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Alienware Aurora R7 Desktop: Enjoy high-quality graphics and fast performance with this Dell Alienware Aurora desktop. Its 16GB of Intel Optane memory is expandable to 64GB, providing plenty of room for future expansion, and the 1TB hard drive delivers ample file storage space. This Dell Alienware Aurora desktop has an NVIDIA GeForce 1070 graphics card for smooth rendering of 3D images.

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    What's Included


    • Alienware Aurora R7
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (170 out of 189)

    Features


    • Intel 8th Generation Core i7

    Windows 10 operating system

    Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

    8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8700 processor

    Powerful six-core, twelve-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.

    16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming

    Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.

    DVD/CD burner

    Reads and writes to a variety of media formats, including DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW.

    1TB hard drive + Intel Optane Memory

    Holds your extensive collection of digital photos, music, games, and videos. Intel Optane Memory is designed to reduce performance bottlenecks and accelerate hard disk drives (HDD).

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics

    Driven by 8GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory to quickly render high-quality images for videos and games.

    7 SuperSpeed 10Gbs USB 3.1 ports

    Ultra-fast data connections to transfer large files rapidly.

    6 USB 2.0 ports

    Quick plug-and-play connectivity for your devices and accessories.

    Killer wireless and wired networking

    Killer Wireless-AC 1535 wireless LAN connects to both wireless frequencies (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) for the fastest available signal. Killer Game Networking LAN also lets you plug into wired 10/100/1000 networks.

    Bluetooth 4.1 interface syncs with compatible devices

    Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

    Additional ports

    Microphone and headphone jacks. Subwoofer port.

    Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Core, Atom, Ultrabook, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 189 reviews

    90%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      This Alien is a BEAST!

