Dell Alienware Area-51 Core i7-980 X Infused Gaming PC

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When you think about the market for a pre-built, proverbial "Killer Gaming Rig," you have to consider the class of consumer that would have interest in this type of system. For the most part, the average do-it-yourselfer isn't going to take much interest here, save for perhaps the appreciation of all the bleeding-edge technology and design quality that is the hallmark of such a system.  That said, there is obviously a significant market opportunity for consumers that want top-of-the line components and build quality for enthusiast-class gaming performance and head-turning aesthetics, without the hassle of going at it the home-grown way.  Dell obviously saw this market opportunity when they snatched up the then not-so boutique system builder Alienware, back in March of 2006.

Historically, Alienware had been known for the same impeccable build quality and top-shelf components that put many a performance PC start-up on the map.  However their chassis designs were a bit over the top for some folks to handle.  With a pair of bulbous alien eyes looking back at you like a hood ornament with a bad attitude and bubbly, rounded high gloss chassis designs, Alienware machines were a "you either love 'em or hate 'em" sort of thing.  That said, four years later, Dell has managed to assimilate the Alienware colony and what has emerged is a significantly more refined and stylish chassis design along with the same bleeding edge component selection and build quality.

Also, being one of Intel's large customers, Dell more recently afforded their Alienware division the inside track on Intel's benchmark crushing Core i7-980X Gulftown 6-core processor and the resources to get it validated for delivery to market quickly.  We've had the new Dell Alienware Area-51 in for testing for a week now and have spent some quality time with the machine, helping it break its first sweat, globally we might add.  In the following pages we're happy to give you a first look at what Dell likes to think of as their Killer Alien gaming rig.  First we'll serve you up a quick video preview and then make sure to journey on for a deep dive look and benchmark analysis of the new Alienware Area-51 gaming PC.


Don't miss our deep-dive look and detailed performance analysis on the pages that follow...

Alienware Area-51 Gaming PC
System Specifications

  • Core i7-980 X 6-Core Processor - 3.33GHz
  • Alienware  High-Performance Liquid Cooling - Self Contained
  • 3.8GHz and 4GHz Factory Overclocks
  • Alienware  Approved Intel  X58 ATX Motherboard
  • 6GB DDR3-1333 System Memory
  • 2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 - 1TB Hard Drives RAID 0
  • Dual 2GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon  HD 5970 - ATI CrossFireX & DirectX 11 Enabled
  • 6X Dual Layer Blu-ray Disc  Burner (BD-RE, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
  • Alienware approved 1100 Watt, multi-GPU Power Supply
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Base Price $1999;  $4569 - as tested with keyboard and mouse


A quick rundown of the system specs let you know that the build-out we received means business.  From the Core i7-980X, with its self contained water cooler to its dual Radeon HD 5970 graphics card with 4 high-end AMD ATI graphics processors under the hood, this machine is hell-bent for high frame rates and very little compromise.  In graphics cards and Intel processors alone, you're looking at $2200 - $2300 worth of components.  The "as tested" price for our system comes into focus a bit more when you consider the horsepower under its hood, though we might suggest an SSD might have been in order as a boot drive, though there are obvious pros and cons to this, not the least of which is added cost.  Regardless with a pair of Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB drives in RAID 0 and 6GB of DDR3-1333 memory on board, this machine is well-rounded enough in all the right places.  If you're looking for bone-crushing gaming performance or perhaps a workstation that looks good and tears through just about anything you can throw at it, the Area-51 model we'll show you in the pages ahead, should fit the bill nicely.

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kasel23 4 years ago

I really like the case. That thing looks heavy. Strongly considering getting a pre-made system like this rather than doing my own for once. They've become pretty affordable. I remember when you couldn't get a good Alienware system for under 3 grand.

