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Alienware Steam Machine (4th Generation Intel Core i3 Processor, SteamOS, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive) £299.99 @ Amazon
Alienware Steam Machine (4th Generation Intel Core i3 Processor, SteamOS, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive) £299.99 @ Amazon

Alienware Steam Machine (4th Generation Intel Core i3 Processor, SteamOS, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive) £299.99 @ Amazon

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A little bit of tech knowledge is required to understand what I am about to say but anyone with questions on how to I can point you in the right direction.

My receipt for this is add an extra 4gb ram, switch bios to legacy, install Windows 10. Use Launcher for Kodi to change shell so that Steam boots up in big picture mode instead of Windows. Install games cheaply via Steam. Or install Dell Hivemind console interface available from Dell for free.

GTX 750ti (mobile version) is the GPU on this. Not amazing, but will play most games on high settings.

I have the new i7 R2 model which runs a GTX 960 and easily converted from Steam OS to windows etc. Seems like a bargain at this price.

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Very good price.

Very good price, but would be surprised if the 750ti mobile edition is capable of playing games on high settings..

But very good price for a system more powerful than the consoles

I'd certainly be interested in one of these if they ever pop a GTX 1060 in them but they are certainly a great bit of kit heated

i3? buy a ps4 pro

Link is poorly

Nice little system. Head added.

The PS4 Pro will perform better than this.

ftoowner

Very good price, but would be surprised if the 750ti mobile edition is … Very good price, but would be surprised if the 750ti mobile edition is capable of playing games on high settings..But very good price for a system more powerful than the consoles



Depends on the games. Most indie titles are a LOT less demanding than AAA games and at least as it comes on Steam OS, many of the available titles are typically older titles that have been ported to work with it being Linux based, so within the limits of the OS it's probably fine. If you installed Windows 10 and tried to play the latest releases it would probably slow down a bit...

Still a great deal for a decent little Steam box.

So limited number of games on Steam OS means you have to pay for an additional Windows licence to then end up with a sub par controller (I have one with Steam Link) and a 3 generation old gpu that wasn't particularly strong when new. As a PC gamer myself Id say buy a console at this price. Not voting either way as it is technically a deal.

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I'd flog steam controller for 33 quid on flee bay. Just used a windows 10 Licence from my pc on my r2 alpha

delivery 2 to 4 weeks... steam os looks very restrictive too

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chrisredmayne

delivery 2 to 4 weeks... steam os looks very restrictive too


Agreed but very easy to put windows on, it's just a pc.

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mattlong37051

I'd certainly be interested in one of these if they ever pop a GTX 1060 … I'd certainly be interested in one of these if they ever pop a GTX 1060 in them but they are certainly a great bit of kit heated


Too much heat. The alpha r2 can add an external graphics card. The machine is smaller than a PS4 or xbox. Form factor is outstanding.

ontheqt

Too much heat. The alpha r2 can add an external graphics card. The … Too much heat. The alpha r2 can add an external graphics card. The machine is smaller than a PS4 or xbox. Form factor is outstanding.



1060 would run cooler.

I Would be interested to know if you could swap graphics cards in these

Why switch BIOS to legacy? I don't understand: if you keep UEFI then it adds a certain level of security (certs will prevent OS being tampered with, should offer moire protection against rootkits etc, nothing is foolproof anyway but safer than BIOS)

Please excuse my ignorance but would this be ok for normal computing too? Like Facebook, office etc?

momartin

Please excuse my ignorance but would this be ok for normal computing too? … Please excuse my ignorance but would this be ok for normal computing too? Like Facebook, office etc?



Yes, if you install windows on it.

Bear in mind that Valve doesn’t recommend SteamOS for desktop use. You’re … Bear in mind that Valve doesn’t recommend SteamOS for desktop use. You’re stepping outside the bounds of their curated experience here, just like when you install the Linux desktop on a Chromebook. Valve is focused on providing a slick living-room experience, not on creating a desktop operating system to compete with Microsoft Windows.