      Posted
      MarkusKong
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      Alienware - Aurora R7 Desktop Setup/Testing/Conclusion Let me first start off by saying this… The Alienware Aurora R7 Desktop (with the specs listed below) is a beast! Every single game that I fed this gaming monster it ended up gobbling it up without any issues at all. You would be getting FPS in the range of 70 to 100+ depending on the game (tested on Ultra, 1080p). I tested games like Assassins Creed Origins, Battlefield 1, Crysis 3, Doom 3 (2016), GTA V, Star Wars Battlefront II, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, and Witcher 3. If you’re wondering how Intel Optane did, I personally feel like it did what it’s intended to do. What do I mean by that? Well, it definitely speeds up your traditional mechanical HDD. Is it faster than an SSD? Depends. You can technically buy a really cheap SSD but the Intel Optane with an HDD would outperform it. While if you spend a fair amount of money to invest in a really fast SSD, the Intel Optane with an HDD might not be able to outperform it. The reason for the Intel Optane with a Mechanical HDD is to save on the cost for some individuals. Aesthetically in my opinion, the Alienware Aurora R7 Desktop is a thing of beauty. I personally like I size of the desktop itself and the simplicity of it. It’s not a full tower, more about a mid-sized tower. It’s pretty heavy though as it weighs in at about 33 lbs so don’t be fooled! Although it has a carrying handle on top, make sure you support it on the bottom when moving it around. Now, a lot of folks inquire about upgradability (when purchasing a pre-built gaming PC). I would say that you can upgrade this to a certain extent. I would say people either purchase a pre-built gaming PC for 2 reasons. One, it's sometimes cheaper due to things like Crypto Mining. Two, you buy it pre-built so that you don’t have to build it yourself and have it customized from wherever you’re buying it. I would say this… If you’re looking to always upgrade parts in your PC, custom building one is the way to go. Prior to the Aurora R7, I had a 10+ year old gaming PC that I just kept upgrading. I purchased a full tower case so it’d always be easy to take things out and put things in. I always knew what went in and always did the cable management myself, which made it a lot easier to upgrade. When you have a pre-built gaming PC, it gets a little bit more difficult IMO. I’m not saying it’s not possible, it’s just more difficult to upgrade. I just simply got tired of keeping up with the trend and cost with upgrading. So I turned to the Alienware Aurora R7. Let’s just say, I’m not disappointed with my decision. Oh and might I add, I added a 500GB SSD into the Aurora R7 without any issues and it was super simple. Like I said, it’s doable. Now for the con(s) of where I knock off a star. I would’ve given the Aurora R7 a 5 out of 5 but there’s somethings I wasn’t too fond of. One, I’m not sure if it’s with all Aurora R7s; but mine specifically has a weird noise coming from the front intake fan. I know it’s that fan because as soon as I gently stop it with my finger, that sound goes away. It’s either a coil whine or some sort of rattling. I may end up changing out that fan if I can’t take it in the near future. The second thing has to do with the sound the Aurora R7 makes. Now, coming from a Noctua DH14 CPU fan cooler to a water cooler, my expectations were that the Aurora R7 was going to be whisper quiet. During idle, it’s definitely not too bad. But as soon as you’re gaming, the PSU and the other fan(s) in the system get quite loud. Thankfully I have headphones with noise cancellation but my spouse next to me can hear it as well. This leads me to the last problem I have which relates to the fan noise, temperature(s). On idle, the i7 8700 sits around 30c which isn’t bad. On load, the i& 8700 got up to 75c. I guess that isn’t TOO bad, but I expected lower temps. I’m aware that Coffee Lake (i7 8700) runs quite hot but with an AIO (all-in-one) watercooler, I expected lower temps. Again this brings me back to my custom gaming rig. I ran an i5 3570k overclocked to a stable 4.4 on air and never really experienced high temps. The GTX 1070 FE (Founders Edition - Blower Style Fan) got quite hot too. On idle it sat around 30c but on load it got up to 80c. Again, this isn’t unsafe but it’s just higher than what I am used to. I came from a MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G video card which never reached above 60c. So a 20 degree difference is a lot for me. Overall, the Aurora R7 is a great gaming rig. It will handle any game you throw at it. To any gamer out there like me that doesn’t want to fully customize and build your PC yourself, pre-built custom gaming rigs are definitely the way to go. The Alienware Aurora R7 did not disappoint me and it played all the games I could possibly throw at it. Sure there were some gripes I had about it which is listed right above this paragraph, but overall; I would definitely recommend the Aurora R7 to friends, family, and co-workers. Oh and one last thing… Dell/Alienware, let’s get some filters on this beast! This way when it comes time to clean it, it’s a lot easier and less dust gets into this beauty. Specs 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 (3.2GHz up to 4.6 GHz Max Turbo Frequency. Intel Optane Memory Supported with Intel UHD Graphics 630) *Intel 300 Series Chipset* 16GB DDR4 2666 MHz Memory (2x8) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5) 16GB Intel Optane Memory Module PCIe M.2 80mm 1TB HDD 7200RPM Killer Wireless AC 1535 DVD/CD Burner Windows 10 Home Edition (64 Bit) 7 SuperSpeed 10Gbs USB 3.1 Ports 6 USB 2.0 Ports Bluetooth 4.1 What's in the box? Alienware Aurora R7 Desktop Alienware Keyboard & Mouse Quick Start Guide Warranty, Safety, and Regulatory Information

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fast & Outstanding Gaming Rig, Easy Upgrades!