Dammonritter 3 years ago

I don't know I think I will stick to upgrading my own for now. I have a core i7 so I am up to date for a while atleast. I wan't to wait for something that really catches my attention. Although this case is awesome, I could use it to weigh down my car in the winter.  

jsudds 3 years ago

Wow.Dig.

la_guy_10 4 years ago

I have always admired the aggressive look of the Alienware case as there is no mistaking that alien head with the glowing eyes, you knows its a top of the line rig for its time. The numbers of this sick core i7-980X speak for themselves!!!! No need to guess this bad boy has top quality components throughout. The vents on the top add some flair as well. Top it off this baby is watercooled with a warranty for those who are uneasy about going at it alone. If you got the money or just don't want to assemble a rig yourself and want a sick looking one of a kind warranty head turner, this is one of the best on the market today.Yes

Norton 4 years ago

I love Alienware & Origin - Love my M15x and my next desktop will be Alienware as well, Origin is just too expensive for me still.

recoveringknowitall 4 years ago

HFS... this beast weighs 84lbs!!!

Mike Coyne 4 years ago

What a nice Dell Alienware Area 51 System! I did read whole story about it. Very Impressed with performance at 4.3 GHz on Intel I7 980X. I think it did performance better with water cooling system.

RyuGTX 4 years ago

I think it is a big improvement over the usual Alienware cases. The classic one had a lot of plastic on it and the airflow in those cases was barely average in my opinion.

Only 3 DIMM slots...? I know I know, that should be enough. But you got an Intel 980X, 2x 5970s, 1100w psu, and a water cooling kit with a custom Alienware logo. Couldn't spend a little more on a board with 6 DIMM slots?

 

So when is HP coming out with their i7 980X beast? Would love to see the next Blackbird.

Inspector 4 years ago

YES! :) the review is finally here. :) it has been waited for since the announcement of HH getting this xD

Compared to Dave sitting down there... THAT IS HUGE! (:D) (Was that screen on the case edited in or was it really attached there??? Smile) I love the color changing option here. JUST WISH I CAN HAVE IT :( lol

That alien was suppose to be our next sweepstakes :( lol! What do you guys do with the computer after reviewing it anyways? Do you guys have to ship it back or do you keep it???

Fargbus 4 years ago

This case looks awesome. I've never been a big fan of Alienware, though.

Devhux 4 years ago

Wow! I thought my friend's watercooled rig was heavy at 60 pounds.  This one's 84 pounds and sure looks the part!

Impressive system, but way out of my price range.

until240 4 years ago

no ssd?

only 6gb 1333?

nice case tho.

Inspector 4 years ago

Why do people expect the top of the line computer every time? Its for a review and they don't have to make it all that as its already pricey enough. If you want more ram... Fork out 600 bucks and get your self 12 GB, SSD you say? How about another 1000 for 512GB? There are higher options you can pick form AlienWare but its going to cost you.

RyuGTX 4 years ago

[quote user="Inspector"]

Why do people expect the top of the line computer every time? Its for a review and they don't have to make it all that as its already pricey enough. If you want more ram... Fork out 600 bucks and get your self 12 GB, SSD you say? How about another 1000 for 512GB? There are higher options you can pick form AlienWare but its going to cost you.

[/quote]

All I asked for was a better motherboard so people don't have to buy expensive 12GB kits (4x3GB) and throw aside the 6GB currently sitting inside.

realneil 4 years ago

I just saw the review of this system. And as they said, you have to pay to play. Allot of us could build a nuts and bolts system to compete speed wise with this, but the case design, while a little Fugly to me, is something you just can't get elsewhere. The Hard disk storage area is a cool idea along with the way they connect. (no cables to deal with) BTW Dave: How are the drives connected to the Mainboard? Are there cables on the backside of the drive storage area running from the case side to the Mainboard SATA connectors? Is it possible to populate all of the drive spaces with the Mainboard provided? (8 Hard Drives?)

The customizable lighting array is something that I may not rush out and buy, but I would certainly play with it if it were mine. The louvered exhaust slats along the top edge are a little 'gimmicky' but at the same time they're functional too.

