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This Alien is a BEAST!Posted
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
Fast & Outstanding Gaming Rig, Easy Upgrades!Posted
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
A beast at a bargainPosted
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
Amazing well rounded gaming PCPosted
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
Great Gaming Performance, but priceyPosted
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
A Great Gaming, Content Desktop, with a Big PricePosted
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
Best PC I've ever owned! DEFINITELY RECOMMENDPosted
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
Awesome gaming and video editing BEAST!!Posted
This computer will satisfy the gaming newbies as well as the tech savvy users! I'm a technology nerd and enthusiast, I usually build my own computers except of course laptops but any desktops I like to customize myself with the specs I want. It's hard to believe Alienware was able to put almost everything a gamer and PC enthusiast would want. I'm using the R7 for gaming and as well as Video editing and it does a awesome job at both! I play games like Fortnite, GTA V, Doom 2016, Witcher 3, Crysis 3, and of course Overwatch. The R7 handle them all without a problem. They all ran smoothly at 60FPS all day on 1080p. The Intel optane module is basically Cache memory which is able to load the O/S and app faster. I think this is the way to go if you don't have an SSD or want intel's 3D XPoint performance. Alienware did a great job on offering this as an option. Usually computer companies will offer an small SSD paired with a large standard hard drive to speedup boot times and loading of the other software. If you're a video editor, you'll be pleased with the GTX1070, both Premiere Pro and After Effects can utilize CUDA GPU for faster rendering (make sure you enable it). I'm using the R7 for video editing as well as gaming, the optane memory and GTX 1070 is perfect for the rendering in both Premiere Pro and especially After Effects which with my other computer took quite a bit longer. In conclusion, the R7 is an awesome computer not just for gaming but also my video editing needs. The aesthetics of the case also looked great, I like that I can also program the RGB of the case. The CPU is also liquid cooled the fan is pretty quiet, this helps the CPU handle anything you can throw at it. I'm happy with what Alienware decided to use for Cooling and really happy to not really hear hardly a sound from the fans. I would highly recommend the R7 i7 8700k CPU, Optane memory, and the GTX1070 for anyone looking for a off the shelf performance.
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Great computer for family and gamingPosted
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.
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Solid 1080p Gaming MachinePosted
As some background I have never subscribed to the notion of buying a pre-built computer. I have been building my own PCs for most of my life and never really considered going a more mainstream route. That said, the Alienware R7 is a well constructed, high performance computer for the money. I was immediately struck by how compact the enclosure was for the hardware it is packing. It appears to be a BTX enclosure housing a custom motherboard (Z370) and cooling solution. So keep that in mind if you start having a desire to upgrade beyond the GPU, RAM, HDD/SSD, or possibly processor. The R7 came equipped with: i7-8700 16GB RAM (DDR4-2666 Dual Channel Config) 16GB Optane module & 1TB HDD (in software RAID) GTX 1070 (4GB) DVD writer On board Killer Networking (E2500 ethernet and 1535 Wi-fi module with Bluetooth) Windows 10 Home x64 Please note this is the i7-8700 non-K model with 65W TDP. This is not overclockable, but will satsify most gamers. This is a fast six core processor based on the latest Coffee Lake design from Intel. Runs exceptionally quiet even under full load which is a real plus. The GTX 1070 is a rough equivalent to the previous generations 980TI which not that long ago was the fastest game in town. The 1070 can make quick work of nearly all AAA titles maxed out at 1080p. Even 1440p resolution is possible in most with some dialed down settings. Don't bother thinking you will be doing 4K gaming... it just doesn't have the grunt. If you are looking to do VR then this system will have you covered as well. It was silky smooth with my Oculus Rift. What is nice about going with a pre-built system such as this is that GPU pricing has skyrocketed thanks to cryptocurrency mining so that suddenly makes this machine look like a real value. The area I was most concerned with was the Optane cached conventional hard drive. Surprisingly, the approach is very fast and for most operations feels like you are on a machine with a full SSD drive. The only time the cached drive shows its limits is when moving large files (>16GB). Then things slow down to the standard drives transfer rate as the cache drive simply can't help. A 32GB Optane drive would have been better in a machine like this, but most people probably won't notice. The Alienware R7 does come with some preloaded software to allow for control of the case lights (and Alienware accessory lights if you have them). Works fine and allows for a fair amount of customization if you are into RGB lighting. Also has the Killer networking software for packet prioritization among other things. The machine also comes with a keyboard and mouse, but it is certainly nothing fancy (and actually pretty flimsy). I didn't even hook them up, but used my current Corsair hardware. Lastly, the machine does NOT come with a monitor. Overall, I like the machine more than I thought I would. It is snappy and offers great gaming performance. My kids love it and it is now their favorite gaming PC in the house. The R7 offers a quality machine for those that have no interest in building their own.