      Posted
      Wraith
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      I have had this Alienware Aurora R7 for a grand total of about 36 hours now and I have put this thing through an extensive battery of tests and I must say, I am pretty happy with this system overall. There are a few things that knock it down from 5-stars to something like 4-4.5 that I'll go into a bit later in the review but on the whole, the majority of gamers that want a performance beast right out of the box will be pretty happy with the Aurora R7. First off, there are a ton of features to the Aurora R7 that more than justify the price even when it is not on sale and if you are in the market for a new gaming rig (as I assume you are if you are reading this), you should pick this up if you can find it in stock. If it happens to be on sale (which I've seen a few times over the last month), you would be stupid not to jump on that deal. One of the features that I really appreciate about the R7 is it's ease of upgradability, not that you will need to upgrade it any time soon, but this is a friendly beast when it comes to tune-ups and tweaks. Remove one screw on the back, throw a couple of switches an the side pops right off. Swing the power unit out and you have access to pretty much everything. You can see the two pictures I have attached to appreciate the nice cabling and access to RAM, HD bays, and PCIe slot. About the only thing that is not as easy to access is the M.2 slot where the Optane memory drive is located, though that is more of a function of the video card getting in the way and even with that there, you still have room to slide it out of its slot. I have already thrown in a pretty speedy SSD into one of the additional slots for game/application installs and it couldn't have been easier. I'm debating about whether or not I want an SSD in the M.2 slot as well but so far the Optane has been doing it's job and has been running the 7200rpm hard drive pretty darn well. The Aurora boots up, shuts down, and opens virtually every program I've thrown at it faster than both my iMac and my Samsung laptop, both of which are completely solid state and are pretty snappy in their own right. The new Intel Optane system is doing exactly what they promised it would, giving SSD like speed to old style spinning hard drives. Another feature I appreciate about this computer is the wealth of connection. I don't see how anyone could run out of USB slots and if you do, you are doing something wrong my friend. In addition to the four on top of the computer (one being USB-C) you have like seven more on the back (including another USB-C). I also appreciate how quiet it is for a gaming computer. It is not as quiet as my iMac or laptop but then again, neither can run games in full HD with all the settings maxed like the Aurora. I can remember when the fans and hard drives of just regular computers, let alone gaming computers, sounded like small jets taking off right next to you. It does this all while still keeping everything relatively frosty for a computer. Even when I was pushing this computer pretty hard with Elite: Dangerous and X-Plane 11, this thing never pushed past 41 C at the CPU or 63 C at the GPU. I've also had this on top of my desk right near me and it didn't fry me out with the waste heat blowing on me. I've had computers before that turned my office into a sauna in no time flat. I used to have to open up my window in Wyoming during winter when I was doing some serious MechWarrior 2 gaming in the mid-90s (yeah, I'm old, so what). I've played several hours of both Elite: Dangerous, X-Plane 11, Everspace, Arma 3, and Pillars of Eternity and the Aurora hasn't even blinked at any of them. It just ate them up and spit out all the pretty pixels on the screen. That being said, it is only ever driving like 2K resolution on my monitor but I think it still looks lovely. So what don't I like about the Aurora? First-off, the bloatware is pretty bad. I'm buying a serious gaming rig and you are throwing on silly programs to play Facebook style games? Come-on, that is just silly. You may want to throw in the Alienware software in the category of bloatware but that would be a mistake. On many computers the 'utilities' they throw in are anything but useful but the tools that they give you here are actually pretty darn good. Still too much other junk though. I'm also not so crazy about how dusty this thing gets inside so quickly. I'm a neat freak and my house is spotless but it took no time at all for this thing to suck in a lot of dust already. Now that means it is moving a lot of air and keeping things nice and cool but I may have to see about finding some filters for this thing if I don't want to be cleaning it out every week. That being said, since it is so easy to crack open, it would not be a hard thing to do every week. The thing that really shaved off the fraction of the star on this thing was the fact that I seemed to have a problem with the installation of virtually every game I loaded on here. Every installation had to either be repaired or deleted and retried. I still have not nailed down what the problem is, but if I figure it out I'll add it in the comments section. Right now it is just one of those things that left a slightly sour taste in my mouth. I'm not going to blame it all on the computer though because there are a lot of things that could be to blame. Finally, I was less than impressed with the keyboard and mouse that ships with the computer. Granted, most gamers are probably going to go for some serious peripherals to go along with this beast but the keyboard and mouse were just sad. Again, they are probably only intended for you to plug in and get things set up before you get the chance to load up the drivers/software for some high-end mouse/keyboard combo. While it may have four stars above it is probably more like 4.25/4.5 stars, I just couldn't bring myself to give it the full 5. Those I tend to reserve for things that really blow my socks off, and while I am VERY happy with the Aurora, nothing blew my socks off. Perhaps that is because I'm expecting this thing to be a beast and it is while a lot of other products I have reviewed here on Best Buy have been more of a surprise. If you are looking for a well-priced and high performing gaming computer, look no further than the Alienware Aurora R7. Despite a few quibbles with it, I have been very pleased so far in its performance and have zero hesitation in recommending it to others.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A beast at a bargain