How to Use the SteamOS Desktop

Bought one last week for £334 - Amazon sent me a return! Scratched, logged into someone else's account ('Boris Johnson') and missing the controller. Dell serial number said it was shipped in December 2015. Still waiting on the refund...

plap

Why switch BIOS to legacy? I don't understand: if you keep UEFI then it … Why switch BIOS to legacy? I don't understand: if you keep UEFI then it adds a certain level of security (certs will prevent OS being tampered with, should offer moire protection against rootkits etc, nothing is foolproof anyway but safer than BIOS)



​you're havin a giraffe. legacy all day long. if someone has physical access to the box most things are a security illusion. for gaming etc, screw that. legacy all day long.

i3 lol

Good for Kodi

I had one, was too under powered for me.

Got mine from the outlet but sold it within a month on gumtree.

Now have 51 with a full fat 760 which I will upgrade to a 1070 when prices fall.

A 1060 version is bound to happen

I mostly only remember the media hype about the Steam machines

catbeans

I Would be interested to know if you could swap graphics cards in these


I don't think they have a card but a laptop GPU soldered to the board so more like a typical laptop; they are a small form factor design so more like a console.

Richardzxcq

Bought one last week for £334 - Amazon sent me a return! Scratched, … Bought one last week for £334 - Amazon sent me a return! Scratched, logged into someone else's account ('Boris Johnson') and missing the controller. Dell serial number said it was shipped in December 2015. Still waiting on the refund...

amazon marketplace? (new and used )

I've two Alienware Alphas and both my i3 and i5 versions came with Windows (8.1 but upgraded to 10) as well as being able to log into a Steam 'user' (the actual Steam OS wasn't on them).

I upgraded the ram and stuck an ssd in both and they're working well for me. I don't actually play any games at such a high graphics level that would be beyond the Alphas (just restarted World of Warcraft which isn't demanding at all).

Personally I see it as a negative thing for them to remove Windows from it. I know people can get their own versions to install but as a disabled person it would be an annoyance I could do without. Quite possibly would have passed on them without Windows as I use mine as a normal pc most of the time anyway.

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There's still a windows version it costs more and no controller

schmee

I've two Alienware Alphas and both my i3 and i5 versions came with … I've two Alienware Alphas and both my i3 and i5 versions came with Windows (8.1 but upgraded to 10) as well as being able to log into a Steam 'user' (the actual Steam OS wasn't on them). I upgraded the ram and stuck an ssd in both and they're working well for me. I don't actually play any games at such a high graphics level that would be beyond the Alphas (just restarted World of Warcraft which isn't demanding at all). Personally I see it as a negative thing for them to remove Windows from it. I know people can get their own versions to install but as a disabled person it would be an annoyance I could do without. Quite possibly would have passed on them without Windows as I use mine as a normal pc most of the time anyway.


I bought a pc 5 years ago. It's a i5 not a i3, and I have 8GB of memory.

Realistically, if you want to play indie games, and oldish games, the will do the trick. But it's already very outdated, the graphics card is ok but again dated now,

This vs a ps4 pro or xbox scorpion? The consoles will **** all over this. Both will be 4k(as good as 4k anyway) what you can't do on pc for less than a fortune.

This will not play most new games on high spec.

At £199.99 would be a bargain but £300 buys a much higher spec normal pc especially if you build it yourself. Love the styling and would be great for under TV use in the living room.

Console gaming in 2016 LUL.

an OK price if you want the fancy case, but there are cheaper similar spec'd options available.

Steam controller is rubbish, and the system won't play many modern games on high.

If you want a gaming system for this price get a ps4 or xbox.

It would make a lovely mac mini style office machine at this price.

