what to consider when buying a gaming PC


New Member
Nov 21, 2014
Hi all, newbie here...

I am planning to buy a gaming PC for my 13 yo son for christmas and I have narrowed my search to AlienWare. I am looking at the $1699 version of the Area-51 with the ram upgraded to 16mb. I have a few questions and I'm not really sure where to begin, so here goes.
1.) What do I need to be aware of when purchasing?
2.) Whats the advantage of the Area-51 over other PC's? (aside from looking cool)

Right now, thats all I can think of...I know I am gonna have more questions.