I bought this Alienware Aurora R5 from Best Buy in November of 2016.
It has never yet let me down in any way. Rock solid, and still performs well.
I was worried that the 480 watt PSU would be a bit under-sized, but this rig gets used every day, and I’ve added two more hard drives, and no problems. Since I bought it, Dell has released two BIOS updates for it, which installed smoothly just by clicking the button.
Four complaints I have though (even though they’ve never affected me negatively):
- Single stick of 16 GB ram was used. Plenty of open channels, and yet they used a single stick.
- PSU seems small, but works just fine.
- Case uses too much plastic.
- Came with one m.2 ssd and one hard drive, but no physical place to mount additional desktop hard drives. Plenty of places to install SSD’s and/or laptop drives though, so I installed two more laptop drives.
EDIT: Best Buy apparently doesn’t sell the same Aurora R5 as the one I bought anymore, so the one I linked to is actually the updated version, the Aurora R7, which has the Intel core i7 8700, and also fixed the single channel memory problem I mentioned by using two 8 gig sticks. It is also clearance priced.