      Posted
      Donny
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      I drove 60 miles to pick up this PC after debating all night, and finally biting the bullet to jump on it. I placed my in store pickup order late at night, and grabbed it the following evening. At the time, Best Buy had a pretty decent discount going for this machine, which definitely swayed my decision. It's been a long time since I've bought a pre-built PC. With what the market is these days for videocards, going for anything modern while trying to build your own is a terrible value, because GPU prices are ridiculous right now. So I decided I would give this machine a shot. I've been pleasantly surprised. My initial impressions when I opened the box was that this machine was quite heavy for it's size. It's a little smaller than most mid-sized PC cases, but it's a pretty densely packed machine. This isn't a bad thing, they did a good job of packing a lot of hardware into a smaller chassis, and accessing all the hardware on the inside is pretty easy. If you pop off the cover, the first thing you'll discover is the power supply. Pop the two tabs on the rear, and the powersupply slides out of place to allow access to the internals. The design of the case is to allow mostly tool-less upgrades. This is a benefit, as one of the first things I did, before I even initially booted the machine, was to plop in some upgrades. This machine has a 1tb HDD, with a 16gb Intel Optane card. While not a bad setup, I had the budget to go ahead and throw some extra upgrades in. I picked up an M.2 Samsung 250gb SSD while I was at Best Buy, and a 5tb Toshiba drive from another vendor that sells books or something located in a jungle. No beef with Best Buy, but I can't drive to the store at 2am. Got the space upgrades out of the way pretty quickly, and then it was time to reinstall Windows. Since this is a Dell machine, I popped the service tag into their website, downloaded a program, which produced a Windows 10 install on a Thumbdrive in about 20 minutes. The install obviously took no time at all, and it's just the standard far of installing Windows. No surprises or anything, but I was completely impressed by a total lack of bloatware with the OEM version from Dell. Bloatware is one of the biggest concern with going prebuilt, but no issues here. I ran through the rest of the process obviously, started installing some games, and running some benchmarks. I was blown away, this thing is quite the upgrade from my 3rd gen i7 with a 960ti videocard I maxed out GTAV, and ran a few benchmarks at 1080p (new monitor will be soon). The game ran fantastic, and the framerate barely dipped below 60fps. I also ran a few benchmarks with 3DMark, and found myself extremely happy with the results, as the numbers were quite good. Long term, I'm feeling extremely confident in this machine, and it's abilities. The price was good, as current the FE 1070 nVidia GPU is going for about 3/4 the price for the entire computer. I hope that this review comes across as unbiased. The deal was fantastic from Best Buy, I ran the numbers myself to see if it would even be possible to build the same computer with the absolute cheapest of hardware, using the same CPU/GPU combination, and everything I came up with was still $300 higher than the store price. if you have a ton of data, and a vast gaming library, I would recommend tossing the 16gb Intel Optane card, and the included 1tb HDD, and going with something larger. I've seen the question come up a lot, to answer them real quick, the computer does have 2 PCI-E x16 slots, one occupied by the videocard. 1 M.2 slot for SSD upgrades. 1 3.5" spot for a full sized HDD, and 2 2.5" spots for further drive expansion. The CPU in this model is cooled by a liquid cooled system, and the nVidia 1070 used in this machine is a de-badged nVidia 1070 founds edition graphics card. The factory installed 16gb ram occupies 2 slots, and there are 2 free slots for upgrades. It has a ludicrous amount of USB ports as well, but no build in SD card reader which would have been cool. Everything is super easy to access, almost Apple Mac Pro level accessibility. Once you remove the shipping screw from the case, you can basically put away your screwdriver, unless you're ripping out the Intel Optane card to install a proper SSD. I definitely recommend this PC. Good price, build quality is good, working on it is easy, expandability is a thing, it's quick, and nearly silent.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Gaming Performance, but pricey

