Alienware X51 console sized gaming PC core i5, 8GB RAM, Win 7/8, Nvidia 660 1.5GB TODAY ONLY was £899 now
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Alienware X51 console sized gaming PC core i5, 8GB RAM, Win 7/8, Nvidia 660 1.5GB TODAY ONLY was £899 now

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Found 5th Dec 2012
I know Alienware are usually very expensive for what they are but there's some stackable deals today which brings the price down to a cracking deal.

The x51 is a full gaming PC inside a custom console-sized chassis, primarily aimed to be put under a TV

Spec of this machine:
Intel core i5
Nvidia 660 1.5Gb
8GB RAM
1TB Hdd
Either Windows 7 or 8

1 years next day *IN HOME* warranty

Original price was £899
Instant savings of 10% on the dell site
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There's also 6% quidco too.

Reviews of this machine are excellent, especially now they have refreshed with the nvidia 660 graphics card.

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Alienware were awesome until Dell bought them out.

not sure if dell has killed that reputation by the fact the mass order there components so they are not of a high standard anymore??

Yes please Santa x

It's not terrible, but for the price, I'd expect an i7 and possibly an SSD - although that may be stretching it a bit.

Still not bad, though. Nice little set up with Steam Big Picture mode running on it as well.

"I know Alienware are usually very expensive for what they are but there's some stackable deals today which brings the price down to a cracking deal."

Still paying near £700 for a machine worth about £450.

Don't forget Dell are involved now. This spec from dell is a lot cheaper, you're paying £250 just for the brand name and case...

Original Poster

I know what you mean with Alienware having gone downhill but they are certainly on the up again, with the X51 a product of them being given back more independence while taking advantage of the Dell supply chain.

Check out the reviews for the X51 they are actually really good, although most reviews are from the beginning of the year whilst they were still shipping with the nvidia 555, they only swapped to the GTX 660 in aug/sept.

Original Poster

You're forgetting that the cost factors in custom motherboard, case and thermal design to get a workable gaming machine including a full dual slot GPU into such a small form factor.

Certainly not worth the full price but good value at the discounted rate IMO.

For that price I would be expecting at least 2 years warranty.

Cold as you could build your own with far better specs for this price and Alienware is overpriced at full price anyway.
Edited by: "0xygen" 5th Dec 2012

Banned

Alienware pcs are for people who "know about computer" but don't know how to build one.

Original Poster

0xygen

Cold, you could build your own with far better specs for this price.



Well yes, if you wanted an off the shelf full size case, it would be a job to build one yourself for that size and thermal management and include a full copy of windows and next day in home hardware support too for that price.

0xygen

Cold, you could build your own with far better specs for this price.



What if I don't know how to (or could be bothered to learn how to) build a computer. ....... Just like 99.2% of the population.

Overheating? Or else fans so fast they sound like a jet plane..... Upgrade ability?

Not for me, SFF gaming rigs can be done much better than this and cheaper too. If your convinced you want to out a gaming rig under your tv just buy an xbox.

yes i agree overheating under tv !!!! nvidia 660 works over 60c and cpu aswell in tiny case. get xbox!!!!!!! COLD!!!!!

whydoineedastupidusername

What if I don't know how to (or could be bothered to learn how to) build … What if I don't know how to (or could be bothered to learn how to) build a computer. ....... Just like 99.2% of the population.



All you do is put together the parts. I built my computer a few years ago and I couldn't believe how easy it was.

Original Poster

Buying an Alienware machine is the same as buying any Apple product. Is the price worth it? It depends if you appreciate the build quality, form factor and support. If you value those things then yes, and getting a discount on that price is even better. But granted you can always source parts and build one yourself cheaper, it just depends if you have the time, inclination and comparable parts to do so.

Edited by: "randomnut" 5th Dec 2012

lileddie

"I know Alienware are usually very expensive for what they are but … "I know Alienware are usually very expensive for what they are but there's some stackable deals today which brings the price down to a cracking deal."Still paying near £700 for a machine worth about £450.Don't forget Dell are involved now. This spec from dell is a lot cheaper, you're paying £250 just for the brand name and case...



£450? Good joke.

Fantastic price, I've had one of these for the last few months and it's ace. You couldn't build one yourself for this price and have it fit under your telly like a normal console.

Not sure how good a deal this is.
Last week the XPS8500 deals had an i7 and more memory and disk space with the same graphics card for slightly less.

ckaradogan34

yes i agree overheating under tv !!!! nvidia 660 works over 60c and cpu … yes i agree overheating under tv !!!! nvidia 660 works over 60c and cpu aswell in tiny case. get xbox!!!!!!! COLD!!!!!



Surely given the evidence it should be HOT!!!!! not COLD!!!!!!

The XPS with £100 off was a better deal. I got an i7 for about 520, 470 if quidco tracks. This has a better graphics card granted but you can always upgrade later. Not sure if the £100 off deal is still on though.

I heard these overheat really bad

minicale

I heard these overheat really bad


That would make sense, as nor the CPU nor GPU are very heat-efficient and not much cooling systems you can fit in there...

Original Poster

It depends. The original models used sandy bridge processors and nvidia 555 cards which were more power and heat, but even then I haven't seen an epidemic of overheating X51s.

These new models include ivy bridge + 660 gtx = less power and heat.

Build your own around an sg05 case and you will get a better system for your money

Build your own around an sg05 case and you will get a better system for your money

cost because alienware sucks

randomnut

Buying an Alienware machine is the same as buying any Apple product.



