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Thread: Alienware System - Good for DV Editing?

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    Default Alienware System - Good for DV Editing?

    I am looking to upgrade my Dell 8200 1.8GHz 512MB system.

    I have a good 17" monitor, a new 200gb 8mb cache secondary drive & 16x DL DVD-R drive.

    The system I was looking at is the following:
    Product Detail

    [1] Bot™

    Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Onsite Service
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2
    Chassis: Alienware® Bot Chassis with 270 Watt Ultra-Quiet Power Supply - Silver/Black
    Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 520 w/ HT Technology 2.8GHz 1MB Cache
    Motherboard: Alienware® PCI Express Motherboard with Intel® 915 Chipset
    Memory: 1GB Alienware® Dual Channel Low-Latency DDR PC-3200 at 400MHz - 2 x 512MB
    Graphics Processor: ATI RADEON™ X300 PCI Express 128MB DDR w/Digital and TV Out
    TV Tuner: None
    System Drive: High Performance - Serial ATA - 80GB Seagate® Barracuda 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache
    Optical Drive: Lite-On® 16x DVD-ROM Drive with Software DVD Decoder
    Removable Storage : 3.5" 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive - Black
    Sound Card: Intel® High-Definition Audio (24-bit, 192Khz) with 7.1 surround sound
    Network Connection: Integrated High Performance Intel® 10/100 Ethernet Adapter
    Display One: No Monitor
    Display Two: No Monitor
    Alienware Exclusive Offers: Gamespot Complete - Free 90-day Trial (a $20.85 value)
    Alienware Exclusive Offers: 10% off your next EB Games online purchase
    Desktop Enhancements: Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager
    AlienInspection: AlienInspection - Exclusive Integration and Inspection - $99.99 Value - FREE!

    For $843.00

    Does this sound like a good system for basic digital editing? I an newly moving from windows movie maker to sony vegas lol. I dont dont huge projects just more home and music videos.

    What are your recommendations of Alienware. Any other manufacturers you would consider?

    Thank you for your time. Great site you have here!

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    Alienware do good systems, but they're very expensive.

    Looks like a good spec, apart from the Hard Drive. If you're going to put your existing 200GB i nthere though, that should be ok.

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    Yes I plan on installing my 200gb secondary drive, dvd writer etc.

    Any other good manufactureres out there?

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    The real tech-heads (read as "geeks") would recommend you build your own system...

    I'm not really familiar with any other companies outside the UK though TBH. Perhaps some of the videoforum regulars near you would like to help out?

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    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Bracknell, Berkshire, UK


    I got DVC to build mine. See links under 'friends of VEF' on the left.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2003


    it'd definitely be a good system, but alienware systems are overpriced, and you WILL need more disc space.
    AMD Athlon 1700 (@2200mhz from 1466 sod the noise!) - 768mb pc3200 - 200GB Maxtor - Pioneer 106 - GF4 Ti4200 - twinhan/visionplus pci dvb-t - random pci analogue tv tuner - A7v600-x (to replace the a7n8x-d that died...) - random 17\" CRT
    Sony STR-DE425 & Eltax c205s;
    xBox w/20GB HDD- executer 2.3b;
    xBox - standard;
    Konica/Minolta dimage z10 w/2x512mb SD;
    iRiver h340;
    A silly amount of Cat-5 and usb cables

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    well can you recommend any other system builders? I have priced alienware against dell and and they always come through as the most bang for the buck.

    I appreciate any recommendations! Thanks guys!

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    I know that loads of US based hardware enthusiasts buy their components from, but as for whether their PC systems are any good, I don't know....

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    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Pwllheli, Noth Wales


    I'm getting an Alienware Aurora 5500 in the next weeK or so and will mainly be using it for video editing, animation etc. After I get it and try it out I'll post about it on here.
    Can\'t do it? Do it anyway!

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    Join Date
    May 2004
    Houston, TX


    NEWEGG is awesome for parts. I purchased probably 40% of my self built computer from them and was very pleased with service and value.

    From what I have read in mags and things Alenware make an excellent system but mainly market the Gamers. I may be wrong but again everything that I have seen from them gears that way.

    When I started shoping around for what I wanted I ended up deciding at risk to build my own. (Helps when you have some friends who are computer geeks that can help when needed) I was very pleased with my decisions and walked away with at the time a top of the line system at bargain prices. Take your time to piece what you want and SHOP, SHOP, SHOP.

    Wish you well.

    AMD Athlon 3200
    Asus A7N8X Dlux
    ATI Video
    1 Gig Mem
    Windows XP Pro
    2 Seagate ATA 160 Gig HD,1 Maxtor 120 Gig HD
    Sony DRU-510 DVD/CD Burner
    Viewsonic 19\"LCD
    Pinnacle 10 PlusMediaSuite
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    Sony HVR-A1U 1080i HDV Camcorder

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