All in all, if I had the cash to spare and no time to build my own, I could see buying this unit because it is a quality build. It's a moot point though, because I'm not so cash infused these days,.....LOL!

barmmer 4 years ago

Let that be a lesson to you. Don't be a sucker for the looks. It's what is under the hood that counts. I'd be interested in finding out a price comparison to see what simply building the same PC without the Alienware logo would run along side a PC sporting that friendly alien avatar.

Marius Malek 4 years ago

[quote user="barmmer"]

Let that be a lesson to you. Don't be a sucker for the looks. It's what is under the hood that counts. I'd be interested in finding out a price comparison to see what simply building the same PC without the Alienware logo would run along side a PC sporting that friendly alien avatar.

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The actual system specs were a little dodgey but I threw together some components on cyberpowerpc.com

 

Case: * AZZA Solano 1000 Full-Tower Advance Cooling Case w/ Dual 230mm Fan + Extra 3 Fans [+7]
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz 12M L3 Cache LGA1366 [+710]
Freebies: None
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more) [+49]
Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)
Motherboard: * (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte GA-X58A-UD5 Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Ultra Durable™3 Mainboard DDR3/1600 ATX Mainboard w/7.1 Dobly Audio,eSATA,Dual GbLAN, USB3.0, 2 x SATA-III RAID,IEEE1394a,4 Gen2 PCIe,2 PCIe X1 &1 PCI [+124]
Memory: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1333MHz Triple Channel Memory [+74] (Corsair Dominator [+69])
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5970 PCI-E 16X 2GB DDR5 Video Card [DirectX 11 Support] [+864] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
Video Card 2: ATI Radeon HD 5970 PCI-E 16X 2GB DDR5 Video Card [DirectX 11 Support] [+899] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
Power Supply Upgrade: 1100 Watts Power Supplies [+120] (CyberPower Gaming Power Supply SLI/CrossFireX Ready)
Hard Drive: Single Hard Drive (2TB (2TBx1) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+80])
Optical Drive: LG CH08-LS10K 8X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive [+80]
Optical Drive 2: LG CH08-LS10K 8X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive [+110]
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)

That build will run you around $4100, before taxes and shipping are included. 
Honestly it's the 2 5960's that run up the bill. 

 

 

realneil 4 years ago

The looks of it was what I was admiring, and if that makes me a sucker than so be it. My point was that the case is special. Not pretty, but special. You can't duplicate that. I'm aware that any one of us (or a lot of us anyway) could build a far cheaper box with the same performance specs, but it is unique in a few ways that are bitchin. (dope) (the s*h*i*t) (wazoo mo-fobie)

Automated Louvers, Lights, and Drive Racks.

Also,... having the cash TO SPARE is what I said. Laying out that amount for a factory build is not the way I roll. Even with that much money in hand, I probably couldn't justify giving it all to Dell. Maybe after I won the lottery or something, and I do plan to do that,...........

 

Inspector 4 years ago

HEHE :) i want to win the lottery too :). if they would allow me to buy just the case... i would so go for it!  it is indeed very special and it IS pretty(what u talking about :P)! :(  lol

Marius Malek 4 years ago

Indeed, the case looks are amazing. I guess if I were to compare them to a car it would be the NSX. 

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="Marius Malek"]if I were to compare them to a car it would be[/quote]

A vintage two door Volvo Sports Car maybe.

Or one of these,.....

 

Ha-Ha!

barmmer 4 years ago

I can't emphasize enough the window side case with illuminated neon innards. It just makes for an amazing presentation and should be mandatory for all top of the line systems. I want to see to horsepower and intricate design. But if I were to compare the alienware case to the PC being lotto-ed off I'd have to go with Hot Hardware's' system.

RyuGTX 4 years ago

[quote user="barmmer"]

I can't emphasize enough the window side case with illuminated neon innards. It just makes for an amazing presentation and should be mandatory for all top of the line systems. I want to see to horsepower and intricate design. But if I were to compare the alienware case to the PC being lotto-ed off I'd have to go with Hot Hardware's' system.

[/quote]

 

I don't keep up with Alienware cases. But have they ever made a case with a side panel? I don't recall one.

