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Buying an Alienware x51 soon. What Can I expect it to run?

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May 30, 2013 7:30:01 AM

This Alienware is £569 and it's specs are;

CPU; Intel® Core™ i3-3220 Processor (3.30 GHz, 3MB Cache, with Hyper-Threading Technology)
OS; Windows 8 64 bit
RAM; 6GB2 Dual Channel at 1333MHz
Hard Drive; 1TB Serial ATA (7,200 rpm)
GPU; 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 645

And I get the cool keyboard and everything with it. Will this be able to run Arma/Dayz and you know high end games well on max graphics? if not what should be upgraded?

Right now I have this computer;
CPU; AMD Athlon II X2 255 3.10GHz
OS; Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
RAM; 2GB
Hard Drive; 450 GB
GPU; (I used to lagg a bit with my old ATI 5550, but now I got AMD 6770 HD, and you can feel the difference much better)

And I can run a lot of games no problem. But I can't have everything maxed (mostly shadows for example) and there is lagg when there's a lot going on. So with the Alienware I just want to be able to play perfectly fine with high graphics, everything don't have to be maxed out like post processing and anti an-aliasing. Thanks.
May 30, 2013 7:41:54 AM

Modern games at low or medium settings at 1080p.

It will not max any new games or even play them on high and some not even medium.

The GPU is the weak point.

You are better off building a PC yourself.
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May 30, 2013 7:43:23 AM

Dude! You're buying an Alienware PC with a WORSE graphics card than your current system. The Alienware is a step down, and you're spending nearly £600 on it? That makes no sense.

What resolution are you gaming at? You'll need much better graphics than a GTX 645 if you want everything maxed out.

Build your own computer, it's a much better idea than getting ripped of by Dell.

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May 30, 2013 7:43:54 AM

Ah alright thanks. It's easy enough to upgrade the graphics card anyway, which do you recommend? and should I put my AMD 6770 in it meanwhile? or are they like both the same.

Also I think I'm gaming at 1080p, I have 22inch moniter. And that Alienware ain't a stepdown lol, everything on it is much better adnd the cpu I'm on now amd athlon is stone age.
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May 30, 2013 7:45:43 AM

They are similar. The issue is, you will have to replace the PSU to install a new graphics card. THis is impossible because of the case form factor. You are pretty stuck with the current GPU.

Never buy an alienware. Build something yourself, you will get MUCH more for your money.
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May 30, 2013 7:52:29 AM

Look what you could get for LESS MONEY:

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Aria PC) -- Much better than the i3 you linked, i5 gives 30% or so better gaming performance than an i3
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£53.97 @ Dabs) -- 2GB more memory than the Alienware
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.06 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£149.98 @ Amazon UK) -- Obviously much better than the GTX 645, since it's a GTX 660, probably at least 60-70% faster
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£29.38 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.52 @ Dabs)
Total: £539.89

Putting a PC together is a simple as putting LEGO together. Don't waste your money on the Alienware! Above is a PC that will run games probably very close to twice as fast, for a lower price.

EDIT: Everything on the Alienware is much better? Well how about the MOST IMPORTANT bit for gaming, the graphics card? You want to buy a new PC, just so that you have to spend £175+ upgrading the graphics?

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May 30, 2013 8:10:40 AM

That's all good and stuff but I want cool lights lol. But seriously I have no idea how to build PC I mean if I just buy the cheaper Alienware then at least I know everything works, and if something goes wrong I can just contact them, Instead of having all different types of stuff slapped everywhere lol, and I heard because the GTX 645 is GDDR5 or something and not 3, it will work just as good as a 660. I dunno. I just want something that looks really good, black & green for example.
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May 30, 2013 8:13:13 AM

No a gtx645 is nothing close to a gtx660.

If lights are more important than gaming, get an alienware. You can add LEDs to any PC though.

The alienware will play modern games at low/maybe medium settings at 1080p.

Building a computer is stupid easy, and you will get MUCH better parts and have the ability to upgrade.
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May 30, 2013 8:20:28 AM

A light strip costs like £10. Looks much better than anything Alienware too, since you can have a windowed side panel.

I kind of don't understand your argument either. At first you were saying all that mattered to you was good gaming performance, now it's all about the computer's "looks". How much time do you spend staring at your computer case while playing a game? Your willing to have half the gaming performance because it "looks better"?

If something goes wrong with your PC, you can just return the faulty part and get a new one dispatched the next day from Amazon free of charge, isn't that much better than having to send your computer in for repairs for 2+ weeks?

The GTX 660 I linked is GDDR5, so I'm not sure what you mean by that...

There are many great looking cases out there, and amazing looking builds too, miles better than any Alienware rig. Check out mine for example:



If you like Green, check out the sweet Corsair C70:



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