UNITED STATES
                             Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


        Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 22, 2006


                                    Dell Inc.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

             Delaware                0-17017                74-2487834
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                      One Dell Way, Round Rock, Texas 78682
              (Address of principal executive offices) (zip code)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (512) 338-4400

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Item 8.01 Other Events. On March 22, 2006, Dell Inc. issued a press release announcing the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Alienware Corporation. The planned acquisition will not be final until all regulatory and other closing conditions are met. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report. Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits. (c) Exhibits. The following exhibit is furnished as part of this report: Exhibit 99.1 -- Press Release issued by Dell Inc., dated March 22, 2006. 2

SIGNATURES Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized. DELL INC. Date: March 23, 2006 By: /s/ Lawrence P. Tu ----------------------------------------- Lawrence P. Tu Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary 3

EXHIBIT INDEX Exhibit No. Description of Exhibit --- ---------------------- 99.1 -- Press Release issued by Dell Inc., dated March 22, 2006. 4

                                                                    EXHIBIT 99.1

    Dell Enhances its Commitment to High-Performance Computing with Planned
 Acquisition of Alienware Corporation; Alienware Will Operate as a Wholly Owned
                      Subsidiary Under Existing Management

    ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 22, 2006--Dell
(NASDAQ:DELL) announced today it has entered into a definitive
agreement to acquire Alienware to further satisfy the growing number
of consumers and businesses seeking the highest-performance PC
products, including those used for gaming and multimedia digital
content management. Terms of the planned purchase will not be
    Dell said Alienware will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary
following completion of the transaction and will maintain its own
product development, product marketing, sales, technical support and
other operations as well as brand. The management and founders of
Alienware will continue to operate the company as a standalone unit of
    "Alienware's products are an excellent complement to Dell's own
line of high-performance computers designed for gaming, enthusiast and
media content customers. In addition to offering high-quality,
high-performance products, Alienware has tremendous brand appeal with
consumers and creative business professionals," said Michael Dell,
    "Alienware has a legacy of success designing the
highest-performance PCs using bleeding-edge technologies and
innovative industrial design," said Nelson Gonzalez, CEO of Alienware.
"We believe that Alienware will realize significant advantages from
Dell's world-class supply chain and operational efficiencies. They
will allow us to continue to satisfy our core customers with the most
innovative and highest-performing PCs, and ultimately extend the reach
and appeal of the Alienware brand."

    About Dell

    Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) listens to customers and delivers
innovative technology and services they trust and value. Uniquely
enabled by its direct business model, Dell sells more systems globally
than any computer company, placing it No. 28 on the Fortune 500.
Company revenue for the last four quarters was $56 billion. For more
information, visit www.dell.com. To get Dell news direct, visit

    About Alienware

    Alienware offers unique and award-winning technology products that
incorporate state-of-the-art components, innovative engineering and
design, and unprecedented customer service. Alienware has been
recognized by INC 500 as one of the fastest growing private companies
in the US, won the Shoppers Choice Award as the Best Performance
Desktop by Computer Shopper's reader survey and also received a PC
Magazine's Reader's Choice Award in its 18th Annual Reader Survey.
Alienware systems are available direct within the United States,
Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. For more information, please visit
www.Alienware.com/business or call 1-800-ALIENWARE (254-3692).

    CONTACT: Dell, Round Rock
             Jess Blackburn, 512-725-0187
             Bob Pearson, 512-728-3256
             Winnie Wong, 305-251-9797, ext. 4532
             Mark Vena, 305-251-9797, ext. 4610