It seems like they should have given the option of a side window for this case because the plexi panels inside are so nicely etched. Though it might look cooler in the dark without the side panel because there isn't a giant blue glow coming from the side of the case.

 

blazarcher 4 years ago

Alienware is finally getting rid of their old cases... Personally, I found them to be really UGLY. But the new ALX and their mini-ALX are BEAUTIFUL. 

Just wondering.... Would you go for Dell/Alienware or HP/Voodoo?

Both are large companies who have acquired small boutique brands.. But which is the better?

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="blazarcher"]Would you go for Dell/Alienware or HP/Voodoo?[/quote]

Dell/Alienware has a better rep as far as I'm concerned. HP screwed me on a laptop repair once. I've been warning people away from them for years too.

Marius Malek 4 years ago

[quote user="realneil"]

[quote user="blazarcher"]Would you go for Dell/Alienware or HP/Voodoo?[/quote]

Dell/Alienware has a better rep as far as I'm concerned. HP screwed me on a laptop repair once. I've been warning people away from them for years too.

[/quote]

Dude. I only trust HP with making printers. 

 

Inspector 4 years ago

LOL, same here lol. I got 2 HP printers and no other HP products. My sister has a HP laptop though.

blazarcher 4 years ago

LOL same here... I've got an HP C6180 and even that isn't working properly. 

I haven't bought a computer in so long lol. Must've forgotten what its like. Now I just build them. I can't trust anyone but myself these days. 

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="blazarcher"]I've got an HP C6180 and even that isn't working properly. [/quote]

My sister is suffering with one of those. It's the biggest P.O.S. on the Planet. She uses it for a home business office and tries to print Quickbooks Pro And Quicken docs and checks with it.

I offered to GIVE her one of my little LaserJets for free if she would let me smash it with a hammer. She paid way too much for it to even think about it. My LaserJet prints all of her stuff without problems.

Inspector 4 years ago

i got a C6280 and its working fine for me :) It does what ever i tell it too but it feeds on ink like there is no tomorrow...

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="Marius Malek"]Dude. I only trust HP with making printers. [/quote]

I have and use the crap out of HP printers, two lasers and a Wireless DeskJet too. But,......

I was at the Flea Market this last Saturday and found a Brother HL-1440 printer there for $10.00, I offered $8.00 for it and they instantly jumped on my offer.(I almost rolled away at that point) But I had offered the money, and stuck to my end of the bargain thinking that I may have made a mistake.

I got it home and blew it out with my shop vac, (it wasn't that dirty) I checked the specs online and found that it has only 2MB of on board RAM and needed an old style 72 pin RAM stick. 32MB was the maximum it would take. I pulled one of the exact 32MB sticks of RAM from the 'Ever Ready Digital Junkpile' and installed it. I hooked it up after ascertaining that the toner cartridge was full, and it works beautifully at 1200-DPI. Windows 7 installed the drivers auto-magically right when I connected the USB cable that they included with the printer. It has hardly any lag before it prints and I'd say it was definitely worth the $8.00 investment.

blazarcher 4 years ago

Damn 84 pounds... Alienware have got to start using aluminum cases! Or they should just use a heavily modified Lian Li case.. Now that would be AMAZING. One thing I don't like about Alienware cases though is the fact that they keep using steel. I know that steel is supposed to be stronger than aluminum but if you use thick aluminum, not only will the case look better (unpainted+painted) but also will be lighter.. Much lighter than 84 pounds that's for sure. Seriously, my Lian Li V2100B is EVEN BIGGER than this case yet it ways around 50 pounds, maybe... and that's fully loaded with the PSU, mobo, etc.

Other than that this is a system I'd die for, well not literally but you get the idea. I think the whole VENT openings are a cool new idea that makes alot of sense and sure looks the part. I mean when your computer is getting hot, the fans speed up but what use is the extra fan speed when there isn't any air in the case? This solves that problem. 

Lastly, those lights must take up a lot of power. Sure individual fans for example only take up 2-4 watts but it all adds up to a considerable amount.

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="blazarcher"]those lights must take up a lot of power[/quote]     Nope, they're LED low power, High Intensity bulbs.


