Alienware Alpha R2 desktop PC gaming console from £386 using code @ DELL
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Alienware Alpha R2 desktop PC gaming console from £386 using code @ DELL

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Found 20th Jul 2016
Use Dell coupon code FLASH (offer ends 20 July). Includes free shipping.

I've been keeping my eyes open for a deal like this. Yes, it's easy to build a console killer, but many people can't be bothered to build their own machine, which usually end-up being over twice the price and much bigger. The Alpha is closer to the cost of a PS4 or Xbox One, plus it's the size of a Wii. Perfect for people like me, who want to join the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race

Base model (£386) features Intel i3 processor / 4GB memory / Nvidia 'GTX' graphics. In my opinion, the best value option (£566) is i5 / 8GB / GTX 960.
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Anything less than the 1 you recommend would be pointless.
You could buy an Xbox one, a PS4 and have change for £566.
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Anything less than the 1 you recommend would be pointless.You could buy … Anything less than the 1 you recommend would be pointless.You could buy an Xbox one, a PS4 and have change for £566.



I don't disagree, though I'd also consider the cost of PSN or Xbox Live. This deal isn't about absolute cost, however -- I'm trying to help people who want a PC but at the size of a console and close (but not equal to) console cost.
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I think the SyberPower steam machines are better value for money and you can customise the internals. Heres an example curretly with 20% off. cyberpowersystem.co.uk/sys…e_P
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Gtx960 is comparible with the Xbone but with slightly better shaders and much higher frame rate.

Console of your choice = ~£200 leaves you £180~£200 to find a laptop

Just my opinion.
Edited by: "catbeans" 20th Jul 2016
catbeans

Gtx960 is comparible with the Xbone but with slightly better shaders and … Gtx960 is comparible with the Xbone but with slightly better shaders and much higher frame rate. Console of your choice = ~£200 leaves you £180~£200 to find a laptopJust my opinion.


comparible then much higher frame rate. Good one.
Edited by: "Danze1984" 20th Jul 2016
goonertillidie

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Seems to link you to this deal page?
catbeans

Gtx960 is comparible with the Xbone but with slightly better shaders and … Gtx960 is comparible with the Xbone but with slightly better shaders and much higher frame rate. Console of your choice = ~£200 leaves you £180~£200 to find a laptopJust my opinion.




The gtx 1080 is similar to the xbox one but also with much higher frame rates
catbeans

Gtx960 is comparible with the Xbone but with slightly better shaders and … Gtx960 is comparible with the Xbone but with slightly better shaders and much higher frame rate. Console of your choice = ~£200 leaves you £180~£200 to find a laptopJust my opinion.



​i don't think the gpu in xbox one even equals a GTX 750ti
Danze1984

comparible then much higher frame rate. Good one.



Yes and what do you think comparible means, do yyo think it means exactly the same? it is comparible in every way but those I mentioned, most people will be using this PC gaming console on TVs at 60hz or 60hz monitors, if they are planing to play the latest games on the same settings as a console the 960 may not even hit 60fps 1080p.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2015-the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-face-off

Edit: wow some salty pedantic PC master race people in this thread


Edited by: "catbeans" 20th Jul 2016
If you want to be pedantic it is comparable .....
Good deal, although you'll need to buy a Windows license if (like me) you don't want a Steam machine.
jvchamary

Good deal, although you'll need to buy a Windows license if (like me) you … Good deal, although you'll need to buy a Windows license if (like me) you don't want a Steam machine.



Comes with Win 10
MeistroUK

​i don't think the gpu in xbox one even equals a GTX 750ti



The Xbox One Nearest Equiv part you can buy is ebuyer.com/636…box granted it's only 4 cores instead of 8 but basically this the same chip with better graphics on die as well. R7 360 equivalent not the the R3 stuff on this chip.
Edited by: "ddigitaldnr" 20th Jul 2016
Franken

