"If you want to waste your power on heat production (which is what the TPD and the PSU efficiency represent) and cooling it down (which usually involve making noise), that fine with me."
TDP is not an indication of heat. Why is Ivy Bridge hotter than Sandy Bridge? Same for the PSU; if it overheats, you and your case really suck.
Price seams a nice bit below the windows variant: http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-x51/pd
And remember that at the start start of all this I was speaking of power efficiency, not performance, has I was comparing a 55W TDP 2.7Ghz celeron, which to be about the intel product you can get for about $50 (since he was suggesting a pentium, but they start around $65), to a $75 35W TDP 2.6Ghz Pentium, which I think was more worth it if you were trying to save money, for a lowest end gaming PC, has it would more then likely consume both less energy while idle and under load.
The best really depend on whatever you spend most of system spend most of it time in idle/low load or in heavy load, which most home computer don't, including a gaming PC, has it most likely see it fair share internet, video and lot of game that are mostly GPU load not CPU. So I am mostly always gonna suggest the higher priced lower TPD CPU over the lower price higher TPD CPU of somewhat close performance, and if the guy got real money to invest, suggest undervolting the best cpu he can buy instead, if want to save power. (but that last case don't really apply when speaking of Celeron and Pentium =p)
From Alienware's site:
Virus protection on Linux? What's that for? And does default Ubuntu actually include that? :confused:Quote:
With an available built-in firewall and virus protection, you can surf freely and safely with Ubuntu.
I'm pretty sure it's much over 25, unless they are not counting indie games.Quote:
With over 25 gaming titles available
What's good is that, for once, we can compare real prices, and compute the price of Windows pre-installed.
But then, as usual, it is a scam (for high end machines)
1st configuration : Ubuntu is 100$ less
2nd configuration : Ubuntu is 50$ less due to the "savings" on the Windows model
3rd and 4th Ubuntu configuration don't have the equivalent Windows configuration.
But we can see that the 3rd configuration for Windows is the same as the 4th Ubuntu config, but with a 2TB disk instead of a 1TB, and at the same price due to "savings" -200$- again on the Windows config.
So, scam again... because if you need that 4th Ubuntu config and have 1049$ to spend, you'd better buy the Windows version and remove the useless O.S. (or get it refund if your country laws allows -France for ex.-) because you get an extra 1TB of disk for free.
As already said above, good gesture from Dell, but we expect better... or should we from an enterprise that accepted a big "loan" from Microsoft?
P.S.: note that all these Windows config are advertised with Windows 7. Glad to see how W8 is successful! :p