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      callmeageeth
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      I need to start by stating that I am not a computer whizz and am new to the PC gaming scene. I know how to use one pretty well, but I don't know how the parts work together and why a certain type of RAM is better than another or how to overclock the processor. I know enough to be dangerous, like the parts that make up a computer (CPU, GPU, RAM, etc.) but I've never built my own computer. I've always wanted to, but I've always been a console gamer. It was easier to get into and much less pricey. And I know PC gamers generally claim the graphically performance as being superior to console gaming, but if you've never experienced it, how do you know what you're missing? Anyways, PC gaming is booming with eSports. Everywhere you go, from Target to Best Buy has their own section (albeit sometimes small, but still it's there) of gaming keyboards, mice, headsets, etc. I also like to edit 4K videos on the computer using Adobe Elements, which my laptop could handle, but I thought it would be nice to have a nice desktop that do it all: play games with cutting edge graphics, edit videos and do actual work from home (I'm an attorney) when necessary. I should also mention this is just the computer, and doesn't include a monitor. I purchased a Dell 27 inch QHD gaming monitor with G-Sync (to help with frame rates) and purchased Alienware gaming mouse and keyboard to replace the cheap ones bundled with the computer. (I'm a big fan of the lighting on the computer and keyboard and mouse, it's pretty cool and something non-PC gamers don't see on a regular basis). But keep in mind that my experience is seen through the lens of an awesome monitor which I highly recommend getting if you're going to go so far and buy this Alienware Aurora. All-in-all, this Alienware PC hits on most major notes. My biggest gripes, at least from the gaming aspect, is personal to me, and that's: how do you game? In a console, you put in a disc or go to the PS or Xbox store and buy a game. On a PC, it feels like a different ballgame. I heard of Steam so I immediately downloaded it. It was pretty seamless but for the fact that it takes hours to download games (depending on your internet connection) and you can't play until it is completely downloaded. It's also a major shift going from controller to keyboard and mouse. I must say, I like it, but it can get confusing to those unaccustomed or used to making changes to keyboard settings. I know you can play with a controller but I do actually prefer the precision of a mouse. In terms of gaming, I started by buying Bioshock Infinite (because it was cheap and I love the game) as well as Far Cry 5. Despite Bioshock being some 5 years old, it looked stunning in QHD with Ultra settings. HOWEVER, I noticed a lot of stuttering on these settings. Again, I go back to my original comment about now having intimate knowledge about PC gaming; I just assumed this computer could handle the highest settings. On Infinite, I found it couldn't, at least not consistently. Now, I still played on the highest settings if for no other reason than it was absolutely stunning, and I simply fought through the stutters. These issues arose even with Dell GSync monitor, but it could have simply been user error. When I first played the game on an actual TV in 1080P resolution, the game played fluidly. I'm sure if I turned the settings down jsut a notch everything would have been fine. Now, onto Far Cry 5. It. Was. Gorgeous. The settings weren't all the way jacked up, but I was simply blown away by the quality. Honestly, it was tough going back to my PS4 after that. I enjoyed just looking around at the scenery as much as I enjoyed playing. It was buttery smooth. Again, I purchased this game through Steam. I haven't purchased any other games by any other means, yet.\ While this PC is clearly aimed towards gaming, I would be remissed not to comment on its performance in other areas. Editing 4K footage (taken from GoPro Hero5) on Adobe Elements was for the most part, flawless. The biggest performance gains (compared to my 2 year old Acer Aspire R) was the amount of time it took to create a finished 4K product. The speed it took to accomplish that feat blew my Acer Aspire out the water. My biggest and really only complaint, was the speed in which it takes to boot the darn thing up. This Alienware Aurora supposedly has some Intel Octane memory, which I admittedly don't know what purpose it serves, but I don't see much improved performance based on startup speeds. In my Acer Aspire, I put a 1 TB SSD in it and the thing turns on and off almost instantly. Not the case with the Alienware Aurora. Last night for example, it took almost 4 solid minutes (yes I timed it) to turn on and get to the login screen. This is unacceptable. Now in reality I don't turn it off much, but I expect better performance from such a high powered machine. As far as expandability, I haven't done anything yet, but I did open it up to see how easy it would be to add another HDD. It's dead simple, you unscrew a bolt and it swings open for easy access. For someone unaccustomed to customizing a PC (but still interested in the option to do so in the future) this is a big plus. It also has a ton of ports, like some dozen or so (I don't remember specific count) of USB ports. I assume this is to account for the number of USB ports needed for VR headsets. I have a PSVR and don't plan on investing in a Oculus or HTC Vive anytime soon. I did like the dedicated ports for surround sound speakers. I mostly game and use my computer with a USB headset because I play at night when my family is asleep, but when I get my basement complete I fully intend on utilizing surround sound speakers. This sure beats using a headphone jack for speakers (or even USB). At the end of the day, a good PC gaming system is expensive. So if you're even reading this, chances are you are ready to invest the money to get a good computer. For those like me that are new to PC gaming, this is a simple (but more than console plug and play) way to get started with PC gaming. It's a powerful computer with one of the top end graphics cards that can handle most anything you throw at it. Plus, it's a trusted brand that makes quality products which I believe to be an important factor when purchasing anything that costs this much. If you want to PC game and can afford it, buy this computer. But know that it has a learning curve in order to take full advantage of its potential. I would also recommend a QHD monitor to go with it, but...it's hard to ever go back.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing well rounded gaming PC