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I have built my own computers and bought from HP and Cyberpower. I knew I needed a new graphics card, but the bitcoin craze made it all so expensive. I went into Best Buy and was informed about the Alienware Aurora 7. The selling points were it is small, has many USB ports, and runs cool. I was skeptical but there was a 30 day return policy. I never associated running cool with small. HARDWARE/NOISE: I heard about Alienware when I was in high school and I knew they were expensive, but this one was very reasonably priced; in fact, the whole Aurora line up is reasonably priced. I looked over the specifications and they are all solid. It is liquid cooled closed loop for the CPU and the has two case fans and one graphics card fan. I plugged everything on and turned it on and I didn't hear a bit of noise. I saw the lights were on, so I wondered if the fan was turning. I put my ear right against the case and I could barely hear the fan. That was impressive. The GPU has plenty of room to breath and it looks like you can add a second card, but I would recommend it. It would be too demanding on the power supply and most games are drifting from the SLI technology from what I have read. There are two additional slots for 2.5 drives at the bottom, and that is the only thing I wish I had more of is Hard Disk Drive (HDD) space. Go for the 2 TB if you can afford it, or just have one installed. SOFTWARE/BOOT TIME: I went to download software to see what the temperature was on the CPU, and it already had it there. It had the read out for the CPU, GPU, fan speed in RPM and percent; that was a nice touch, and I really appreciated them saving me the effort. The temperature is always around 27 - 32 Celsius. My old system idled at 36 - 44 Celsius with more than twice the fans. It comes with an App that cleans your files and updates the drivers without being in the way, it is called Support Assist. It also uses Alienware software to keep your drivers up-to-date and it better than most. Nvidia Control Panel was optimized already, and the M.2 drive made the boot times and applications blazing fast. I have had it for 7 months now and it still boots as fast as the first day (18-22 seconds). It could probably boot even faster if I disabled some of the monitoring software, but I don't mind waiting 5 seconds more. BENCHMARKS/GAMES: I have found a single game that gives me any issues and I have played many of the more popular titles on Steam, Origin, and Uplay. CONCLUSION: I would highly recommend this PC build to anyone just trying to get a serious gaming rig, but they don't want to spend too much money.
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Great Machine but Some QuirksPosted
Picked this beast up today for the weekly sale price of 1,149.99 which is fantastic. It's a great looking machine and you can turn off the lights on the side and front if you're not into the RGB graphics (first thing I had to figure out!). I've had the same machine for about 6 years now, a Dell XPS 8300 I7-2600 which has served me well. I've upgraded it over the years with extra ram, an ssd, a few video cards, new psu. It's really started to lag behind on newer games at this point though so I've been watching PC deals. This was one I could not pass up. For the video card, going from a GTX 960 to GTX 1070 has been amazing. Most games in the past I've had to play at low-mid settings, but now the handful of games I've installed and played have been at Ultra and all 60fps+ at 1080p. So far the R7 has been whisper quiet even while playing some more intensive games. I've been having to turn my speakers down since I'm no longer playing over constant noisy fans. Another nice plus is that the machine has 13 USB ports, 7 of which are USB 3.1. I've had to buy USB port expanders in the past which are no longer necessary... I was hesitant going from an ssd to the Intel Optane Memory+ HDD but what I've noticed is a second or two slower on boot ups compared to my previous machine, but games are loading faster - so to me that's well worth the trade off. If you do want to upgrade and throw an SSD in, opening the rig up is extremely easy The **only** real issue I've come across is after a Windows Update I started seeing a Pump Failure message on the CPU Pump in the Alien Command Center. It's concerning that this is happening on the very first day, but the CPU temp doesn't seem to be going up so I'm wondering if this is Windows Update causing issues with the software itself. For now I'll have to give it a 4 until I can do more research and post an update. The only other annoyance was the preinstalled games cluttering up the Pinned Area of the Start Menu. Overall this has been a solid machine though and I couldn't be happier with my upgrade. I definitely recommend it, especially at a sale price! I'll have an update as soon as I figure out the Pump issue.
