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#933370 - 01/03/14 12:30 PM What do you think about the Alienware X51 <Update>Jan,16th
Darleen03 Offline
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Hi Everyone

I am looking into buying a new computer with the basic objective for gaming...

What do you think about this one...

It comes with everything, but I will choose windows 7...




Alienware X51 (R2) (AX51R2-5730BK)
at a glance...
•Processor: 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4440 (6MB Cache, up to 3.30 GHz w/Turbo Boost)
•Display: No Monitor
•Operating system: Windows 8 Home, English
•Memory (RAM): 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600Mhz
•Optical drive: Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
•Video graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 645
•Media card reader: No Media Card Reader, includes USB 3.0
•Bluetooth®: Bluetooth - No
•Audio: Internal High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio with Waves MaxxAudio®
•Preinstalled software: McAfee TPeaks Live Safe - 30 Day, Microsoft® Office Trial (OTR13), CMS - Cyberlink Media Suite Essentials for Blu Ray, ALIENWARE™ COMMAND CENTER, Liquid Cooling - No


Edited by Darleen03 (01/16/14 08:01 PM)
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#933391 - 01/03/14 01:30 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Darleen03]
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Is that the skinny one that looks like this?
http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-x51-r2/pd.aspx

For an Alienware, that GTX 645 video card is sort of low end.
But I'd actually be a little worried about putting a faster (and hotter) video card in such a tiny case, even if Dell/Alienware lists a faster card as an option. It's likely that you wouldn't be able to replace the card yourself with a faster card, depending on how they designed it. There may be a difference in the motherboard between the low end and high end card models.

Depending on what types of games you play, it may be OK. If you play any darkside games, I'd recommend you get something with more "Oomph." The upcoming Sherlock Holmes may stress the 645 (though you may be able to turn down graphics in the game options enough that it will play). You notice Alienware's "gamer recommended" version of the X51 has a different video card than the GTX 645.

It should be able to play most adventure games, though, and if you like the appearance, that's something you have to decide for yourself. But it's not the best "bang for the buck." You're paying for style and brand name.

The lowest price Alienware Aurora (larger size computer case) comes with a Geforce GTX 680, which is a much faster card than the 645. Unless you like the little alien on the case, you could do as good for less money elsewhere. If you do like the alien case, watch out for Alienware coupons online.

Bottom line is whether the Alienware "look" is important to you and what type of games you intend to play.

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#933397 - 01/03/14 01:42 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Darleen03]
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And check out this spec which is the same for even the high end X51. This sounds pretty puny to me for any of these configurations. Heat in that little case would be a concern for me too... But it does look good!

Power
Alienware™ 240 Watt Power Supply (Standard)
Alienware™ 330 Watt Power Supply
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#933402 - 01/03/14 01:59 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Draclvr]
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Thanks ,Jenny ..Yes that's the one.....

I don't play dark side games....except for Diablo 3....Mostly adventure....

Thanks ,Drac....I am hoping I won't need to worry about the heat...

My nephew just got an alienware Laptop for Christmas, and the graphics are outstanding....

I was impressed with Call Of Duty Ghost on the system...

On my Xp my video card is a GeForce 8600 GT... which gave me so many problems trying to play the new Adventurer games...

The only Con: with the system is that you can't upgrade...There are no slots for that...

Also.. I just talked to my brother who bought my nephew the Laptop....He said that heat is a factor with laptops as well....The area where you put the system should be well ventilated....

Xbox 360 also has a heat problem....My husband gets nuts with first person shooters....Every once in a while he has to shut it down to cool....


Edited by Darleen03 (01/03/14 02:21 PM)
Edit Reason: forgot something
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#933414 - 01/03/14 02:44 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Darleen03]
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Originally Posted By: Darleen03
On my Xp my video card is a GeForce 8600 GT... which gave me so many problems trying to play the new Adventurer games...

Well it's a very old card now -- 6 or 7 years old -- old for a video card if you intend to play current games, many of which have gone to 3D. It still works well for casuals though (unlike certain Intel graphics).

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#933415 - 01/03/14 02:58 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Jenny100]
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Thanks, Jenny

Plus with Alienware..I can trade up years from now..As long as I keep all the paperwork...I will be able to trade the X51 for a better system....

I am just so tired of worrying all the time if a game will play on my computer...

