Alienware X51 - £50 off £858.99 @ Dell
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Alienware X51 - £50 off £858.99 @ Dell

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Found 30th Aug 2015
I don't know a great deal about gaming PCs apart from providing them for my 10 year old son, but I was looking to get him a better PC and came across this deal. Dell is giving £50 off the normal price until 28 October.

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my mate bought an alienware. lasted 2 weeks before it broke. cheaper buying the parts yourself or buying from elsewhere.

hotukdeals.com/dea…540 < a much better deal posted on here last week with the exact same CPU and Processor and a better case. You need to buy windows but you'll still be £300 better off. Alienwares have always been a rip off selling mid-range systems at high-end prices under some smart branding.
Edited by: "Aradria" 30th Aug 2015

Never buy alienware, everyone I know that has done so regretted it.

Buying parts separately is usually best, if you don't know anyone that can put it together then I am sure Novatech or someone similar would be willing to do it before shipping

Aradria

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/intel-core-i5-4460-1tb-hdd-8gb-ram-gtx-960-2gb-gaming-pc-499-freshtechsolutions-2269540 < a much better deal posted on here last week with the exact same CPU and Processor and a better case. You need to buy windows but you'll still be £300 better off. Alienwares have always been a rip off selling mid-range systems at high-end prices under some smart branding.



No not Always, pre Dell they were pretty highly regarded, You could see where the extra money went back then.

Ive just knocked this up for you and it will murder that Dell machine its come in £140 cheaper than the dell but as with anything you can chop and change maybe a better case a faster GPU although this will play all games at high detail at 1080p or a bit more ram. Theirs no OS but theirs a site where you buy genuine keys for about £20 im sure some one will add that, this machines uses X99 stuff and intels badest CPU's so much much faster than most setups. If you shop about you could save on some parts but i like Amazon as theirs never a issue with refunds or exchanges.


Asus Intel Lga2011-V3 X99-A M.2X4 SATA Motherboard £188.58
amazon.co.uk/Asu…lga

Intel i7-5820K £307
amazon.co.uk/Int…SR1

Crucial 8 GB (4 GB x 2) DDR4 2666 £56.30
amazon.co.uk/Cru…dr4
EVGA 500W PC Power Supply £31.99
amazon.co.uk/EVG…PSU

BitFenix Neos - tower - ATX can be had in different colours £32.45
amazon.co.uk/Bit…ase

Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti £99
amazon.co.uk/Nvi…750

Total cost £716.28

Edited by: "polly69" 30th Aug 2015

The main bonus of one of these is the size.

polly69

Ive just knocked this up for you and it will murder that Dell machine its … Ive just knocked this up for you and it will murder that Dell machine its come in £140 cheaper than the dell but as with anything you can chop and change maybe a better case a faster GPU although this will play all games at high detail at 1080p or a bit more ram. Theirs no OS but theirs a site where you buy genuine keys for about £20 im sure some one will add that, this machines uses X99 stuff and intels badest CPU's so much much faster than most setups. If you shop about you could save on some parts but i like Amazon as theirs never a issue with refunds or exchanges. Asus Intel Lga2011-V3 X99-A M.2X4 SATA Motherboard £188.58http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Intel-Lga2011-V3-M-2X4-Motherboard/dp/B00N98RXQO/ref=sr_1_6?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1440956426&sr=1-6&keywords=lgaIntel i7-5820K £307http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-i7-5820K-Extreme-Processor-Generation/dp/B00MMLXIKY/ref=pd_sim_147_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=01GV239FZGQ32A4M3SR1Crucial 8 GB (4 GB x 2) DDR4 2666 £56.30http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-DDR4-2666-Memory-Module/dp/B00RCGJLLO/ref=sr_1_67?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1440956623&sr=1-67&keywords=ddr4EVGA 500W PC Power Supply £31.99http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-500W-PC-Power-Supply/dp/B00GP5Y6J0/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1440956707&sr=1-1&keywords=PSUBitFenix Neos - tower - ATX can be had in different colours £32.45http://www.amazon.co.uk/BitFenix-BFC-NEO-100-WWXKB-RP-Neos-tower-ATX/dp/B00KDR40VK/ref=sr_1_11?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1440956870&sr=1-11&keywords=pc+caseAsus Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti £99http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GeForce-Graphics-GDDR5-PCI-Express/dp/B00ICUGOP0/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1440957130&sr=1-1&keywords=750Total cost £716.28


The dell machine has a GTX 960 though - but point taken.

