I'm just into my first year with an Alienware ALX system that cost around £3500. The power cannot be denied, but it turned out to be the most unstable system I've ever known. Eventually it started locking up ... randomly. During boot-up, at idle state, or in an application ... it would do it anything from once to 12 times a day, or work perfectly for a week or two!! Hard re-boot, and eventually going again ... until the next time. My IT-Nephew tried everything imaginable to no effect ... and the ultimate kick in the slats was the Alienware Re-Spawn disk, which should have returned the system to "factory gate" state, was corrupted!! Eventually, last week, my IT-Nephew had to do the full Monty ... reloading Windows XP Pro, abandoning the 300 Gb SCSI drive and leaving me with 2 separate 150 Gb drives. It now [touch wood] seems to perform better than ever. How's your Alien I find the noise from the machine is fairly awful, and I have to keep the door closed otherwise I hear it when I'm trying to go to sleep upstairs!