[quote user="blazarcher"]Damn 84 pounds... [/quote]     Yes, It's heavy but it's not as if you're gonna be carrying it around all of the time! I'm thinking it's no big deal.


[quote user="blazarcher"]this is a system I'd die for, well not literally but you get the idea[/quote]    Yes, allot of us want this beast.

abysm 4 years ago

Love the clean design, along with the Alienware front logo. Ah the things I would do for such a killer rig.

Optix 4 years ago

Their prices may be good for high end setups but for budget gaming systems they're terrible.  Over $1000 for an i3 setup with an under powered video card?  No spanks.

Plus I'd rather tinker away and build my own anyway.

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="Optix"]I'd rather tinker away and build my own[/quote]

 

I agree to that,.....that's half the fun,.

dodgers2213 4 years ago

I remember having a HUGE love for Alienware. I really wanted my next purchase to come from them....then they got bought out by Dell and all the reviews are looking shoddy. Its a shame

Papapak 3 years ago

i wish i have this..... the case looks so cooll!!

MrBrownSound 3 years ago

It looks pretty cool, but there is hardly any room to work in it. There is no way to reroute the wires around the back because the right side of the case has wall mountable slots for hard drives. Installing liquid cooling across this case was a pain in a ass for me because I had such little room to work in. I couldn't really get away with using the half inch tubes which sucks. If I had to choose a case again it would be something like the "Lian Li PC-60FW Case".

Lamar Kropf 3 years ago

*glances at case, dies of star-shock*

MrBrownSound 4 years ago

I own this PC and I have to say besides the intimidating case which isn't bad everything inside it besides the i7 and the video cards of course are trash. Everything from the liquid cooling to the motherboard is trash. Three slots of ram? at most? trash. They say it's a gaming PC. The liquid cooling brings my processor temps high enough without any overclocking, just web browsing. Overclocking is not possible with the stock parts or terrible bios with. When they say custom X58 motherboard- the reason for this is to save every last penny to make costs cheaper so they wouldn't have to buy a real motherboard.  The wiring is messy and hard to hide if at all, just like all dell XPS desktops if you've ever owned one. Alienware at it's current state will never top a Custom made computer or other boutique brands which actually give you the bang for your buck, like origin PC and Maingear. It makes me feel sick when someone calls this PC a boutique gaming rig or even thinks of it as a legitimate competitor in the PC gaming industry.

animatortom 4 years ago

In my other post on this...

"The design itself, is very stylish and sleek looking. Can you imagine this system with an airbrushed case, that looks like the Predator! Or maybe an alien on one side and the Predator on the other, and a little predator mask painted over the Alienware guy in the front with the glowing eyes :)"

I knew I saw something similar to what I was thinking.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.predatorstuff.com/gallery/images/miscellaneous/predator_pc_case_mod/67.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.predatorstuff.com/miscellaneous/&usg=__4kZKqCNagJ5nfg-OklcO69p4Gn0=&h=375&w=500&sz=168&hl=en&start=10&sig2=8N7PzCUA4ISgPnKuuPPC4w&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=00RsYyZnz4ZXxM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpredator%2Bpc%2Bcase%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=1dOpS67wFZXUtQPriv3eAQ

Imagine the front with the glowing eyes, and the vents with the predator shin painted on them? :O

grayaudio 4 years ago

Im curious about the auto venting.

Inspector 4 years ago

What about it are you curious about?

RyuGTX 4 years ago

[quote user="grayaudio"]

Im curious about the auto venting.

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Taken from the review article:

Another rather distinctive feature of the Area-51 is its top ventilation system that consists of a series of motorized vent louvers that move up or down, depending on how much heat builds up in the chassis.  These vents are keyed off fan speeds inside the case and temperature thresholds in the BIOS can be set to affect the pitch of the vents and fan speeds based on the settings you provide.

 

realneil 4 years ago

It would be cool if you could set them to rapidly open and close three times when you approach it for the first time every morning!

Then imagine an excited little voice squeaking, "Hello Master!"

