Fed Ex delivered my new Alienware gaming computer yesterday. In a sopping wet box. From the looks of it they must have left it sitting on an outside dock for a few hours in the heavy rain we had here in Nashville. It was literally falling apart on one side, with one flap on the top open and water inside. And to add insult to injury the Fed Ex driver shoved and dropped and roughly man-handled my $1700 machine (yeah I know that is cheap for an Alienware system, but it still rocks) from his truck to our door in an angry snit because loving wife insisted he bring it in the front and not down to the basement (where he would not get as wet doing so I suppose).
Fortunately the only water damage done to the inside was at the corner of the keyboard/mouse box and that did not touch the well-wrapped components inside. The inner-box that holds the computer – a fine box indeed (no seriously it is a wickedly good box) – was in perfect condition thank goodness.
Long story short, the computer is working fine and, while I haven’t played one game yet, is impressive as hell. It’s a monster, both in terms of styling and weight (seriously heavy). It looks like the transport for a Spacing Guild Navigator from Dune.
And it is fast. Very fast. No doubt due to the combination of the new Windows 7 and the ATI Radeon 5870 video card and 6GB of RAM in it.
I had a little buyer’s remorse as I laid in bed last night, but that probably had more to do with the $7546* we put down on new windows for the house yesterday than my new computer. But it will pass and I hope to be enjoying it guilt-free soon.
* I’ll get $1500 back in that save the environment tax credit which is good since it’s my damn money anyway.