Alienware's 11.6-inch gaming notebook is now up for preorder, and more importantly, its inner-workings have been made public. Sadly, the base $799 system is meeker than we hoped, carrying a 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU4100 processor, 2GB of DDR3 800MHz RAM, a 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT335M GPU, and a 160GB 5400RPM HDD.

Scaling up from that is a 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo SU7300 (an extra $100), 4GB or 8GB of RAM ($50 or $350), 250GB to 500GB ($50 to $150) of disk storage or a 256GB SSD ($570). Other specs include a 1.3 megapixel webcam, 5.1 HD audio, optional Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 3G mobile broadband through AT&T or Verizon, and an external optical drive.

The M11x offers Windows 7 Home Premium x64 by default, but Professional and Ultimate are also available. Systems ordered now have a preliminary ship date of March 1.