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      psyclopps
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      This computer is a dream come true. It is not 100% perfect but is extremely well rounded and great for expansion. I received it in the mail in a sturdy package. The packaging is fairly basic with just a white Alienware box inside, the computer, a keyboard, a mouse and some quick start documentation. There is not much else inside. The setup was easy. Connect power, connect the monitor, key board, mouse and press the cool alien shaped power button. The first start is rather slow, and the computer is sluggish at first as it installs all the updates. After this is all good to go your computer will quickly get extremely fast with the introduction of Optaine memory in conjunction with the hard drive. You really will notice near SSD speeds on most operations once you have opened up various programs and rebooted the computer a few times. It is like an extremely high-speed cache that is non-volatile, so it never has to reload. There is not much bloatware installed, just some Alienware software and your usual Microsoft apps. After toying around with it I tossed an extra SSD drive in it, there is room for two SSD drives but no room for a traditional 3.5-inch hard drive as the only slot for that is occupied by the C: drive. Every component is modular so replacing anything is extremely easy. There are tons of USB ports on the back and top including a USB-C connector. Out of curiosity I wanted to see how it would handle a 2nd Nvidia 1070 card. I tossed it in there, there is a perfect amount of space but the power supply will not handle this setup. The primary video card has a 8pin power connector, the 2nd video card only has a 6 pin so you will need to upgrade the power supply should you want two 8 pin connectors. If you are running video cards that need 6 pin you will have no issue. The build quality is top notch. All layouts internally and all external surfaces feel as if there is a lot of thought put into it. The computer runs rather cool and I could not get the GPU temperature to go above 75 degrees C, my old computer would routinely go up to 83 C so I am very impressed by the great airflow. The cables are all neatly arranged inside and do not restrict airflow. The m.2 slots are occupied with a Wi-Fi card and the Intel Optane memory. I was skeptical of this new storage at first but the more I used the computer, the faster it got, and it really feels like there is a 1tb SSD installed now. Just remember if you wanted to install a M.2 hard drive you would have to remove the optane storage. The i7 8700 processor is a beast and it is awesome watching a program like BOINC running 12 threats at the same time. It looks like it is water cooled and will run nice on anything you throw at it. The memory is occupied by a total of 16GB DDR4 sticks (2 8gb slots) so you will have two more slots available for expansion. Games run smooth as butter. I spent a good amount of time playing Overwatch, Xcom 2, Forza Horizon 3 and Call of Duty WWII at 1080P and it never ever dropped below 60fps. Most games would run in the 100fps range when vsync was turned off. The lighting effects are a nice touch but nothing required. The software is easy to use with lots of preset profiles but you can choose any combination of colors on the side panels and the Alienware logo you wish. My kid is obsessed with a yellow/blue/red layout. There is killer networking software installed as well if you have a router that supports it. Most people will probably upgrade their mouse and hard drive but just for your info the included base keyboard is pretty good quality with great travel and a nice clicky mechanical feel. The mouse is standard fare and will do the job. The compute screams of quality and value at the same time. It is almost perfect out of the box and there is plenty of expansion ability. If I would change anything whatsoever I would toss a little more storage in the (easy upgrade if you clone a new drive and replace it, just disable optane before and reenable after) and I would have included a slightly more powerful power supply for dual video purposes. Every other detail is outstanding. Go buy this computer!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Great Gaming, Content Desktop, with a Big Price

