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Alienware Steam Machine Intel i3 GTX 860m Amazon £249.99
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Alienware is always driving gaming innovation forward. But it's not enough to keep up, we aim to set the pace. That's why a couple years ago, leaders from Alienware and Valve collaborated to expand PC gaming. From that simple idea a new custom-built box, engineered specifically to reinvent the Steam experience for the living room, with PC flexibility in a quiet, compact console was born. This is the Alienware Steam Machine

You'll experience powerful and immersive gaming with high performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU 2GB GDDR5 graphics and Intel Core processors. And with the innovative Steam Controller, you'll be able to move like never before.

Have a PC game that you want to play on your TV? Not a problem as you'll be able to play over 1500 games locally or stream any of the 6000 Steam games on your home network directly to your TV.

With the Alienware Steam Machine, you're not only getting easy access to thousands of your favorite Steam games; you're gaining entry to the largest community of gamers in the world with no membership fee included.

49 Comments

I think the 1TB version at £299 is much better value as it also comes with 8GB of RAM versus 4GB in the 500GB version.

Good deal. Not the best performance but for £250 it's not bad

PhoenixRising

I think the 1TB version at £299 is much better value as it also comes … I think the 1TB version at £299 is much better value as it also comes with 8GB of RAM versus 4GB in the 500GB version.


£50 for 4GB RAM and 500GB storage seems reasonable. Is there any other differences e.g. improved processor/graphics card?

Original Poster

Yes other options and configs available personally would go for i5 to push the GPU a bit more get more out of it but for someone who wants to play Minecraft or counterstrike and have a small PC footprint not bad at all

Original Poster

Yes you can change processor up to i7

Zero real info on what hardware is in there, or even the model number.

Edited by: "dijital" 17th Dec 2016

Posted not that long ago

dijital

Zero real info on what hardware is in there, or even the model number.


It took a bit of searching but you can see all the specs by clicking the 'See more system requirements' link.

Lazy link

escortboy

£50 for 4GB RAM and 500GB storage seems reasonable. Is there any other … £50 for 4GB RAM and 500GB storage seems reasonable. Is there any other differences e.g. improved processor/graphics card?



Doesn't look like it, see my Lazy Link above. Also posting the specs below.

Processor: Intel Core i3-4170T Processor Dual-Core (3MB Cache, up to 3.2 GHz);Operating System: SteamOS;Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU 2GB GDDR5;Memory: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz;Hard Drive: 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s;Game Controller: Steam Controller;Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1x1 + Bluetooth 4.0 ;Slots: 2x DDR3 SoDIMM Sockets;Ports: External Chassis Connections: 2 x USB 2.0 (Front), 2 x USB 3.0 (Back), 1 x RJ45 GbE, 1 x HDMI-Out 1.4a, 1 x HDMI-In, 1 x optical audio out (Toslink), 1 x DC in;Internal Chassis Connections: 1 x USB 2.0 - Tool-less access via bottom door

Processor: Intel Core i5-4590T Processor Quad-Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.0 GHz);Operating System: SteamOS;Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU 2GB GDDR5;Memory: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz;Hard Drive: 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s;Game Controller: Steam Controller;Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 2x2 + Bluetooth 4.0;Slots: 2x DDR3 SoDIMM Sockets;Ports: External Chassis Connections, 2 x USB 2.0 (Front),2 x USB 3.0 (Back), 1 x RJ45 GbE, 1 x HDMI-Out 1.4a, 1 x HDMI-In, 1 x optical audio out (Toslink), 1 x DC in;Internal Chassis Connections: 1 x USB 2.0 - Tool-less access via bottom door

Processor: Intel Core i7-4785T Processor Quad-Core (8MB Cache, up to 3.2 GHz);Operating System: SteamOS;Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU 2GB GDDR5;Memory: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz;Hard Drive: 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s;Game Controller: Steam Controller;Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 2x2 + Bluetooth 4.0;Slots: 2x DDR3 SoDIMM Sockets;Ports: External Chassis Connections, 2 x USB 2.0 (Front),2 x USB 3.0 (Back), 1 x RJ45 GbE, 1 x HDMI-Out 1.4a, 1 x HDMI-In, 1 x optical audio out (Toslink), 1 x DC in;Internal Chassis Connections: 1 x USB 2.0 - Tool-less access via bottom door