Comes with Win 10



Steam Machine P comes with Steam OS, not Windows 10. Just checked with Cyberpower and they quote £78+VAT to add Windows. Better off buying OEM, although then you have the hassle of installation...
im thinking of swaping ps4 for pc but do you need to keep upgrading these systems to keep up with game demands
r7beck

im thinking of swaping ps4 for pc but do you need to keep upgrading these … im thinking of swaping ps4 for pc but do you need to keep upgrading these systems to keep up with game demands


Honestly mate if you are thinking of getting into PC just get a desktop, the rx 480 and gtx 1060 have just come out and offer a sizeable boost in performance over console without breaking the bank. I know the idea of a console sized pc is appealing but this thing will be useless in 2 years. With a desktop its fully upgradable as your needs change in the future. You can get mini atx cases if size if of concern, not as small as this but still.

For £600-700 you could get a system which is going to give a noticeable improvement over console.
jvchamary

Steam Machine P comes with Steam OS, not Windows 10. Just checked with … Steam Machine P comes with Steam OS, not Windows 10. Just checked with Cyberpower and they quote £78+VAT to add Windows. Better off buying OEM, although then you have the hassle of installation...



Oh was your original license comment referring to my comment? Id assumed you were talking about the OP deal as you didn't quote anyone. You can get the same steam machine (called Vapor) on the same website as the one I linked with Windows installed, I haven't checked the price for that tho. Misunderstandings.
r7beck

im thinking of swaping ps4 for pc but do you need to keep upgrading these … im thinking of swaping ps4 for pc but do you need to keep upgrading these systems to keep up with game demands



Only if you want to play the very latest games with all the graphical bells and whistles. My PC is an old i5 2500 from about 5 years ago, I upgraded to a geforce 760 and 16gb RAM about 2 years ago as the new consoles were so underwhelming and I still play most things on a combination of High/Ultra settings and get over 60 fps. I also just bought a Nvidia Shield which allows me to stream most of my PC games to the big screen if you want that 10 foot console-type gaming experience.
can it be used as a windows PC?
r7beck

im thinking of swaping ps4 for pc but do you need to keep upgrading these … im thinking of swaping ps4 for pc but do you need to keep upgrading these systems to keep up with game demands



Not really, but it's nice to have the choice to be able to upgrade well ahead of new console generations. I followed a guide on RockPaperShotgun 3 years ago to build a PC for same price as a PS4. I managed to beat their prices and scored a monitor+OS too within the budget.

I ended up buying a PS4 early this year but I'm still gaming on that PC now and it still handily beats my PS4 on most games. GTAV, Dirt Rally, Battlefield 4, Metro Redux and Witcher 3 all run far better on my PC, plus when indie stuff comes out it's always *much* cheaper on PC.

mittromney

can it be used as a windows PC?



Yes, the Alpha uses Windows rather than Steam OS.
catbeans

Gtx960 is comparible with the Xbone but with slightly better shaders and … Gtx960 is comparible with the Xbone but with slightly better shaders and much higher frame rate. Console of your choice = ~£200 leaves you £180~£200 to find a laptopJust my opinion.




Console games £50 vs PC £30
Xbox Live / PSN £40 vs PC £0
Console Experience < PC Experience
minicale

Console games £50 vs PC £30Xbox Live / PSN £40 vs PC £0Console Experience … Console games £50 vs PC £30Xbox Live / PSN £40 vs PC £0Console Experience < PC Experience



There's always one.

Games aren't £50. New games are normally available at £35-40 if you're savvy.

Or let me put it another way. £566 (the "best value" one in the op, and realistically, the smallest one you'd want for gaming) = PS4 + 8 or 9 brand new games (or 12-15 if you look at the more realistic prices for games people would buy).
Franken

Only if you want to play the very latest games with all the graphical … Only if you want to play the very latest games with all the graphical bells and whistles. My PC is an old i5 2500 from about 5 years ago, I upgraded to a geforce 760 and 16gb RAM about 2 years ago as the new consoles were so underwhelming and I still play most things on a combination of High/Ultra settings and get over 60 fps. I also just bought a Nvidia Shield which allows me to stream most of my PC games to the big screen if you want that 10 foot console-type gaming experience.



That would just about be able to play Doom 2016 at PS4 quality.

