Dell have announced a new gaming PC exclusively for Best Buy, the Alienware Aurora Desktop. Fitted out with an AMD Phenom X4 9550 2.2GHz quad-core processor, dual ATI Radeon HD 4850 video cards with a total 1GB of GDDR3 RAM, and 4GB of DDR2 RAM, the Aurora will only be available at Best Buy retail locations and through their online store.
Storage is courtesy of a 500GB, 7,200rpm hard-drive and there’s a DVD burner though no Blu-ray option. Connectivity includes gigabit ethernet, eight USB 2.0 ports (two on the front panel), two Firewire ports, two S-Video ports and a total of four DVI ports from the two video cards.
The PSU is a 750W model and the OS is Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. However the two customer reviews (at time of writing) on Best Buy’s site aren’t particularly glowing – in fact, from the sound of it, the only thing glowing is the overheating graphics. One reviewer suggests that the Radeon, at idle, sits at 78 degrees, and that crashes and freezes are commonplace
The Alienware Aurora Desktop is currently available, priced at $1,699.99.