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      DarthNeyehilus
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      Let's get this out of the way: this computer is a beast. It looks great, can handle pretty much anything you throw at it, and it's all in a package that's mid-tower size. The ONLY drawback (and it is a big one) is the upfront cost. It also looks like BB somehow upped the price to $1599 instead of $1499, so factor that into the decision. All in all though, this computer is rigged up for the now and the future, with the only real upgrade needed is the RAM (for content creators out there.) As it stands, out of the box it's a heavy tower (at about 30lbs), but the size will make you believe it's lighter. Coming with the Intel Optane drive, some may think it's just a gimmick but I found startup and sleep resume speeds to be really good. The 1TB HD is small, but easily up-gradable. Inside the tower itself you have small room to work with, though I doubt you'll need it. It does have an extra 3.5" slot out of the gate, as well as other bays, for upgrading the storage ASAP. Cable management is good, and the everything is kept very tight due to an innovative swinging arm to hold the PSU in to place inside. Everything is accessible, and I've already thrown in another 16GB of RAM to bump the total to 32GB (using Adobe After Effects with only 16GB is slightly limiting.) Moving on to the big hardware, the new i7 8th gen processors are powerful. Unless you're really keen on OC your machine (really, you won't need to with this as Turbo Boost can push it to over 4GHz), the 8700 will handle pretty much anything you throw at it without hesitating. The liquid cooling also keeps temps down over long periods, and the whole tower is SILENT; quietest computer I've ever owned and it's not even close. The GTX 1070 is a stock, OEM MSI Aero design, meaning that it doesn't have green glowing NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX on it, and doesn't look as cool, but performs better overall and runs quieter. The GTX 1070 will be able to run most games at 1440p 50fps+, which is perfect for my tastes. Most I've thrown at it (Kingdom Come Deliverance, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Metro series, etc) all handle at 55fps on very high. Essentially, the GPU will bottleneck the processor here, not the other way around. There is room in the case to throw in another card if needed. The stock keyboard and mouse and pretty bad, but more than likely those will already be on your wish list of immediate upgrades. Overall, a really good prebuilt machine. Sure, it's a little bit spendy, and in that case watch for the sales. The AlienFX lights look great, and they're not overbearing. This handled everything I threw at it, without fail, and I've been benchmarking it for the past two weeks to make sure nothing was failing/money was worth it. If you're looking to get into PC gaming, or heavy content creation, this is a perfect way to do it. Alienware and Dell hit this new Aurora out of the park. Find it on sale and you're good to go.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best PC I've ever owned! DEFINITELY RECOMMEND