I'm a PC gamer by the way.
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catbeans

Yes and what do you think comparible means, do yyo think it means exactly … Yes and what do you think comparible means, do yyo think it means exactly the same? it is comparible in every way but those I mentioned, most people will be using this PC gaming console on TVs at 60hz or 60hz monitors, if they are planing to play the latest games on the same settings as a console the 960 may not even hit 60fps 1080p.http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2015-the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-face-offEdit: wow some salty pedantic PC master race people in this thread


It's comparable in every way apart from every metric that you'd use to define a graphics card. 960 is lightyears ahead of console graphics. Go back under your bridge, troll.
How about this...

http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/dell-poweredge-t20-xeon-e3-1225v3-3.2-ghz-4gb-ram-1tb-hdd-tower-server-t20-3708/version.asp?PID=1725

Plus a GTX 950 (~£120?) + SteamOS + decent KB, mouse and controller? Has anyone tried something like this?



Edited by: "Berwhale" 20th Jul 2016
Berhwale

How about … How about this...http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/dell-poweredge-t20-xeon-e3-1225v3-3.2-ghz-4gb-ram-1tb-hdd-tower-server-t20-3708/version.asp?PID=1725Plus a 750Ti (~£100) + SteamOS + decent KB, mouse and controller? Has anyone tried something like this?



Needs more ram, wouldn't cost much.
dijital

That would just about be able to play Doom 2016 at PS4 quality.I'm a PC … That would just about be able to play Doom 2016 at PS4 quality.I'm a PC gamer by the way.



Precisely my point. My PC is well old. 5years old for some parts and it can still hold its own against the latest console.
Franken

Only if you want to play the very latest games with all the graphical … Only if you want to play the very latest games with all the graphical bells and whistles. My PC is an old i5 2500 from about 5 years ago, I upgraded to a geforce 760 and 16gb RAM about 2 years ago as the new consoles were so underwhelming and I still play most things on a combination of High/Ultra settings and get over 60 fps. I also just bought a Nvidia Shield which allows me to stream most of my PC games to the big screen if you want that 10 foot console-type gaming experience.


I have similar "old system"2500k and a hd 7950 all overclocked and get 60-100 comfortably on bf4 high settings. It's miles better than any console gaming. Keep thinking of another build but the difference isn't big enough at the moment.
Edited by: "lugsy3" 20th Jul 2016
Franken

Precisely my point. My PC is well old. 5years old for some parts and it … Precisely my point. My PC is well old. 5years old for some parts and it can still hold its own against the latest console.



Not really, you had to upgrade two different parts of that PC (one of them being the most expensive part) two years ago and it already borderline out of date.

At that rate you will have to upgrade another two or three times in this generation of consoles to keep up.

For me PC gaming is about doing it on the cheap or high end (GTX 1060 and up), the middle ground is just a waste of money.

Edited by: "dijital" 20th Jul 2016
I'd prefer to stick to my consoles.... Despite me thinking of PC gaming a couple times over the years. Hopefully they will be able to be flashed soon to save cost of games. Too much hassle and money in PC gaming, it's abit of a moneypit.
Shayno

I'd prefer to stick to my consoles.... Despite me thinking of PC gaming a … I'd prefer to stick to my consoles.... Despite me thinking of PC gaming a couple times over the years. Hopefully they will be able to be flashed soon to save cost of games. Too much hassle and money in PC gaming, it's abit of a moneypit.




You can do it quite frugally, im running a Xeon 3363, 8gb, 2Ggb GTX 670 (special edition that runs at GTX 680 performance) and 120 SSD which i maneged to setup for £100 (I might have got lucky tough)
dijital

Not really, you had to upgrade two different parts of that PC (one of … Not really, you had to upgrade two different parts of that PC (one of them being the most expensive part) two years ago and it already borderline out of date.At that rate you will have to upgrade another two or three times in this generation of consoles to keep up.