Richardzxcq

Bought one last week for £334 - Amazon sent me a return! Scratched, … Bought one last week for £334 - Amazon sent me a return! Scratched, logged into someone else's account ('Boris Johnson') and missing the controller. Dell serial number said it was shipped in December 2015. Still waiting on the refund...


are you sure you bought from amazon? More like some seller ON Amazon

jonnyh132

I bought a pc 5 years ago. It's a i5 not a i3, and I have 8GB of memory. … I bought a pc 5 years ago. It's a i5 not a i3, and I have 8GB of memory. Realistically, if you want to play indie games, and oldish games, the will do the trick. But it's already very outdated, the graphics card is ok but again dated now, This vs a ps4 pro or xbox scorpion? The consoles will **** all over this. Both will be 4k(as good as 4k anyway) what you can't do on pc for less than a fortune.This will not play most new games on high spec.



Scorpio will be ~£550 on release and PS4 pro has 4k video not games.

bonzobanana

At £199.99 would be a bargain but £300 buys a much higher spec normal pc e … At £199.99 would be a bargain but £300 buys a much higher spec normal pc especially if you build it yourself. Love the styling and would be great for under TV use in the living room.



Could you give an example of a £300 custom build that is much higher spec than this? I've had a really hard time even matching this build for £300, uk.pcpartpicker.com/lis…FZ8 is the closest I can get

mattlong37051

I'd certainly be interested in one of these if they ever pop a GTX 1060 … I'd certainly be interested in one of these if they ever pop a GTX 1060 in them but they are certainly a great bit of kit heated


The Alpha R2 has a GTX980. Though yes, the 1060 would be preferrable from an efficiency and heat perspective.
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stuellis

So limited number of games on Steam OS means you have to pay for an … So limited number of games on Steam OS means you have to pay for an additional Windows licence to then end up with a sub par controller (I have one with Steam Link) and a 3 generation old gpu that wasn't particularly strong when new. As a PC gamer myself Id say buy a console at this price. Not voting either way as it is technically a deal.


Honestly if you think the controller is sub par you really aren't using it right. It's the only controller available you can truly configure to your preference, a little(and I mean a little) investment in time makes it really shine. The build quality is great(the feels cheap is BS, it's perfectly good purely from an engineering perspective), and if it's uncomfortable you just need to use a loose grip rather than a claw of death ala Xbone controllers.

smckirdy

Honestly if you think the controller is sub par you really aren't using … Honestly if you think the controller is sub par you really aren't using it right. It's the only controller available you can truly configure to your preference, a little(and I mean a little) investment in time makes it really shine. The build quality is great(the feels cheap is BS, it's perfectly good purely from an engineering perspective), and if it's uncomfortable you just need to use a loose grip rather than a claw of death ala Xbone controllers.


It is very cheap in feel and awkward spacing, its accuracy is questionable compared to a One controller which also can be configured now, the config app works with both Elite and standard One controllers. I can see what it tries to do, allowing games designed for a keyboard and mouse to be used on a controller but in games I have tried it falls very short of replacing a keyboard and mouse often with not enough buttons for all controls. Due to the compromises to fit that track pad it then doesn't work as well as say an Xbox controller. In trying to be a jack of all trades it has mastered none in my opinion. If mine broke I would not replace it.

This is of course my opinion but I know I'm not alone in this view.

catbeans

Scorpio will be ~£550 on release and PS4 pro has 4k video not games.



Well the ps4 pro is practically 4k. Scorpio will be 4k and probably will cost £500. But the difference being it will be absolutely top end. My point here is its pretty average for the price. And if you plan on playing top end high spec games, one of the consoles is better.

As a pc gamer I can tell you, for 4k graphics you are looking at at least £300 on a gfx card on its own, and this hybrid console just isn't high spec enough for pc games for more than the next year maximum top end.

Azelphur

Could you give an example of a £300 custom build that is much higher spec … Could you give an example of a £300 custom build that is much higher spec than this? I've had a really hard time even matching this build for £300, http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/nM3FZ8 is the closest I can get



Don't forget some of the parts on this system are mobile spec so not the same performance as their desktop equivalents. I'd personally use a Pentium G3258 anniversary chip which can be easily overclocked to 4.7-4.9ghz on stock fan and many of those prices are partspicker can be beaten by shopping around.
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