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Alienware unveils X51 small form factor gaming PC

By Jos
Jan 18, 2012
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  1. Alienware has announced a small form-factor PC designed to give consumers gaming power in a compact box that will fit nicely the living room. The X51 is about a third…

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,524   +324

    That looks really cool! If anyone could pull this off it would be Alienware.
     
  3. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    I agree burty, it can have multitudes of usage too!
     
  4. Never ever purchase an Alienware... the service is pathetic, they don't have replacement parts, and Dell owns them.
     
  5. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    That's actually a lot more reasonably priced than expected from Alienware... although they really should have included an SSD option to make it a bit more like a console.
     
  6. Who cares. Why pay such a premium to play games in my living room when a console like xbox or ps are way cheaper? Why risk having to deal with unstable nvidia graphics drivers? Why pay so much for a crappy i3 processor? If you want this for media purposes beyond gaming, there are more reliable, more powerful options available for better value.
     
  7. A Core i3 and gt545 for gaming?
     
  8. "Who cares. Why pay such a premium to play games in my living room when a console like xbox or ps are way cheaper? "

    Once you have a half decent pc you can upgrade it to a gaming pc for the cost of a console but with at least 4 times better, in framerate and quality, graphics. Oh, and you have a rocket of a pc. Of course, if you don't care to much about pc gaming and you want to sit in a couch, well, you don't care for gaming on your pc.
     
  9. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 641   +118

    1.Because pc games are very different from console games.
    2. "Crappy i3 processor" is better than any console processor out there.
    3. What more reliable, powerful options are available? You can't really compare consoles with desktop as they serve different purposes to a degree. I find the price premium for a desktop well worth it. Kudos to Alienware for making a sharp looking product that seems to have good specs with a price that actually seems reasonable.
     
  10. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 944   +110

    Nothing special here, would of had a 560Ti version. I'd be surprised to see BF3 running on the base system at 34 FPS.
     
  11. Works as a nice HTPC too I bet. Replace my Zino! See if I can sell mine! LOL Alienware is pretty decent. I do have their M11X and they had to replace the mobo but they came out right away to do it ...next day onsite service.
     
     
  12. I wouldn't buy anything with an Intel processor and nothing that Dell had anything to do with. Remember the anti-trust underhanded deal Intel made with Dell to stiffle AMD? Yeah, that's why, plus AMD has always been better, faster and cheaper because they don't have the advertising budget that Intel does.
     
  13. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,286   +232

    This is a decent spec for a low-end gaming/HTPC niche, which is smart for Alienware. They take care of the top end gamers, but the casual crowd has been largely ignored (except for with the laptops, they are more universal). I'm sure it's no coincidence that it has a console look and feel to it, and the price point is actually pretty decent for appealing to a much wider audience.

    And, as Ranger12 was pointing out, the hardware isn't pathetic... Unless you are a hardcore gamer, in which case I'm sure you scoffed and turned up your nose immediately. This isn't built for upgrading, overclocking, modding... It's aimed at more of a "just a plug it in, play on it, buy a new one when you need to upgrade" consumer crowd... Just like consoles... May be one of the smartest moves the Alienware brand has made in a while, if they market it right.
     
  14. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 904   +239

    Dell bought Alienware out years ago. Their products have been subpar and overpriced since.

    What's left of the real Alienware is now Origin PC.
     
  15. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 521   +8

    Alienware used to be good, until they took a Dell in their guts. and looking from the experience side, the only good things from Alienware are their cases...
     
  16. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,266   +42


    oh they weren't overpriced before?
     
  17. blueskull85

    blueskull85 TS Rookie

    That is nice ... would be great addition to there line of computers
     
  18. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 946   +22

    I find my new AMD Athlon 2 core processor to exhibit far better performance, especially in startup where it counts, (seems like it has an ssd, but doesn't), than my 2 core Intel dual core and it's only 0.6 Ghz faster. Is it the DDR3 compared to DDR2, because it's just like lightening!? I will be using it for gaming, but use it as an htpc now.
     
  19. You are right. Those who say that an AMD solution is not up to the task, either are stubborn people, or they haven't tested a machine with an AMD processor. I, for example, use at work a system with an Intel E5300 processor at 2.6Ghz, and have at home a PC with an AMD Athlon X2 240 at 2.8Ghz. I seriously haven't seen any sort of difference in stability, performance or something that would make Intel better than AMD.
    The same can be said for higher-end configurations, of course, until one point, where Intel doesn't have competition.
     
  20. DanUK

    DanUK TS Enthusiast Posts: 196   +8

    Nonsense. Sure they have more budget chips but if you have a bit more cash then intel completely blow AMD chips out of the water (even the mid range cheaper ones..)
     
  21. AlienOverlord

    AlienOverlord TS Rookie Posts: 27

    I like the size of this. I currently have a huge tower that is mostly empty. I want to make a middle of the road PC with a small case like this that is hopefully quiet and keeps dust out but looking at the choices in the product finder they all seem huge and designed for high end dual GPU set ups. Any suggestions on a ~$100 case?
     
  22. "... mouse and keyboard peripherals are not included in the base model." This is true, although you can add the "Alienware multi-media keyboard" and the "Alienware optical mouse, MG100" for free, you just have to select them, as no keyboard and no mouse are the defaults.
     
  23. jester376

    jester376 TS Enthusiast Posts: 53

    While I would love to see Dell get wiped off the face of the computer world with you, you need to let your ego go and realize the brilliance here in Alienware's creation.
     
  24. jester376

    jester376 TS Enthusiast Posts: 53

    Agreed, Nonsense. While AMD has been the first on the ball for making multi-core processors before most other companies, companies like Intel took the extra time to try to perfect those processors. If you don't notice any difference, then one of the two things, either your a ***** or you just haven't tested enough of either of them to know. Don't get me wrong, there are some AMD creations that I enjoy, like the Phenom II Quad-Core Series and the FX Series, and how I seen them smoke some of Intel's processors. However, most of their processors aren't really head to know with Intel's processors on an average basis.
     


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