Why, the console hardware aint gonna improve, Console experience is only gonna improve slightly thru software tweaks. And your right, I upgraded boxing day around the same time the new consoles were released, whatever year that was. It was a much better option than what the consoles offered. And as for it already being out of date, why, youve just said it can match what consoles offer. Im still going to be able to play games on it for many years yet.
Shayno

I'd prefer to stick to my consoles.... Despite me thinking of PC gaming a … I'd prefer to stick to my consoles.... Despite me thinking of PC gaming a couple times over the years. Hopefully they will be able to be flashed soon to save cost of games. Too much hassle and money in PC gaming, it's abit of a moneypit.



Hardly. You spend extra at the start and then you get cheaper games for less money without a Playstation Plus/XBL subscription. Oh and I got in to editing my GoPro videos in the past couple of years. Gee look at that, my gaming PC also turns out to be a capable video editing rig! Good luck doing that on your PS4/XBO. I would like a PS4, but only for the exclusives.
Edited by: "Boopop" 20th Jul 2016
Franken

Why, the console hardware aint gonna improve, Console experience is only … Why, the console hardware aint gonna improve, Console experience is only gonna improve slightly thru software tweaks. And your right, I upgraded boxing day around the same time the new consoles were released, whatever year that was. It was a much better option than what the consoles offered. And as for it already being out of date, why, youve just said it can match what consoles offer. Im still going to be able to play games on it for many years yet.



It matches consoles now.

The equivilent GPU back in the day that the xbox 360 was released was the Radeon 2400XT.

Fast forward four years and the Radeon (or equivalent geforce) couldn't possibly dream of running the same games the xbox did.

That isnt going to change this time round. If it did, the PC graphics card industry would collapse.
catbeans

Yes and what do you think comparible means, do yyo think it means exactly … Yes and what do you think comparible means, do yyo think it means exactly the same? it is comparible in every way but those I mentioned, most people will be using this PC gaming console on TVs at 60hz or 60hz monitors, if they are planing to play the latest games on the same settings as a console the 960 may not even hit 60fps 1080p.http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2015-the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-face-offEdit: wow some salty pedantic PC master race people in this thread



Wow, that is some misinformed stuff you are peddling there mate. No "PC Master Race" pedantry here, just calling shenanigans when we see it.

The 960 is so far away from the XBox One it's like a tiny dot on the horizon. And if 1080p/60 is your bar then good luck, you will be lucky to get that on even a few games on Scorpio. Xbox One can barely manage a stable 30fps, just look at Fallout 4!

Anyway, as others have said, I would avoid these boxes. They aren't worth the premium over consoles, but spending a bit more and getting a decent desktop will save you in the long term.
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looks like a nice little machine. What people are forgetting when comparing this to a console:

no PSN or Xbox live subscription

not limited to what gamepads you can use (incl steering wheels for the good sim racers)

not limited to what headset you can use

latest release titles which can be preordered through sites such as Cdkeys for £20-30

much wider range of titles can be played (some cracking older games available dirt cheap)

1080p and 60fps - alot of console games dont even run at 1080p! im pretty sure there is extra benefits on PC games which are forgotten about such as view distance, lighting, shading and whatever else.

Steam sales, humble bundle!

not to mention this will be alot better as a media centre for streaming etc as it is more powerful than the xbox & playstation and will load more quickly.

Yes I agree with others a desktop is a better option but this is a great middle ground between PC and console. PC gaming can be an expensive hobby, it becomes a bit of an addiction researching all the components and upgrading everything from your video card to your mouse mat
dijital

It matches consoles now.The equivilent GPU back in the day that the xbox … It matches consoles now.The equivilent GPU back in the day that the xbox 360 was released was the Radeon 2400XT.Fast forward four years and the Radeon (or equivalent geforce) couldn't possibly dream of running the same games the xbox did.That isnt going to change this time round. If it did, the PC graphics card industry would collapse.



What nonsense. Of course a 4 year old graphics card can play games that come out on a 4 year old console. The hardware in the console doesnt magically upgrade itself. And as for your last comment, games makers dont have to limit their games to fit an aging console GPU when designing games on a PC, they make use of the latest hardware that is around allowing graphics to surpass what the consoles can achieve which is why the GPU market doesnt collapse, you're always going to have people that spend top dollar on the latest model.
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