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great gaming machine, especially in today’s bloatePosted
the good: cpu - intel 8th generation i7. geekbench scores were outstanding. single core score wass 5155, multi core was 22289. in my testing, that was about 27% higher than the 7th generation i7 for multicore (obviously there are more cores, so those numbers make sense). case design - this of course is completely subjective, depending on personal taste. in my opinion, the case looks pretty slick, but it’s also well designed. relatively compact for a tower, i love the lights on the side panel. the power button is also the alienware logo, and lights up as well. all 3 of these “zones” - left panel, right panel, and alien power button, are independently configurable for light color and task. completely useless in terms of function, but very cool none the less. incidently, the alienware windows color theme that is active by default looks pretty sweet as well. completely different than a traditional windows 10 look. quiet - even playing witcher for extended periods of time, everything stayed relatively quiet. graphics card - with the market being completely out of whack because of the bitcoin nonsense, gfx cards prices are astronomical at the moment. PC manufacturers have been relatively expempt to this point, so a pre-build gaming machine is a very good way to go currently. gsync - if you’re not familiar with this, definitely have a look. the frame rates of the gfx card and the monitor sync, which prevents screen tearing. very cool - but in order to use, you’ll need a monitor that has this feature too. liquid cooling - 1 radiator, but still quite effective at cooling. very quiet as well. ports - tons of USB ports for connectivity VR ready stability - so far, zero stability issues in long gaming sessions the bad: included keyboard and mouse are relatively flimsy. i would assume (and dell probably does as well) that these peripherals are essentially throw away…the vast majority of users will have their own gaming keyboard and mouse misc: because the tower is so compact, not much internal expansion room. the included 1070 graphics card is of course giant, and just barely fits. optical drive - again, this may be considered somewhat of a useless item now a days. probably not a big deal to most users. overall: in my opinion this is a great machine. highly recommended, especially considering how expensive graphics cards are at the moment. easily 5 stars.
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Solid performance, but a bit loud.Posted
Out of the box great performance and a good value, especially given the current market for PC parts. It’s hindered only by fan noise and minor software bugs. Good build quality and compact size with less gaming pc aesthetics than the norm. Plenty of ports for all your devices. Pros: -Good performance and cooling -HDD with Optane is on par with SSD -Form factor -Upgradable -Plenty of ports (13 USB, and 2 Type C) Cons: -Fan noise -Alienware Control doesn’t run on startup Build Quality: The build quality is solid, despite being mostly plastic. The form factor is a lot smaller than I thought it would be, more so had they eliminated the gamer aesthetics. The side panels and power button have independent RGB, which you can set through the Alienware Command Center. There are no wires connecting to the side panel so removing it is very easy. There’s a latch you slide down to unlock it. Once opened you can unlock the and swing the side mounted power supply panel to access the interior. On the back, there are so many ports. 6 USB 2, 4 USB 3, and 1 USB Type C. There’s 3 more USB and another Type C ports at the front. Seems to be good amounts of airflow, and so far cooling isn’t an issue. The included keyboard and mouse is usable, but should probably be replaced whenever possible, especially the mouse. Performance: Simply, it’s great. Gaming at 1440p with steady 60fps whild the CPU stays around 50c and GPU reaching around 70-75c. I don’t play the most demanding games, so the 1070 is more than enough for me. The HDD speed was a pleasant surprise for me. I didn’t think HDD with Optane would really be as fast as SSD, but cold boot started up fast and games loads just as fast. The most annoying thing for me is the fan noise. Even at idle this thing is noticeably loud. It’s like having a smaller heater on my desk. Setting a fan curve didn’t make that much of a difference. While gaming, it does ramp up a bit, but not so much to distract from playing. Any possible Windows issue aside, the other common issue I’ve seen is that the Command Center doesn’t start when the computer is turned on, even though it’s on autostart. Not a big deal. I do like the Thermal Controls. It’s simple enough to see the main readouts plus you can pull each tab and dock them on the desktop so you don’t need to have the full window open just to monitor your CPU and GPU temps. While it’s not the quietest rig, overall it’s a good and simple entry machine for those that don’t want to bother and build their own. GPU and ram pricing alone right now makes it a good value.
