I guess that's your choice to throw a heap of money on stuff you don't care to take the time to learn about. Kind of a shame really, though. All those companies take people (like you) for a trip to the cleaners.
That's a little unfair IMO. People pay more for services they could have cheaper if they did it themselves all the time. You could cook any restaurant meal for a fraction of the price if you learn how and take the time to do it. You and your friends/family could learn to cut each others' hair and avoid paying the barber/hair dresser every few weeks. You could learn to fix your car and avoid ever taking it to the shop. I've built a few computers before and I'd probably never buy a prebuilt again at this point, but I find it a little snobby to look down on anyone who'd prefer not to.
EDIT: By the way, to the thread creator, ibuypower.com is pretty decent for custom built PCs. The Alienware isn't terribly priced (and it comes with a very small form factor, similar to a console, if that's a plus for you) but the video card is a little weak. I threw in similar specs to the Alienware on ibuypower and added a gtx 560 and 650w PSU, and it came to $786. It'd cost more, but that GPU upgrade is pretty decently significant and that's one of the deciding factors when it comes to gaming performance. You can of course, upgrade and downgrade parts as you see fit and it'd effect the price. If that's something that appeals to you, you might consider giving it a try. Edited, Feb 8th 2012 6:54am by Susanoh