Why is everyone saying " build it yourself etc "

when op has quite clearly said:

"I don't know a great deal about gaming PCs apart from providing them for my 10 year old son"

Original Poster

Thank you Polly, but wouldn't the addition of a hard disk, optical drive, WiFi, OS and other bits and pieces bring the price up to about the same? It would seem that the advantages of the Alienware machine would be:
1. It comes as a turn-key solution and doesn't need putting together and configuring.
2. From my 10 year old son's point of view: it has those cool changing lights and the badge :-)
AO

polly69

Ive just knocked this up for you and it will murder that Dell machine its … Ive just knocked this up for you and it will murder that Dell machine its come in £140 cheaper than the dell but as with anything you can chop and change maybe a better case a faster GPU although this will play all games at high detail at 1080p or a bit more ram. Theirs no OS but theirs a site where you buy genuine keys for about £20 im sure some one will add that, this machines uses X99 stuff and intels badest CPU's so much much faster than most setups. If you shop about you could save on some parts but i like Amazon as theirs never a issue with refunds or exchanges. Asus Intel Lga2011-V3 X99-A M.2X4 SATA Motherboard £188.58http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Intel-Lga2011-V3-M-2X4-Motherboard/dp/B00N98RXQO/ref=sr_1_6?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1440956426&sr=1-6&keywords=lgaIntel i7-5820K £307http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-i7-5820K-Extreme-Processor-Generation/dp/B00MMLXIKY/ref=pd_sim_147_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=01GV239FZGQ32A4M3SR1Crucial 8 GB (4 GB x 2) DDR4 2666 £56.30http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-DDR4-2666-Memory-Module/dp/B00RCGJLLO/ref=sr_1_67?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1440956623&sr=1-67&keywords=ddr4EVGA 500W PC Power Supply £31.99http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-500W-PC-Power-Supply/dp/B00GP5Y6J0/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1440956707&sr=1-1&keywords=PSUBitFenix Neos - tower - ATX can be had in different colours £32.45http://www.amazon.co.uk/BitFenix-BFC-NEO-100-WWXKB-RP-Neos-tower-ATX/dp/B00KDR40VK/ref=sr_1_11?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1440956870&sr=1-11&keywords=pc+caseAsus Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti £99http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GeForce-Graphics-GDDR5-PCI-Express/dp/B00ICUGOP0/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1440957130&sr=1-1&keywords=750Total cost £716.28


Yeah you can't compare a parts list that exludes key components such as hard drive, DVD drive, operating system. A prebuilt system really needs comparing to other prebuilt systems. Sure many of us can and want to build our own, but many other don't or can't.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 30th Aug 2015

Don't understand how any computer especialy a gaming one does not come with an ssd for O/S with hd ,know its price point but I consider it essential now a days.

morrig

Don't understand how any computer especialy a gaming one does not come … Don't understand how any computer especialy a gaming one does not come with an ssd for O/S with hd ,know its price point but I consider it essential now a days.


othen

Thank you Polly, but wouldn't the addition of a hard disk, optical drive, … Thank you Polly, but wouldn't the addition of a hard disk, optical drive, WiFi, OS and other bits and pieces bring the price up to about the same? It would seem that the advantages of the Alienware machine would be:1. It comes as a turn-key solution and doesn't need putting together and configuring.2. From my 10 year old son's point of view: it has those cool changing lights and the badge :-)AO



It's a bit of a shame pairing a 5820K with a 750ti. You could build a substantially better gaming PC by going i5 4690k and pairing it with a gtx 970.

But we're getting off topic, the truth of the matter for OP is that their is some peace of mind for non-builders in buying a pre-built system. However, the Alienware is not a deal, and for less money you can receive a higher spec'd, better quality pc with greater support from a specialised vendor.

You can buy this from Scan for less than £800.
scan.co.uk/pro…-81

You buy this from Overclockers for less than £800 with a 250gb SSD, 1TB Hard Drive and Windows 10
overclockers.co.uk/sho…487

This from Cyberpower is an amazing build for the price, their quality and support is reviewed as good:
cyberpowersystem.co.uk/sys…ite

These are only some of your options, but you've got good choice out there. The Alienware can look to be a good deal on paper, but dell are renown for using custom boards and parts which can make doing very minor upgrades in the future a lot more difficult. All of the PC builds above will use standard retail parts, and can be upgraded with relative ease if you would like to extend the life of your investment outside of the warranty duration.

I would consider the CyberPower one. It should be more than capable of powering most AAA games at standard Full HD for the next few years.

