posted on Jul, 28 2013 @ 12:59 PM
OP, if you decide you would like to save a bunch of money and build it yourself, I can personally walk you through putting it all together.
Years ago, it used to involve some pretty funky stuff (DIP switches, etc), but now its quite literally plug and play.
Alienware is going to rip you off unless you find some random clearance deal on their site (which can definitely happen).
You can go to a local PC place as well, though it wont be free.
We can do it all through this thread, email, whatever. I just dont like that someone would have to pay more for a product simply because their lack
of knowledge. You can gain that knowledge by building it yourself, with some assistance, and it is something that can save you a good amount of money
in the long run.
If you are looking for some Linux distros, LinuxMint15 has been pretty impressive to me. Especially in applications where the end user wants a
customized platform, but also ease of use. It is very easy to set up with them to get *exactly* what they want. The only issue is video games and
specialized software. There are things like WINE, and WINE front ends, but they dont always work. Support OpenGL development to change this!