PhoenixRising

It took a bit of searching but you can see all the specs by clicking the … It took a bit of searching but you can see all the specs by clicking the 'See more system requirements' link.Lazy link




Cool, that comment wasnt aimed at you, more the useless amazon page

Suggestions on the last deal for the same product suggest an SSD and win 10 license is best with this. I don't need one of these but I am tempted. For pure gaming the PS4 pro might be a better choice but this machine will be a jack of all trades with Windows 10.

Graphics card around 750ti levels. Close to OG PS4. I don't see the need of an i5 given the price premium. The extra 4gb ram would be useful for sure.

Good enough but the graphics are two generations old, its Laptop memory, and a "t" low power processor, If you could upgrade the graphics , maybe......

That's a lot of money for a basic HTPC

Surely an x box one s is a much better choice

Awful, even at this price

Dual Core i3? In-Home streaming would be terrible, amongst other things

GwanGy

Good enough but the graphics are two generations old, its Laptop memory, … Good enough but the graphics are two generations old, its Laptop memory, and a "t" low power processor, If you could upgrade the graphics , maybe......



The graphics would be my concern if I was looking to buy. While it might just be ok for the base i3 system, it seems odd that even the i5 and i7 versions appear to have exactly the same GPU with the same 2GB GDDR memory, which will increasingly become a limitation with the faster CPU spped largely wasted, and as GPU power is more important that CPU power with a lot of 3D games you would really be better if they had spent a bit more on the GPU and a bit less on the CPU....

Yeah, it seems like a bit of effort putting on the windows for a system that isn't that powerful and still £250...

I have a laptop with a 950m chip and its pretty decent but if this is only 860m Id worry you wouldn't be able to get that much out of it. Sure theres loads of videos of performance on the other thread but Id just go for an xbox one or ps4 if you don't already have one at this price

Just put together this machine using a mix of second hand, refurb, and new parts:

i5 2400
Asus P8H61-i
8GB RAM
450W Corsair PSU
Silverstone SG13 case

Came to £195. Used my own 1TB HDD from a previous PC. Just need to add a GPU - got a number of options that'll make it more powerful than this and keep the price under £300.

I'm not suggesting it's not a good price for what it is - as above, a number of the oarts I've bought are used. This Alienware is brand new, much smaller, and uses a lot less power. But it's an alternative.
Edited by: "satchef1" 17th Dec 2016

Could we install windows on this ? also would this run GTA V PC on steam ?

shardie886

Could we install windows on this ? also would this run GTA V PC on steam ?



Yes and yes.

This was posted a week or so back, long thread of comments on it. Many talking about installing windows on it.

£449.99 now

chojin

£449.99 now



8GB + 1TB version is still £299.

ok im guessing we may have some ppl here in the know when it comes to computing?? i on the other hand have no idea! i have a 12 year old son whos laptop has recently broken. he wants a new one for xmas or even a desktop. he needs something to do his homework on when needed but more importantly to him playing minecraft on! can anyone give me some advice or even make suggestions on laptops/ desktops! i was aiming to spend up to 350.. tia

Isn't £479.99 a good price for the i7 version? I'm interested in computing power and using this as a PC rather than a gaming machine.

Hondaadam

ok im guessing we may have some ppl here in the know when it comes to … ok im guessing we may have some ppl here in the know when it comes to computing?? i on the other hand have no idea! i have a 12 year old son whos laptop has recently broken. he wants a new one for xmas or even a desktop. he needs something to do his homework on when needed but more importantly to him playing minecraft on! can anyone give me some advice or even make suggestions on laptops/ desktops! i was aiming to spend up to 350.. tia



Don't go for this, buy a proper desktop - The graphics card is seriously underpowered to make the system smaller. If you have a desk and the space there will be better options... That said this will work fine for what he wants but youd have to install windows on it as the steam os isn't very good

ah_heng

Surely an x box one s is a much better choice



If you installed the Windows 10 it can be an xbox!

thanks chris.. so where is the best place to buy desktops from and could you make any suggestions in systems, brands specs ect

Sizzlestick

If you installed the Windows 10 it can be an xbox!