Original Poster

Thank you Josh,
That was really kind of you. My son's current gaming machine is a Dell with:
Xenon E5345 CPU @ 2.33 GHz
GTX 550Ti GPU
16 GB RAM
500 GB HDD
Win 10 (64 bit)
I'm wondering whether I'd be better off upgrading it with a better GPU and a SSD (plus a cool case with changing colour lights), or getting him one of the machines you suggest (or the Aleinware I first proposed).
I have not built a PC since the 90s when they were 386 and 486 based, but I dare say I could manage.
My son's 11th birthday is coming up in about a month, it would be nice to get him something he would like, a bit of advice from people who know about gaming PCs would be appreciated.
Alan

joshbaboo

It's a bit of a shame pairing a 5820K with a 750ti. You could build a … It's a bit of a shame pairing a 5820K with a 750ti. You could build a substantially better gaming PC by going i5 4690k and pairing it with a gtx 970. But we're getting off topic, the truth of the matter for OP is that their is some peace of mind for non-builders in buying a pre-built system. However, the Alienware is not a deal, and for less money you can receive a higher spec'd, better quality pc with greater support from a specialised vendor.You can buy this from Scan for less than £800.http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3xs-gamer-gt-intel-i5-4590-8gb-corsair-evga-gtx-960-sc-1tb-hybrid-sshd-win-81You buy this from Overclockers for less than £800 with a 250gb SSD, 1TB Hard Drive and Windows 10https://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-430-OE&groupid=43&catid=2475&subcat=2487This from Cyberpower is an amazing build for the price, their quality and support is reviewed as good:https://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/system/Infinity_X5_EliteThese are only some of your options, but you've got good choice out there. The Alienware can look to be a good deal on paper, but dell are renown for using custom boards and parts which can make doing very minor upgrades in the future a lot more difficult. All of the PC builds above will use standard retail parts, and can be upgraded with relative ease if you would like to extend the life of your investment outside of the warranty duration.I would consider the CyberPower one. It should be more than capable of powering most AAA games at standard Full HD for the next few years.


Although the Dell can be competent for basic browsing and office work, its going to struggle playing any modern games.
1GB of ddr2 ram is not big or fast enough, the cpu is 8 years old, and graphics card may just about play games on low to medium settings but you'd need to pair it with high spec components.

PC building hasn't much changed since the 90s. Just new ports, connectors for usb 3 and more complicated cpu heat-sink mounting. If you're willing to spend a little bit of time researching, YouTube has thousands of guides on building PCs.

I would recommend watching some of LinusTechTips to re-familiarise with the changes in pc building. Also he has a great video on building a budget gaming build youtube.com/wat…L_k

It looks as if you've got a substantially higher budget, so you would be able to make upgrades to the CPU and Graphics.

However if you're looking for a "statement build" for your son's birthday, have a look at CyberPower's builds, they tend to have some led lighting and amazing cable management.

othen

Thank you Josh,That was really kind of you. My son's current gaming … Thank you Josh,That was really kind of you. My son's current gaming machine is a Dell with:Xenon E5345 CPU @ 2.33 GHzGTX 550Ti GPU16 GB RAM500 GB HDDWin 10 (64 bit)I'm wondering whether I'd be better off upgrading it with a better GPU and a SSD (plus a cool case with changing colour lights), or getting him one of the machines you suggest (or the Aleinware I first proposed).I have not built a PC since the 90s when they were 386 and 486 based, but I dare say I could manage.My son's 11th birthday is coming up in about a month, it would be nice to get him something he would like, a bit of advice from people who know about gaming PCs would be appreciated.Alan

Original Poster

Thank you Josh, again that was very useful.
Actually my son's PC has 16GB of RAM, not 1GB, but I take your point about the components being a bit long in the tooth.
I'm more tempted to source a built machine for Dan's birthday, although I'm sure I'd work out the construction it would be a lot neater to get a factory built one. I found this link from a previous (similar) deal:

freshtechsolutions.co.uk/int…tml

If you could spare a moment perhaps you would give me an opinion on whether it would be suitable as a gaming machine. I quite like this one because it has a SSD rather than a hard disk. It does not come with an OS, but I have a Win 7 64bit disc from a previous machine and I suspect I could just buy a key code from someone (such as Microsoft). This seems quite good value at under £600, which is well within budget.

