Alienware X51

#1 Edited by Wuddel (2090 posts) -

Wow. Pretty sure this will be my new computer once I need an upgrade. I have an enormous tower next to my 46" TV. I so wished it would be smaller and much quieter, and sit in the rack with the PS3 and the Apple TV. Actually I hope this trends picks up so we get a variety of systems, because I do not like the Alienware-Flash. I would prefer it to be just a big black unmarked box. But still ...

EDIT: Forgot to add some specs just copy and paste from Engadget.

Alienware X51 Product Specifications:

  • Intel Core i3 Dual Core (standard) and Intel Core i5 and i7 Quad Core Processor Options
  • Intel H61 Express Chipset Architecture
  • Mini-ITX Motherboard
  • Powerful NVIDIA Graphics Card Options
    • 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 (Standard)
    • 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555
  • Configure with up to 8GB of DDR3 Memory (4GB Standard); 2x 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM Slots
  • Fast 7,200RPM 1TB Hard Drive
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (Standard) or optional Blu-ray Disc Reader
  • Internal High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio with Waves MAXX Audio Software
  • Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet NIC and Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wireless LAN (standard)
  • USB 2.0 (6x); USB 3.0 (2x); Microphone In; Headphone/Speaker Out; HDMI 1.4 Output; RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet; Front, Rear and Center Speaker Ports; SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK); SPDIF Digital Output (Coax)
  • Alienware 240 Watt Power Supply (Standard) or optional 330 Watt Power Supply
  • Dual-orientation tower system dimensions: h: 13.5" (343mm) x w: 3.74" (95mm) x d: 12.52" (318mm)
  • Starting Weight: 12.1 lbs. (5.49 Kg.)
#2 Posted by david3cm (635 posts) -

Sweet, I guess... is this all the information on this product, any actual tech specs or just dimensions? I do like the somewhat sleeker design compared to Alienware's usual gaudy machines.

#3 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@Wuddel: That's like posting the picture of a door and saying it's your new house. What do its guts look like?

#4 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1726 posts) -

I don't think you'll get a very positive response to posting Alienware kit. 

#5 Posted by Wuddel (2090 posts) -

@Ravenlight: Added that.

@Vegetable_Side_Dish: I really like more the concept of the very small, "no compromise" PC.

#6 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1726 posts) -
@Wuddel: That's fine, as long as you're prepared to pay a hefty sum for it. 
#7 Posted by Wuddel (2090 posts) -

@Vegetable_Side_Dish: That's not really an issue as long as it does what it wants. They should add decibel values to such machine specs though.

#8 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@Wuddel:

You do all of your PC gaming and web browsing from your couch? We truly live in a blessed age.

#9 Posted by bybeach (4784 posts) -

@Wuddel said:

@Ravenlight: Added that.

@Vegetable_Side_Dish: I really like more the concept of the very small, "no compromise" PC.

Size matters in the long run, unfortunatly. But if the Alien laptop isn't expected to do too much, I do understand. In fact I was thinking laptop myself, but settled for my self-built tower. Otherwise I would have done what you have with some kind of decent laptop, and gotten a larger display (was thinking of the 27 inch dell ultra-sharp) in the den. I decided I will upgrade my tv (old now Samsung Dlp) in a few years...maybe. I've got Blueray w/the PS 3. on a shelf rack I bought at an on-line store.

#10 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

I would much rather build my own than have some overpriced Alienware monstrosity to be honest. I don't like flashy or glossy cases at all.

Edit: the 545/555s are not particularly great cards. You can build fairly small PCs without having to settle for inferior hardware.

Get a nice little HTPC case, some of them look really nice and aren't massive or anything, plenty of space for a good card like a 560ti/570/580...etc

@Wuddel said:

@Vegetable_Side_Dish: I really like more the concept of the very small, "no compromise" PC.

The graphics cards are compromises, all the information I'm finding paints the 545/555 as mobile cards, the 555M can't achieve 60 FPS playing BF3 on all low. That's kind of really bad.

Maybe the 555 isn't out yet and that's why I can only find stuff on the 555M. But yeah if it's the 555M these things come with then that's a bad deal.

#11 Posted by Wuddel (2090 posts) -

@Ravenlight: Not really getting the irony here. Why not. Yeah I do all my gaming for an armchair actually. Even with M&K games this was not a tiresome as I expected it to be. I have a MacBook Pro for all my normal computer needs though. I can understand that no one would work like that.

@bybeach: I think this presents an interesting middle ground. You save the money for the laptop display and the bigger case allows for more horse power.

#12 Edited by AlexW00d (6235 posts) -

That's a pretty shitty spec sheet though, and it will cost a hell of a lot of money knowing Alienware. You can just build yourself a HTPC with good components and it will essentially be the same thing, but better and cheaper.

#13 Posted by Towers (96 posts) -

http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/121/1216714p1.html

  • Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz (3MB Cache), 1GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GT 545, 4GB RAM: $699
  • Intel Core i5-2320 3.0GHz (6MB Cache), 1GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GT 545, 8GB RAM: $899
  • Intel Core i5-2320 3.0GHz (6MB Cache), 1GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 555, 6GB RAM: $949
  • Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz (8MB Cache), 1GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 555, 8GB RAM: $1,149
  • Yeah, I'm not paying that much for a computer that can't be upgraded that plays BF3 at 30FPS. Not to mention the cooling...

    #14 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

    @Wuddel said:

    @Ravenlight: Not really getting the irony here. Why not. Yeah I do all my gaming for an armchair actually. Even with M&K games this was not a tiresome as I expected it to be. I have a MacBook Pro for all my normal computer needs though. I can understand that no one would work like that.

    Not actually irony, though I should have probably written it better to reflect what I meant :/ I'm actually a little jealous of your sweet setup, duder :D

    I'd suggest building your own box but you seem set on a pre-build PC. Which is fine but I don't have any recommendation on that front.

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