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My first Alienware PC!Posted
I've heard of Alienware but never owned any computers from them before until now. Some people told me not to buy from Dell as their reputation hasn't been the greatest for several years. I went to Bestbuy to look for a new computer as my previous eight year old machine finally died on me. At first I was looking what they had on display until a helpful rep showed me the Alienware Aurora R7 and what was in it. He said it comes with Intel's new i7-8700 CPU and their new 16 gb Optane Memory which will boost the 7200 RPM hard drive to SSD speeds. I was skeptical at first but I took a chance and bought it. Crypto miners have ruined gaming PC as they bought up the gaming cards which forces people like myself to buy pre-built machines instead of buying the parts separately. Graphics cards like the 1070 GTX which originally cost around $300 to $400 dollars now cost from $800 to $1,000. Which isn't fair for us PC users. After using the machine for a few months, I'm glad I bought it. Its super fast Vs my old computer. Playing games is great with the 1070 GTX installed. It has plenty of USB drives including two type C ports. Thankfully it comes with a slim DVD drive. The noise is no different that any other computer I've owned. You'll get used to it. It comes with Liquid cooling which is great and its a first for me. Also it has the i7-8700 and 16 gb ram which can be upgraded to 64 gb which I may do in the future. I was at another store checking out some video cards and after talking to the rep that my computer came with a 1070 GTX card, a Crypto miner came up to me trying to get me to trade my card for a 970 or 980 GTX card. He said he would pay me $300 to $400 dollars for my card or I should trade my new card for his used cards. I told him I want to play new games and do some video edits. He bugged me to the point of harassment. I said sure if he'll pay me $1,000 for my card. That angered him. He claimed I'll be wasting my time and the card's life on video games. I told him if he didn't leave me alone, I'll file a complaint against him. The electronics store reps approached him and the miner left the building. I've heard reports from various stores that the miners are asking people who buy new computers to sell the video cards or trying to trick customers into buying used worn out cards. Be careful! I would buy in the future another Alienware computer. I've very happy with the purchase.
