia's Custom Nvidia Maxwell GTX (Video Ram: 4GB)
Ram: 4GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 8.1
US Price: 399.99-549.99 (My Bet Canada Price:?)
None of these configs are really good price for value.
For 500 USD you can get 1080p gaming with:

Intel Core i3 6100 - http://amzn.to/29n8QVZ

Asus H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard - http://amzn.to/29VNNXS

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory - http://amzn.to/29syIky

WD Blue 1TB HDD - http://amzn.to/29n8AGE

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB Video Card (4GB Not Yet Available) - http://amzn.to/29VOHn1

Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case - http://amzn.to/29nJjri

Raidmax Cobra 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply - http://amzn.to/29wX4r6
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PCGamerNoob2016: Alienware R1 Model SKUs
SKU 1
Processor: Intel's Core i3 4170T (Speed: 3.2 GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia's GeForce 960 (Video Ram: 2GB)
Ram: 4GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 10
US Price: 499.99 (My Bet Canada Price: 699.99-769.99)

SKU 2
Processor: Intel's i3 6100T (Speed: Not Listed)
Graphics: AMD's Radeon R9 M470X (Video Ram: 2GB)
Ram: 8GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 10
US Price: 599.99 (My Bet Canada Price: 799.99-959.99)

SKU 3
Processor: Intel's i7 6700T (Speed: 2.8 GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia's GeForce 960 (Video Ram: 4GB)
Ram: 8GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 10
US Price: 949.99 (My Bet Canada Price:1299.99-1499.99)

Alienware Alpha Original Model SKUs
SKU 1
Processor: Intel's 4130T (Speed: 2.9 GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia's Custom Nvidia Maxwell GTX (Video Ram: 4GB)
Ram: 4GB
Hard Drive: 500GB
OS: Windows 8.1
US Price: 399.99-549.99 (My Bet Canada Price:?)
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chrisofriviera: None of these configs are really good price for value.
For 500 USD you can get 1080p gaming with:

Intel Core i3 6100 - http://amzn.to/29n8QVZ

Asus H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard - http://amzn.to/29VNNXS

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory - http://amzn.to/29syIky

WD Blue 1TB HDD - http://amzn.to/29n8AGE

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB Video Card (4GB Not Yet Available) - http://amzn.to/29VOHn1

Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case - http://amzn.to/29nJjri

Raidmax Cobra 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply - http://amzn.to/29wX4r6
Low Setting 60fps Gaming Build, Total Cost to Build in Canada Dollars Please
Hello op,

Though the gaming community frowns on Alienware and prebuilt computers in general, I can give an enthusiastic endorsement of the Alienware alpha for playing Witcher 3 and in general. I bought a used entry level model (i3 processor, 4 gb) for $~350 and would recommend upgrading to 8gb ram, with or without replacing the hdd with an ssd. It provides a better-than-console experience for the Witcher 3 and presumably will be able to run any game released during this console generation. At least when I bought it, it literally wasn't possible to build your own gaming pc of comparable quality for even a remotely similar price. It may now be possible to do so, and that approach has the benefit of being able to later upgrade your graphics card, but depending on your enthusiasm for building pcs, I would honestly still nudge in favour of the alpha.

The base model (i3, 4gb ram, nvidia 860m) achieves > 60 fps at 720p on high settings, and at 1080p, ~40 fps at high settings, minus hairworks. The 4gb of ram becomes problematic in complex areas like novigrad and results in whole buildings clipping in or disappearing. This resolves with adding a second 4gb stick for 8gb total.

I have had intermittent issues with loading times with no clear explanation, sometimes being only fifteen seconds and sometimes > 1 minute. I am thinking about swapping out the drive for an ssd. I have however seen ssd users report the same problem with Witcher 3 so I wonder if it's an idiosyncratic problem.

In short, if you want a simple low end gaming pc, the old Alienware alpha is still an excellent option so long as you have a minimum of 8gb ram