I like to look at deals on computers and ask myself what I would buy if I needed a new computer. I bought a nice Gateway gaming desktop in January and do not need to purchase a new computer now -- but if I did this Dell / Alienware X-51 mini tower for $899 is a good deal.
You might do better if you look at Tiger Direct and Newegg but for people who want to deal with Dell directly, and get their customer support, this is a very good buy.
(by the way -- I am not earning any points or commission from Dell, I am just doing this as a service to my readers).
Note that there is an $100 off the $999 price this weekend which is why I am quoting $899.
There are several options. Make sure to get at least the Intel I5 chip set which comes with this choice, and not the less expensive I3. However, I do not think that you need the I7 chip set unless you make professional videos or really need the extra power. The NVDIA graphics card, the 660 GTX, is very good and will work well with Second Life displays. Do not go with the lower quality 640 choice, it is not a good choice and not worth the cost savings.
I do have one problem -- 330w seems like a barely adequate power supply. I would prefer 500w, but
my experience is that manufacturers like Dell know what they are doing.
- 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3330 (6M Cache, up to 3.0 GHz)
- 8GB (2 X 4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 up to 1600MHz
- 1TB SATA 3Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache
- Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit
- 1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660