Now a days games are getting more expensive... Its a bummer when you pay $60.00 ,and you have several problems...

I am praying this computer lives up to the hype.... My nephew loves his.. hearts
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#933426 - 01/03/14 03:52 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Darleen03]
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Do you know what graphics his laptop uses?
Even the Alienware 14 laptop has a minimum of a GeForce GT 750M.

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#933441 - 01/03/14 05:00 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Jenny100]
Darleen03 Offline
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He has alienware 17

These are his Specs on the card.. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M with 3GB GDDR5
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#933442 - 01/03/14 05:03 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Darleen03]
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That's a LOT better card than the GTX 645.
It's not surprising he likes that laptop.

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#933448 - 01/03/14 05:11 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Darleen03]
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I'd also have some concern about that puny power supply.
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#933449 - 01/03/14 05:11 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Jenny100]
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Well he plays alot of shooters.....

I really didn't want to spend that kind of money...Cause I bought Microsoft Office too...

The unit came to 1,099.00....Free shipping...Hope I love it... hearts

Drac... I had puny power supplies on both windows 98 ,and Xp computers....I never had a power problem...


Edited by Darleen03 (01/03/14 05:13 PM)
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#933631 - 01/04/14 07:25 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Darleen03]
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OK I was really concerned about the video card...So I bought this one....

What do you think????



Alienware X51
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
Memory 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600Mhz
Keyboard Alienware Multi-Media Keyboard
Monitor No Monitor
Video Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 Ti with 2GB GDDR5
Driver WLAN Card DW1506 Driver
Hard Drive 2TB SATA 6Gb/s (7,200RPM) 64MB Cache
Chassis Color Matte Stealth Black with Dark Chrome Accents
Mouse Alienware Standard Optical Mouse
Optical Drive Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
Wireless DW 1506 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi Wireless LAN
Cable US Power Cord
Documentation/Disks English Documentation DAO
Support 1 Year Alienware Basic Support
Systems Management Alienware Command Center 3.0
Resource DVD Alienware X51 Resource DVD
Placemat Setup Instructions, English
Retail Software Dell.com Order
Processor 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4440 Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.30 GHz w/Intel® Turbo Boost)
Retail Packing Label Dell.com Order
Color Choice AlienFX System Lighting - Nebula Aqua
Packaging Ship Material
FGA Module ANDRO1405_044/1501_014B/BTO
Optical Software Power DVD 9.6 BD, 3D,V2
Accessories Batman: Arkham Origins FREE with purchase of select GeForce GTX GPU-powered desktops
Regulatory Label Label Structured in Addl SW
CFI Included (Smart Selection) CFI Not Included
Hard Drive Software No SSD SW Required
Labels Label Structured in Addl SW
Office Productivity Software Microsoft Office Trial
Non-Microsoft Application Software Additional Software, Windows 7
Security Software NO VIRUS PROTECTION REQUESTED
Power Supply Alienware 330 Watt Power Supply
Operating System Recovery Options Windows 8 Recovery Disk Not Included


Please tell me you all like it.... cry12
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#933643 - 01/04/14 09:03 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Darleen03]
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Originally Posted By: Darleen03
Video Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 Ti with 2GB GDDR5

Well that's a better video card than the 645.
It should be able to play your adventure games for you.
The Dell version of the GTX 760 is not as fast as the retail version and takes less power, which is why the 330 Watt power supply works with it.

Are you going to play Batman: Arkham Origins now? :)

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#933647 - 01/04/14 09:20 PM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Jenny100]
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No way... Jenny..It comes with the system......I just want a SUPER Gaming Computer...I Hope...

I was very concerned about the power supply like, Drac said.....I don't want problems down the road....

Thank You All.....For your input...It was very Helpful....BUT ..Where was Inland? duh12
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#933686 - 01/05/14 10:12 AM Re: What do you think about the Alienware X51 [Re: Darleen03]
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Originally Posted By: Darleen03
No way... Jenny..It comes with the system......I just want a SUPER Gaming Computer...I Hope...

I was very concerned about the power supply like, Drac said.....I don't want problems down the road....

Thank You All.....For your input...It was very Helpful....BUT ..Where was Inland? duh12


redface12 The wife was out of town for a week - I never realized just how busy the home chores kept you away from things.

Like the others have stated, with the exception of the PSU the rig looks fine. If you don't plan on adding and hardware upgrades, you should be just fine.

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