Yeah,....cool! Geeked

Inspector 4 years ago

That can be done Wink lol. It would so nice! you got your self a pet now :P

Xolso 4 years ago

I'm really digging the case, even if it's a bit ricer. Great specs aswell.

AKwyn 4 years ago

I just love the case and the wall of storage. And I just love the performance of it, it blows everything out of the water.

Inspector 4 years ago

Xolso, ricer? :D lol (pricier  right?)

They could make more then just selling whole computers if they would sell the case alone :D lol

blazarcher 4 years ago

WOW this DELL computer is getting a LOT of attention. Just kidding, I think Alienware are finally stepping over Dell's restrictions and just making an awesome looking product. Not like their earlier PC's with the whole "alien" theme.

pwhittak 4 years ago

I have got this i got it a moth ago paid for all the upgrades an it wz jst under 5.5k!! but it is amazin i lv the case i got the jet black case. This is my 1st comp and half me m8s play on xbox add us on steam i have like 5 m8s on it lol steam - pwhittak an if ya finkin of buyin one and wanna ask ?s dats cool

brooklonsfinest 4 years ago

yeah im loving the new dellianware build quality.

dlim783 4 years ago

As a reminder, Alienware is rip-off! Dude, just customize your own rig and you save money!

realneil 4 years ago

Some people want to have it built for them. There are many companies that do that too.

What's wrong with them for charging for their designing and building a fine computer? They warranty it too. All of us here KNOW that we can build one cheaper than buying a ready made box,...........Some like to not hassle it.

dlim783 4 years ago

I don't trust Alienware at all! It's all about customization.

realneil 4 years ago

If you don't trust them then don't buy from them. Don't knock other people's choice to do so though.

They've been in business for a long, long time already and many are happy with them.

I wonder,.....have YOU ever owned one of their computers? Do you speak from experience or have you just heard that you don't like them?

dlim783 4 years ago

My friend own an Alienware Laptop and he said the reliability wasn't good. You can talk everyone else on a forum, and they said that Alienware is bad because they're not making a good deal to sell their product on the market.

realneil 4 years ago

So you have no personal experience with that brand.

 

OK

dlim783 4 years ago

You have no idea what's going on the market right now. Not a lot of people buys from Alienware company... If you care about Alienware company, then you're an idiot.

realneil 4 years ago

It's not that I care about them, I don't. You're posting all over these forums telling everyone how to do it. how to think, what to buy. and you really, when it all comes down to it don't know jack Sh*t. You THINK you do, but nobody's convinced yet.

RSummerlin 4 years ago

I don't know...  I just bought one (after having built 3 PC's previously) and for the components I got, I could not build this myself for the price.

  • i7 980X OC processor
  • Samsung 256GB SSD
  • 6GB 1333 RAM
  • 1x Radeon 5970 GPU
  • 2x 1TB Barracuda 7200 drives in RAID1
  • 1000W power supply
  • Liquid Cooling
  • Case (ooooh that case... drool)
  • Blue Ray Player/Recorder

Final price $2998.00 pre tax and shipping.  Add in the cost of my time and warranty, and what I paid starts to seem more like an installment and less like the final bill.  I did catch it on Labor Day sale, but still...  I for one cannot believe that they can make this for that much.

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="RSummerlin"]I just bought one[/quote]

It sounds like a nice rig. And yeah, the case is sweet.

MrBrownSound 4 years ago

 I ordered my Alienware ALX tower, around when the ATI"s 5870 was up and new. Practically when Alienware first unveiled the ALX PC. I did expect prices to drop over the time, but what you say you purchased it for is truly amazing. The Samsung 256GB SSD, 5970, 980X and twin Barracuda's! . As of now, assuming that's true; I'm a believer.

I bought my Alienware ALX for about 3200 altogether with tax.

i7-960

ATI 5870 crossfire*

6GB 1333 RAM

Standard Liquid Cooling

1TB Seagate standard 7200RPM drive

1200W power supply

and get this; no blu-ray!................oh and a free sound card, and media card reader, for when they replaced my entire system for problem's.