2nd gen alpha with gtx 960 is worth the extra. I boot windows 10 and replace shell with steam big picture. I have an Xbox and this set up is better. It's easy to convert from steam os to windows.

chrisredmayne

Don't go for this, buy a proper desktop - The graphics card is seriously … Don't go for this, buy a proper desktop - The graphics card is seriously underpowered to make the system smaller. If you have a desk and the space there will be better options... That said this will work fine for what he wants but youd have to install windows on it as the steam os isn't very good



Just build one, honestly it's no harder than Lego or IKEA furniture. If anyone wants help PM me

As much as the pc noobs won't admit it this is dated tech, a ps4 pro will perform significantly better it doesn't have the system overheads of windows 10 or steam os and has more power under the hood plus exclusives. As a gaming platform it's a failed model much better options out there.
Edited by: "alera" 18th Dec 2016

you wont be able to play new game on high setting with this even i am not talking about 4k gaming. wasting money. by the way i did not vote cold

PhoenixRising

I think the 1TB version at £299 is much better value as it also comes … I think the 1TB version at £299 is much better value as it also comes with 8GB of RAM versus 4GB in the 500GB version.



​i bought one last week. you can get 4gb ram for £22

the hdd is rubbish anyway and you will need an ssd.

better off getting the base version and putting the extra 28 towards a ssd.

shardie886

Could we install windows on this ? also would this run GTA V PC on steam ?



​i have one, i hve installed windows on it. its very simple to do :).

alera

As much as the pc noobs won't admit it this is dated tech, a ps4 pro will … As much as the pc noobs won't admit it this is dated tech, a ps4 pro will perform significantly better it doesn't have the system overheads of windows 10 or steam os and has more power under the hood plus exclusives. As a gaming platform it's a failed model much better options out there.



​a ps4 wont run dota2, wow, swtor, lol, planet coaster, motorsporr manager....

seriously would you question why someone might own an xbox and ps4?

specialoffers

you wont be able to play new game on high setting with this even i am not … you wont be able to play new game on high setting with this even i am not talking about 4k gaming. wasting money. by the way i did not vote cold



​nope you cant. but its £250 and its graphics output matches a ps4 easily. (i own both)

chrisredmayne

Don't go for this, buy a proper desktop - The graphics card is seriously … Don't go for this, buy a proper desktop - The graphics card is seriously underpowered to make the system smaller. If you have a desk and the space there will be better options... That said this will work fine for what he wants but youd have to install windows on it as the steam os isn't very good



​You'll struggle to build a pc for 250 as powerful as this.

This will run minecraft quite well, i imagine.

id buy this + 4gb ram(£25), windows 10 (£15 on here.... questionable site though), keyboard +mouse (£15) and a cheap 1080p monitor.

it will be more powerful than his old laptop without doubt! You'll just miss the portability of a laptop.

Hondaadam

thanks chris.. so where is the best place to buy desktops from and could … thanks chris.. so where is the best place to buy desktops from and could you make any suggestions in systems, brands specs ect



​tbh, just buy this, windows 10 (£15 on here...) a keyboard and mouse (£15), 4gb ram (£25) and a cheap monitor.

you are going to struggle to get a system with as much power as this for much less, let alone the form factor and dell brand ( dell own alienware).

for example, a similar system you would need to buy a power supply, case, mobo, ram, cpu and graphics card... to do that for 275 is going to be a massive ask.

8gb ram alone will be £50, psu + case £40?, which would leave about £185 for a mobo, cpu and graphics card...

the equivalent desktop graphic card to this is the gtx 750ti, which seems to be £100.

so thats would leave 85 for a cpu and mobo...
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