Honestly the big difference between this and an alienware is the case, I also checked out origin pc they have great specs but seriously awful cases. For me the case is what makes this computer its actually thinner than a 17" MBP, I don't need crazy mobility, but I do need to take this to clients and work on site sometimes. I have a 27" samsung screen already. I contacted them and they will void the warranty if I upgrade any parts, so the first two years the specs will remain the same, afterwards I will throw in 16gb of corsair vengance and a bigger SSD. 64gb will be for windows and cad, solidworks, thats it.