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Hey all! I've been looking at an auction site today as there's some decent stuff up for grabs, and they've got a bunch of Alienware PCs that might be had for a decent deal depending on the bids. Thing is, I'm not sure exactly what's in them. The lot says "Computer Tower Intel Core i7 8th Gen" and that's it. I know these PCs were used in an esports training program, so there's definitely a graphics card in there, and maybe an SSD. Was curious if anyone could identify the skew of product based on the chasis. Obviously there's no way to know for sure what's in it until it's purchased, but even knowing the range of options available from Alienware's prebuilt configurator from around the time this was on the market could likely narrow it down and help me value these appropriately.

Any thoughts? Alienware's site only shows their most current models, so I can't seem to find a good way to track down the model based on the image alone. From some googling it seems like it's an Aurora skew. The 8th gen processor maybe implies a 10 series nvidia card?

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Is there any guarantee that the PC's are complete with all their original parts? GPU's and SSD's could have been cannibalized. 

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Just now, Den-Fi said:

Are the service tags not accessible?

They could have been custom ordered from Dell, so eyeballing the chassis isn't all that useful.

Not as far as I can tell. The auction is all online, and the only picture I have is the one I shared, and the only details on the lot was the "Corei7 8th gen" descriptor. Seems to be a flash liquidation of the place. Lots of TVs that don't even have model numbers, and random furniture and other stuff just listed by basic descriptors. These are listed at a pretty low price, likely because there's very little info on what you're getting. Was curious if I could narrow it down a bit and hedge my bets.

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1 minute ago, Cptn.Canuck said:

Not as far as I can tell. The auction is all online, and the only picture I have is the one I shared, and the only details on the lot was the "Corei7 8th gen" descriptor. Seems to be a flash liquidation of the place. Lots of TVs that don't even have model numbers, and random furniture and other stuff just listed by basic descriptors. These are listed at a pretty low price, likely because there's very little info on what you're getting. Was curious if I could narrow it down a bit and hedge my bets.

Gotcha. Would have at least had a chance of identifying the GPU from the back, but not much to see from the front. It's eSport, so for all we know it could be a GTX 1650 in there depending on the games.

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Looks like an Aurora:

 

https://www.dell.com/lt/p/alienware-aurora-r7-desktop/pd

 

This page seems to outline the SKUs, however there's no guarantee that there aren't more not listed here. Could also be a custom product as previously mentioned. As it says though, it could be anything from a single RX 560 to dual 1080tis.

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Kinda looks like an Aurora R7, which came with a GTX 1060 and up (1070, 1080 Ti) it seems.

Could also be an R5, which came with an i5 8400 and a 1050 Ti.

 

But who knows what is actually in these machines. For all we know these are three empty Aurora R7 cases :P or maybe the videocards were taken out already, you never know.

I'm always a bit nervous with these kind of auctions, you just never know what is in these machines.

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No way to know unfortunately, you'll just have to roll the dice. If they're cheap enough, might be worth the risk.

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You might get a right result, OP, or receive an empty case.

 

I'd try to ascertain exactly what will be in the case when it's sent to you, otherwise, personally, I say pass.

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Right on, thanks for all the replies guys. Mostly what I had assumed, but the links to the skews for that model have been pretty helpful. I'll keep an eye on where the bids go for these. If one of them could be had in the $400 range, it might be a worthwhile gamble. I've seen auctions like this just blow prices up past even retail pricing, so there's a chance that it's not even worth it if there was something good inside.

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1 hour ago, Cptn.Canuck said:

I've seen auctions like this just blow prices up past even retail pricing, so there's a chance that it's not even worth it if there was something good inside.

Basically the NCIX liquidation auction lol.

 

 

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