No, no, it is really not. From the Alienware PCs and laptops I've seen first hand the engineering is nothing like what Apple offers and very similar to Dell's other "premium" lines (Latitude). They throw a few LEDs on to them and have a handful of gaming marketing tie-ins (e.g. free games, mousemats, etc) but they are in no way engineered well.

I would take your average Asus machine over an Alienware purely in terms of build quality any day. I would certainly take a Thinkpad or Apple.

problem with sg05 its way wider , this is the only option u have if you want a nice compact gaming htpc to slot into a tv stand

as far i am aware there are no slimline pc cases that can take full size graphics cards?

lileddie

"I know Alienware are usually very expensive for what they are but … "I know Alienware are usually very expensive for what they are but there's some stackable deals today which brings the price down to a cracking deal."Still paying near £700 for a machine worth about £450.



£450? This exact spec as a self build costs around £610 (albeit with an ATX case/PSU, so you're losing the small form factor).

lileddie

Don't forget Dell are involved now. This spec from dell is a lot cheaper, … Don't forget Dell are involved now. This spec from dell is a lot cheaper, you're paying £250 just for the brand name and case...



You're paying more like 90 quid for the form factor and not having to build it yourself. It's a good deal, although I personally prefer self builds for the range of choices.

Python5

Alienware were awesome until Dell bought them out.not sure if dell has … Alienware were awesome until Dell bought them out.not sure if dell has killed that reputation by the fact the mass order there components so they are not of a high standard anymore??



Haha, you don't know how much of a hipster you sound like by saying that.

lileddie

"I know Alienware are usually very expensive for what they are but … "I know Alienware are usually very expensive for what they are but there's some stackable deals today which brings the price down to a cracking deal."Still paying near £700 for a machine worth about £450.



Go on then, put it together or find pre-built for £450. That would help all the Hot Deals people.
Dells own Inspiron starts at £429, with lesser processor (S series 3450 which is underclocked), half the RAM, integrated graphics
Pre-build from Aria that's close spec is £550, with lesser graphics but more disk.

I can't find the main parts - CPU, 8GB RAM, graphics, HDD for much less than £400 so a build yourself is out of the question
CPU is £140 minimum (personally I would replace it with the K series for overclocking but we are budget building here)
HDD 1TB is 50-60
RAM - £25 ish
GFX is £160 - though I admit I can't find a 1.5GB version in retail channels, only appears on pre-built machines from what I can see.
Before we add OS, motherboard, case, PSU.

Then what about warranty, delivery, someone putting it together.

Original Poster

lileddie

"I know Alienware are usually very expensive for what they are but … "I know Alienware are usually very expensive for what they are but there's some stackable deals today which brings the price down to a cracking deal."Still paying near £700 for a machine worth about £450.

lileddie

Don't forget Dell are involved now. This spec from dell is a lot … Don't forget Dell are involved now. This spec from dell is a lot cheaper, you're paying £250 just for the brand name and case...



Agreed, that and peace of mind of having someone turn up with a replacement part next-day if necessary.

I also prefer self build (have built every non-mac I've ever owned) but I actually require this form factor to go under my TV to replace my Xbox and this is the best option. As previously mentioned the Steam Big Picture mode now makes it almost perfect.

I built my own PC but I know a good deal when I see one and this is pretty decent. Sure you could build something for maybe £100 less that's equivalent but it won't be as compact.

+£80 for the i7-3770... what do you think?

Why, whenever a PC is posted there is ALWAYS a slew of posts claiming it is cheaper to build your own? Building your own takes a lot of time, knowledge and research which a lot of people don't have...

It is perfectly feasible to build your own car if you want to but how many people actually do?

Anyway for this price, you are getting a machine about the size of a 360 that will sit under the TV quite nicely and will play most new releases at 1080p 60fps.

I'd like to see someone demonstrate how they would be able to build a comparable machine cheaper! I bet they can't!

lileddie

Still paying near £700 for a machine worth about £450.


X) I recently built an i5 machine for a friend. It came to £400 and that was without a hard drive (gave him my old one) and no OS. Plus a Radeon 7770 and only 4GB RAM.
So no, this is not worth about £450...

WaveMotionEngine

+£80 for the i7-3770... what do you think?



No need unless you're doing media work like video encoding.

Tillbo

Why, whenever a PC is posted there is ALWAYS a slew of posts claiming it … Why, whenever a PC is posted there is ALWAYS a slew of posts claiming it is cheaper to build your own? Building your own takes a lot of time, knowledge and research which a lot of people don't have...It is perfectly feasible to build your own car if you want to but how many people actually do?Anyway for this price, you are getting a machine about the size of a 360 that will sit under the TV quite nicely and will play most new releases at 1080p 60fps.I'd like to see someone demonstrate how they would be able to build a comparable machine cheaper! I bet they can't!



Building a PC is about has hard as putting together Lego. A little easier than some Ikea furniture. I could teach a child to do it. It also doesn't take long to do, an afternoon, max?

Original Poster

WaveMotionEngine

+£80 for the i7-3770... what do you think?



The only benefit of the i7 is a few more MHz, bit more l3 cache and hyper threading. Given you need identically sized instructions to get any real benefit from HT most things won't use it, especially not gaming. Wouldn't recommend it.
Edited by: "randomnut" 5th Dec 2012

I appreciate the i7 advice, kharma45 and randomnut!
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