I've had two computers from Alienware. The last of which I got about 6 years ago. Relative to other companies who make gaming PCs, it wasn't that expensive. I think Alienware has that overpriced/crappy reputation because it was the first company that became really popular specializing in gaming PCs when most PC gamers would pride themselves in building their own and having to tweek/upgrade so often. It's just leftover sentiment from when PC gaming was dominated by snark and elitism. Check out their site.