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      BBlack300
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      I've always wanted an AlienWare PC but the price always put them out of my reach, and it seemed like you were paying extra for the name. I already owned a decent gaming rig that I purchased while I worked at BBY. The only weak link it had was the graphics card that it came with... so here lately I'd been shopping around for a graphics card! LOL, talk about bad timing! with the crypto coin mining craze going on at the moment it was a losing battle. I was on the verge of giving up on PC gaming for a while and just get an XBOX-1X with the 12GB on board graphics card. So days away from totally giving up on gaming PC's for the foreseeable future, I found this gem, and it was on a good sale! (This PC is worth it on sale or not) When I initially found it I was in class attempting to buy one while I was supposed to be paying attention to the lecture. I was literally watching them sell out of every BBY... I was finally able to get my transaction to go through for a store pickup in Chicago (about 2 hrs away). Regardless I was happy that I'd reserved a unit, and was eager to make the drive to get it. The graphics card alone in this rig is selling for around 600 at the moment, I made a quick list of what I'd need to build an equivalent rig... and based on what the prices are on everything right now, this was at least 400 cheaper than a custom build! Even discounting the GPU to what it's supposed to sell for, and you still save at least 250 over building your own rig. And that's not taking into consideration that ANY rig you could build would not have an enclosure that is anywhere near as cool as the AlienWare R7 build. This PC just looks AWESOME, and not in an overstated way. BTW: when I was unsure of the availability and whether I'd get one or not, I went to their site on DELL to see if the manufacturer would pricematch? Dell wouldn't pricematch, which I thought was odd. But what was even odder... The price they had for the same model R7 was 200 more than BBY's regular price. BEST BUY ROCKS!!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great computer for family and gaming

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      dadofgamers
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      PREFACE: I would give this 4.5 stars, but the rating system won't let me. I usually don't purchase computers with the most recent CPU's because they tend to be overpriced AND the previous generation CPU's are more than capable of handling my and my family's computing needs. This approach has served me well in the past, but finally caught up with me on my last purchase, a Dell AIO touchscreen with an AMD CPU. It was slow and clunky, and it drove us nuts. It could barely handle web-browsing, MS Office, etc., and there was no way my kids could play Fortnite on it. So, I decided to change things up and get the latest Intel CPU with the Alienware Aurora R7, and I'm really glad I did. PROS 1) The CPU is incredibly fast. Web browsing is much faster, and MS Office products (Excel, Word, etc.) load in less than 5 seconds. 2) The dedicated graphics card makes a huge difference in performance. Ok, so we weren't able to play Fortnite on our previous machine, but judging from the performance of other programs (websites, games, etc.), having a dedicated graphics card does wonders. You might be thinking, "Duh!", but even the average user who doesn't play games will notice a huge difference in performance. 3) Ports, ports, ports! There are a LOT of USB ports on this machine for all your connected devices, e.g. external HDD's, gaming headsets, etc. Seven USB 3.1 and six USB 2.0 should be more than enough to handle every need. 4) Expansion bays. There are two, 2.5" expansion slots in the tower if you ever want to add more internal HDD's. They're super easy to get to if you want to enhance the computer even more. CONS 1) Alienware software can be buggy. Just recently, one section this software stopped working properly. It doesn't affect anything else except the external lighting on the tower so no performance issues. The whole lighting thing is a little gimmicky anyways, but it is annoying that it's not working. 2) It's a big tower. I'd gotten used to the footprint of the AIO, so I had to dust off my old monitor and place the tower on the floor to keep my desk space. It's not a deal breaker, but just know that you have to accommodate its size. 3) Price. It's listed at $1,499, which is a lot of money for a computer these days. Considering you can get a laptop for less than $500, why would anyone spend 3X the amount for a desktop without a monitor? Heck, even Dell's own gaming model is $500 less. (By the way, Dell owns Alienware.) If you aren't going to play graphics intensive games, this isn't the computer for you. (Full disclosure - I purchased this computer when it was on sale. The $350 discount was good only for the week I went in, and since I could pay same-as-cash in 12 months, it was a good deal. I have yet to see this model go on sale since I purchased it.) (I should note that I also upgraded my router to a Netgear Nighthawk, which made a big difference in the performance of the Dell AIO. It still can't hold a candle to the Alienware, but the upgrade did help overall.) My family and I have really enjoyed having this computer for the last several weeks. Not only can my kids play Fortnite, but my wife can browse the web at super fast speeds, and I can work on Office documents without any delays. With school starting soon, having this as the main computer and the AIO as the backup will really help since people won't be fighting over computer time. This was a considerable investment, but because it's the latest CPU with the latest graphics card, it should serve our family well for the next several years.

      I would recommend this to a friend





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