Best wishes,

Alan

joshbaboo

Although the Dell can be competent for basic browsing and office work, … Although the Dell can be competent for basic browsing and office work, its going to struggle playing any modern games.1GB of ddr2 ram is not big or fast enough, the cpu is 8 years old, and graphics card may just about play games on low to medium settings but you'd need to pair it with high spec components.PC building hasn't much changed since the 90s. Just new ports, connectors for usb 3 and more complicated cpu heat-sink mounting. If you're willing to spend a little bit of time researching, YouTube has thousands of guides on building PCs. I would recommend watching some of LinusTechTips to re-familiarise with the changes in pc building. Also he has a great video on building a budget gaming build https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbDiSMQ_L_kIt looks as if you've got a substantially higher budget, so you would be able to make upgrades to the CPU and Graphics.However if you're looking for a "statement build" for your son's birthday, have a look at CyberPower's builds, they tend to have some led lighting and amazing cable management.


Alan, you may not be looking (or want) a refurbished system but if so, check Dell's outlet around 3pm during weekdays. Links don't always seem to work here so best to Google 'dell uk desktop outlet' or click here:
dell.com/uk/…ops
I've bought many, many systems from there over the years. Most are customer returns and never used, some have minor wear but generally work as you'd expect.

These X51's are substantially reduced though they do sell out quickly (currently there aren't any but do check every so often as Dell update the inventory every weekday). I'm currently typing on an X51 R2 I bought for just over £600 from there and I do keep an eye out every so often. For example, earlier this month the following system was available for £654 with 1 year next business day onsite warranty:

i7-4790
8GB Ram
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
2GB Nvidia 960
DVD drive
AC Wifi

So a decent mid-range mini-desktop at a price not far off if building it yourself. I've used Dell for business and personal use for many years and still feel they're good value for money if purchased from the outlet department.

Hope it helps.

Original Poster

Many thanks Cheaperbythe12,
That was really useful as well. I think Dan's current PC was a refurbished one from Dell a few years ago. I didn't know much about gaming machines so I just bought him a good business PC and later realised it needed a better GPU (which is about the limit of my understanding of gaming machines now, although I've done quite a lot of reading in the past couple of days). I will check the site to see if something suitable comes up, many thanks.
Alan

cheaperbythe12

Alan, you may not be looking (or want) a refurbished system but if so, … Alan, you may not be looking (or want) a refurbished system but if so, check Dell's outlet around 3pm during weekdays. Links don't always seem to work here so best to Google 'dell uk desktop outlet' or click here:http://www.dell.com/uk/dfh/p/desktopsI've bought many, many systems from there over the years. Most are customer returns and never used, some have minor wear but generally work as you'd expect.These X51's are substantially reduced though they do sell out quickly (currently there aren't any but do check every so often as Dell update the inventory every weekday). I'm currently typing on an X51 R2 I bought for just over £600 from there and I do keep an eye out every so often. For example, earlier this month the following system was available for £654 with 1 year next business day onsite warranty:i7-47908GB Ram256GB SSD + 1TB HDD2GB Nvidia 960DVD driveAC WifiSo a decent mid-range mini-desktop at a price not far off if building it yourself. I've used Dell for business and personal use for many years and still feel they're good value for money if purchased from the outlet department. Hope it helps.


That does look pretty good value, however I've a few concerns.
The stock cpu cooler should really be switched out with a high end air or at a minimum a All-In-One 120mm water cooler.
I've read some bad reviews of Corsair's low end PSU's, I would advise upon a 500W or 55W EVGA power supply.
Unless the you or the retailer is going to overclock the cpu, the K variant has wasted potential running at stock settings.

The recommended upgrades will push the price up. I've taken a few minutes and put together a build for you on NovaTech which should meet all of your requirements and keep you going for the next 3-5 years without problems.

novatech.co.uk/mod…643

With regards to Windows, I would recommended looking at websites such as Kinguin.org or G2A.com, you can pick up Win 8 key for around £25.


othen

Thank you Josh, again that was very useful.Actually my son's PC has 16GB … Thank you Josh, again that was very useful.Actually my son's PC has 16GB of RAM, not 1GB, but I take your point about the components being a bit long in the tooth.I'm more tempted to source a built machine for Dan's birthday, although I'm sure I'd work out the construction it would be a lot neater to get a factory built one. I found this link from a previous (similar) deal:http://www.freshtechsolutions.co.uk/intel-z97-i5-4690k-240gb-ssd-8gb-1600mhz-gtx-960-2gb-z3-plus-gaming-pc.htmlIf you could spare a moment perhaps you would give me an opinion on whether it would be suitable as a gaming machine. I quite like this one because it has a SSD rather than a hard disk. It does not come with an OS, but I have a Win 7 64bit disc from a previous machine and I suspect I could just buy a key code from someone (such as Microsoft). This seems quite good value at under £600, which is well within budget.Best wishes,Alan

I dont make many comments here, but i had one of these. The first time I got it and booked it up i had problems... After 2 days it would take atleast 15mins to boot up... Contacts dell. Did not understand a word of what I was saying... I asked to be put though to a Uk customer service.... Was told there was not one... After 3 weeks i finally got them to pick up it and issue a refund... Overall a DAM NIGHTMARE... DELL = PROBELMS.