 

Wrosemom 4 years ago

I don't like the size/weight, that matters to some people! I was looking at the smaller ones some companies have, like Falcon Northwest's fragbox and Maingear's x-cube. I heard that these smaller versions may have heating problems though, is that true?

DScheive 3 years ago

How can they expect normal computer users to be able to afford or even make payments on this system? I mean for the price, i could get seprate parts and build my oen PC with even more computing power and more flexibility. :P i guess its an easier solution for people that dont have the knowledge :)

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="DScheive"]for the price, i could get seprate parts and build my oen PC[/quote]

This thread started a year ago. A year ago it was closer to top end, and prices were far different too. Not to say that they aren't making a nice profit on the system, but that's why they're in business. Here at HH, we could all build our OWN PC's for less.

DScheive 3 years ago

thats why HotHardware should create a custom built PC section with different price ranges for different people and have the systems that are on it choosen from pc examples people have submitted :) that way it will give people ideas and it will also help out people that dont know how to build their own :)

dadodgeson 3 years ago

[quote user="DScheive"]

thats why HotHardware should create a custom built PC section with different price ranges for different people and have the systems that are on it choosen from pc examples people have submitted :) that way it will give people ideas and it will also help out people that dont know how to build their own :)

[/quote]

heres some thing to get you started check out this old nerd

http://hothardware.com/News/Building-a-PC-HotHardware-and-This-Old-Nerd-Style/

and look around the site theres plenty of info on prices and parts to build a very nice sys and when you decide to build just post (i need help) and trust me someone at HH will help

omegadoom13 3 years ago

Great article!  I like this line:  "For the most part, the average do-it-yourselfer isn't going to take much interest here, save for perhaps the appreciation of all the bleeding-edge technology and design quality that is the hallmark of such a system."   It sums up who I am.  I like reading about kickass tech, but I'm not going to seriously consider buying such tech because of the high cost.  

jimmyjamesros 3 years ago

I am no fan of Dell and I agree with many that most here would just build their own PC, however I had to chime in about the case.. it is completely hideous. What were they thinking with this case design? The functionality of the case is great but to hide it all behind that external design is a waste. With Origin and Maingear producing exceptional PC's with great looks I guess Dell steeped in with an offering for those under 18 years of age.

jimmyjamesros 3 years ago

Yes I sad steeped instead of stepped, I should proof read lol.

Grady56 3 years ago

When I was younger I thought the Alienware PC's were the best of the best, Until I learned to build PC's and figured out that Alienware's weren't what they really seemed to be. Although, I do like the Aesthetically pleasing features of the case..It looks really cool :)

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="Grady56"]When I was younger I thought the Alienware PC's were the best of the best, [/quote]

When they were brand new they were. It was run by enthusiasts, for gamers, and their stuff was pretty damn fast. Then came Dell,.....and that smell,......Smile

dadodgeson 3 years ago

[quote user="realneil"]

[quote user="Grady56"]When I was younger I thought the Alienware PC's were the best of the best, [/quote]

When they were brand new they were. It was run by enthusiasts, for gamers, and their stuff was pretty damn fast. Then came Dell,.....and that smell,......Smile

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the guys that made up alienware are now orgin that explains the prices there

omegadraco 3 years ago

Yeah I pretty much tell people to stay away from Alienware now. The systems are made of the same junk that dell pushes in their mass markets machines. Though they still have some aesthetically pleasing cases. Spend a little more and get a quality machine from Maingear or Origin.

Or build it yourself, it is not that hard to put them together and there are plenty of folks here to help out with questions :)

DScheive 3 years ago

i love alienware... but it just cant stand up against a DIY computer built from scratch for half the money :P

DRivera 3 years ago

Exactly my point same thing i tell all my friends.

zeeshanwal 3 years ago

Other day I was checking the Alienware laptop, it was amazing gaming laptop with lights glowing on keypad.

SKickland 3 years ago

This is such an awesome rig. I love the design? Someone give one to me question mark?Stick out tongue

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