While I'm not a computer expert I managed to build my last system, and it was pretty good system. My son wanted to game so I thought I would give him that system and put another one together.
Looking around I instead I opted for an Alienware. I purchased a New Aurora R4 It arrived January 17th 2014.
Wow... I'm pretty sure this is my last Alienware.
I actually had no intention of changing anything soon when I ordered it. I had a vague notion at some point of adding an SSD, so when ordering I asked about upgrading, and was assured it was an easy process. I was told it has extra bays all ready to go...
As it worked out, two weeks ago I ran into a great deal on 2 Samsung EVO solid State Drives. The drives were about $65.00 each, and are 128 GB. I figured I could put the operating system on one, and games on the second and run the 2 TB as storage. I was thinking if one or the other solid states went bad they were cheap enough and small enough to replace with no issues.
What a head ache... I can't even get the system to recognize the SSDs for storage much less getting an operating system on one. Extra factory set partitions, embedded reg keys...
I ended up just leaving the 2 TB hard drive in the system, and placed the SSDs in the other system. I had no idea an Alienware system was going to be such a pain to mod.
I guess the upside is the SSDs work great for my son. Pretty disappointed with this computer...
I upgraded both my Aurora R1 and my R4 with Samsung 840 Pro ssd's.
I just removed the boot hdd and did a clean Windows install on each ssd.
Aurora R1: i7-960, GTX 770, 3x4GB ram, 840 Pro SSD, Win 7 Pro
Aurora R4: i7-4820, GTX 680, 4x4GB ram, 840 Pro SSD, Win 7 Pro