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Excellent Deal for MoneyPosted
I had been considering building a new PC or purchasing one of the Dell Inspiron gaming Desktops with the Ryzen chip, but this deal (at $1149) blew it out of the water. 8770 Intel Coffey Lake CPU/MBoard are top of the line. Nvidia 1070s are going for 5 or 6 hundred dollars along with the crypto currency crazy going on. I tried to price it out on a similarly equipped system PC Part Picker and Dell's own site and couldn't even get close to the price. So if this deal ever is on again, I highly recommend picking it up. As far as the unit itself, it's a very sturdy carefully constructed system. Quite a bit heavier than my previous Mid tower desktop. It's technically upgradeable but if your not familiar with putting together or taking apart PC's, upgrading anything other than the graphics card or a hard drive are going to quite difficult To be fair, Dell has lots of detailed documentation online that shows you how to get to various other upgrade components like Ram and M.2 drive but it's quite a bit more work compared to build it yourself systems. The optane drive is neat feature, but I wish they had included it with a 2 TB HDD instead of the supplied 1 TB drive as that's kinda small for anyone doing PC Gaming. I compared the drive performance with Optane drive enabled vs disabled and it definitely improves load times for frequently used programs and games. It doesn't feel as fast having a dedicated SSD drive, but significant improvement over a mechanical drive alone. Cooling is more than adequate in the system with Liquid cooling system for the CPU and 3 case fans. The fans are very smart and run quiet. I hear the hard drive more than I hear the fans. I haven't benchmarked the CPU or Graphics card for performance, but will add that to this review when I do. Ultimately, this a great mid level gaming PC that should keep the average PC gamer playing the latest games at high FPS for several years. Being able to upgrade the components is an added plus
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Fast, Quiet, and awesome graphicsPosted
Included in the box: Alienware Aurora R7 Desktop, Alienware Keyboard & Mouse, Quick Start Guide, Warranty, Safety, and Regulatory Information. The specs include: 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 and Bluetooth 4.1. To be honest this is my first time owning an Alienware computer. I've heard really good things and now i know its all true. This is an awesome computer, its quiet (thanks to the liquid cool system) and very fast. i don't use a gaming monitor or computer monitor for that matter. I use my 55 inch 4k Sony television and i must say the graphics look way better than my ps4 pro or xbox one s. I use a 4.1 LG sound bar too. I really enjoyed all the USB ports, i mean they are everywhere, on top and the back. It truly is a gaming pc. I also use this as a media center. I notice it only had one hdmi port too. I'm new to PC gaming, but i purchased Fallout 4. I've owned it for xbox one s and i've enjoyed it very much. Like i mention before the graphics are very nice. I was using my keyboard to play the game but i will be purchasing a control soon. This gaming pc comes ready with VR which is something i really want to take advantage of, i will be using this option with Fallout 4 too. From my peers in college, they stated this is a nice starter computer. I am still learning how to use it but so far so good. I would say that this computer seems too expensive for what it offers (compared to other reviews i've read in the past). If you have the money to spend and are learning about gaming pc this is the right computer for you. I really like this computer it can handle everything i throw at it, media, pc gaming, and college docs. I enjoy it very much.
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Excellent pre-built value (when on sale)Posted
Let me start by saying I purchased this prebuilt at $1149 when it was on sale. For $1149 in today's crypto market is an excellent deal. Pros: - Surprisingly small unit. Smaller than most mid-tower ATX cases. - Not cringy-looking like some over-the-top "gamer" computers. Has subtle RGB lights on the side of the case that you can control. - Once the optane memory has had time to cache frequently used files it boots quickly and feels snappy. I would still prefer a large SSD but it's a good compromise for now. - The GTX 1070 overclocks well and has adequate cooling to keep the overclocked card below 75 C. - Plenty of USB ports! OMG just read the spec sheet there are like a dozen of them. - Included AC wireless card works very well. My laptop with AC wireless adapter would see frequent lag spikes and throttled download speeds but this one in the Alienware allows for full download speed (230 Mb/s for me) over wireless in another room from the router and I haven't seen any lag spikes in games yet. Saves me the trouble of having to run ethernet to the computer which is not convenient for me. - Includes an AIO liquid cooler for the 8700. It's not overclockable so I'm not sure why they did that but I suppose it helps on noise while keeping the CPU cool. And please don't upgrade to 8700K. There is no need. The 8700 is overkill for gaming anyway. - Included decent wired keyboard and mouse. Cons: - Some bloatware like pre-installed games and some alienware software but nothing a quick uninstall can't fix. - HDD performs well but it is still a HDD so some hiccups every now and then opening new apps. - The included power supply is just enough to power this system so don't expect to be able to throw another card in for SLI without replacing power supply. The cons are nothing to deduct any stars since I expected all of those things before the purchase.
I would recommend this to a friend