By David Ponce
When we saw the HD preview footage of Battlefield 3, we got excited: graphics looked amazing. But when we played the console version, we cried gamer’s tears: it was nothing like the previews. No doubt these had been generated on a PC rather than on a console and the difference highlights just how much processing power can be crammed into a desktop computer. The liquid-cooled Alienware Aurora is a serious rig, sporting a 2nd Gen Core i7 3.4GHz Quad-core processor as well as dual GeForce GT 545 cards in SLI configuration. Coming in the smaller MicroATCX form factor, the Aurora also runs 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, DVD burner and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS. Sure, there are machines with more more power around, but for $1,199 after a $430 slash, it’s not a bad deal.