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post #16 of 24
I do agree the Alienware computers look pretty sweet. You do pay a premium for those looks. But I love the feature where you can change colors on the laptop for the led lighting. Very cool indeed. I have nothing against anyone getting an Alienware. If you can afford one and the fact that it makes you happy, then that's what counts.

As said before, extended warranties is a complete waste of money. They will do anything to have the excuse to not honor it.

I am not against extended warranties with electronics at all, but with computers it's a risky shot. There are simply to many variables that can void the warranty for the most lame reasons.
post #17 of 24
If you really want to get into computers, buy parts yourself and build it, then install Linux. For about $800 you can build yourself a tower (screen, mouse, whatever not included) that is lightyears ahead of those big electronics store ones. And if something goes wrong you'll always know, because you built the computer.
post #18 of 24
As a salesman, I'd recommend against the warranty on this particular purchase. Most performance PC parts have lifetime (8-15) year manufacturer warranties individually and not to mention that a lot of whole computer system warranties don't cover a lot of what the avid gamer / computer enthusiast may do.

As for bashing on warranties in general, it's a matter of the store policies from where you buy them and balancing value. I bought a warranty when I got my Playstation 3 ($45 for 3 years) and have swapped out two controllers for new ones and had one blu-ray drive replaced (appx. $200 from Sony after 1 year manufacturer warranty is up). Would I buy warranty on a computer? No. Would I buy a warranty on a headphone... Maybe (read: company policies, value, etc.).

With any purchase you make, whether it be product or service, consider value by comparing it to the cost for you to fix it personally, if you have the know how, or to how much it would cost to get it fixed my an electronics store or friend.

P.S. Don't get an Alienware-- For 1/2 to 1/3 of the cost, you can make an equal computer.
post #19 of 24
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P.S. Don't get an Alienware-- For 1/2 to 1/3 of the cost, you can make an equal computer.
I am guessing the OP is getting the alienware for the luxury of owning one, not for its performance. Kinda like the exotic car vs tuner car thing. Keep rocking.
post #20 of 24
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I am guessing the OP is getting the alienware for the luxury of owning one, not for its performance. Kinda like the exotic car vs tuner car thing. Keep rocking.
Except that everyone who knows what an alienware actually is will think he's a moron for buying one.

Don't get extended warranty, dont get alienware.
post #21 of 24
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Just bought the comp, I just like the way it looks and has some decent specs. Everything came out to be about $1140. Here's what I got for it:

intel 920
12 gb of triple channel ram
Ati 5770
750 gb hard drive
software etc

I'll add the SSD from cosair in a few months when it gets more spacious. And Xonar ST to go with my current MediaDesk 2.1 speakers. Thanks for all your help
post #22 of 24
I always look at it as if something is going to go wrong with the product it will probably happen during the product warranty anyway. Never buy one.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by rx7_fan View Post
Just bought the comp, I just like the way it looks and has some decent specs. Everything came out to be about $1140. Here's what I got for it:

intel 920
12 gb of triple channel ram
Ati 5770
750 gb hard drive
software etc

I'll add the SSD from cosair in a few months when it gets more spacious. And Xonar ST to go with my current MediaDesk 2.1 speakers. Thanks for all your help
Well the way I find it is that most faults either occur at the beginning of useable life (due to manufacturing faults), or at the end of useable life (because electronics fail eventually). I generally find that the useable life (MTBF) is longer than even the extended warranty.

Unless you are planning to pour water over your PC, there is no point in getting extended warranty.

Enjoy the PC
post #24 of 24
Go against it. It's very hard to deny one when they ask you in the store because in your right mind you're probably thinking that you won't need it and the manufacturer's warranty is long enough (as it is with most items) but in the back of your head you're thinking "what if it does break?"

I read somewhere (can't remember as it was a LONG time ago, but it was from a reputable source) that 80 percent of extended warranties for... a specific type of item (I think it was electronics or something), don't get used.

You should take that percent I gave you with a grain of salt, but I have never in my life used an extended warranty; and I buy a LOT of electronics.
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