Original Poster

Thanks again Josh,
I have learned quite a lot about gaming PCs over the past couple of days, to the extent that I have worked out what my son needs (many thanks for taking the time to specify a model). The cost differential between buying a built machine and constructing it from components seems to be tiny, but with it there would be some integration risk. I think it likely that I'll get a built PC along the lines of the specification you drafted for Dan's birthday.
I did a quick search and have found MMAGO is selling Win 7 keys for £14.77, which I think would do. I have a Win 7 64bit installation disk here, so I think all I will need is to change the BIOS to boot from the optical drive first and the MS key code when prompted. Once Win 7 is installed the upgrade to Win 10 is free anyway.
Many thanks,
Alan


joshbaboo

That does look pretty good value, however I've a few concerns.The stock … That does look pretty good value, however I've a few concerns.The stock cpu cooler should really be switched out with a high end air or at a minimum a All-In-One 120mm water cooler.I've read some bad reviews of Corsair's low end PSU's, I would advise upon a 500W or 55W EVGA power supply.Unless the you or the retailer is going to overclock the cpu, the K variant has wasted potential running at stock settings.The recommended upgrades will push the price up. I've taken a few minutes and put together a build for you on NovaTech which should meet all of your requirements and keep you going for the next 3-5 years without problems.http://www.novatech.co.uk/modifier.html?s=PC-1941&b=2643With regards to Windows, I would recommended looking at websites such as Kinguin.org or G2A.com, you can pick up Win 8 key for around £25.


No worries, glad to help.

othen

Thanks again Josh,I have learned quite a lot about gaming PCs over the … Thanks again Josh,I have learned quite a lot about gaming PCs over the past couple of days, to the extent that I have worked out what my son needs (many thanks for taking the time to specify a model). The cost differential between buying a built machine and constructing it from components seems to be tiny, but with it there would be some integration risk. I think it likely that I'll get a built PC along the lines of the specification you drafted for Dan's birthday.I did a quick search and have found MMAGO is selling Win 7 keys for £14.77, which I think would do. I have a Win 7 64bit installation disk here, so I think all I will need is to change the BIOS to boot from the optical drive first and the MS key code when prompted. Once Win 7 is installed the upgrade to Win 10 is free anyway.Many thanks,Alan


Original Poster

Just one more question if I may Josh,
Re: your point about the 'K' variant of the CPU. I'll look up overclocking later, but would I be right in thinking that for gaming PCs most of the processing is done by the GPU drawing pictures rather than the CPU, and therefore there is no advantage in this feature?
Alan

joshbaboo

That does look pretty good value, however I've a few concerns.The stock … That does look pretty good value, however I've a few concerns.The stock cpu cooler should really be switched out with a high end air or at a minimum a All-In-One 120mm water cooler.I've read some bad reviews of Corsair's low end PSU's, I would advise upon a 500W or 55W EVGA power supply.Unless the you or the retailer is going to overclock the cpu, the K variant has wasted potential running at stock settings.The recommended upgrades will push the price up. I've taken a few minutes and put together a build for you on NovaTech which should meet all of your requirements and keep you going for the next 3-5 years without problems.http://www.novatech.co.uk/modifier.html?s=PC-1941&b=2643With regards to Windows, I would recommended looking at websites such as Kinguin.org or G2A.com, you can pick up Win 8 key for around £25.


The K variant processors have an unlocked multiplier which allows for easy overclocking.
As for the CPU/GPU workload, it does depend on the game. Most FPS games would heavily use the GPU for rendering, but use the CPU for physics and location based calculations.
I find that RTS games and games that utilise a lot of mathematical calculations to function will utilise the cpu.

Might be useful to do a search for "the role of a cpu in gaming" - there is a forum post on overclockers discussing this in more depth. Stick with a modern i5 and you can't really go too wrong.

othen

Just one more question if I may Josh,Re: your point about the 'K' variant … Just one more question if I may Josh,Re: your point about the 'K' variant of the CPU. I'll look up overclocking later, but would I be right in thinking that for gaming PCs most of the processing is done by the GPU drawing pictures rather than the CPU, and therefore there is no advantage in this feature?Alan


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