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Best Portable Gaming PC - Dell Outlet?

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December 27, 2013 10:48:00 AM

Currently i'm looking to get a portable desktop that I would be able to fit in my backpack (backpack is a decent size it can fit a 15 in laptop). I was looking into building a gaming PC but most of the cases I have seen look to be pretty large. I started to look around at tikis/alienware/revolts and it seemed to me the X51 came out ahead as far as spec/price goes. I was looking at the dell outlet and for 850$ you can get....

Alienware X51
Processor: Intel Core 3rd Generation i5-3330 Processor (3.0GHz (6MB Cache) with Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium
1TB 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz (2x 4GB)
Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
1.5 GB nVidia GDDR5 GeForce GTX 660
Dell Outlet Alienware X51 Desktop

My budget is about $1000 so that would leave me room to get a half decent monitor. The X51 includes a mouse and keyboard also. I'm not really concerned about being able to play every game on max settings just having something that could be lag free and play most games for the next 4? years. Right now for a gaming rig im using a standard business laptop that has a NVS 4200 (about equal to today's Intel 4400-5000 from benchmarks I have looked at) so I can't really play any modern games on it.

So my main questions are,
Do you think is is a good buy? Anyone have good/bad experiences with the Dell-outlet? Could I build something small/better that would be portable?

Again looking for roughly a 1000$ build, including monitor, portable.
December 27, 2013 11:02:05 AM

You could probably build something smaller and better for that pricepoint. Dell, particularly alienware, has kind of fallen from grace in recent years. They no longer sport the quality parts that used to be packed into every alienware computer. Nowadays they just use the same low end Chinese parts that go into dells. So while the specs of that computer are good, the quality/longevity is something I would question. custom built pcs guarantee you are getting the features you want, with the quality parts you want. ill throw a newegg cart together for a micro ITX build for you and see how you like it. but I always recommend custom builds for people who have the patience to do it themselves.
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December 27, 2013 11:23:28 AM

Heres a cart for you to consider. I didn't include a monitor so it could stay under $1000. If you want to cheap out on a few of the parts (cheaper memory, cheaper PSU) or find sales on any of the parts, that's a way to shave off some money but overall, this recommendation is solid on performance, quality, and price.

all from newegg.com

Processor: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2ghz LGA 1150 Quad Core Processor- $200
Motherboard: Asus H87I-PLUS LGA 1150 Mini ITX MB- $120
Memory: TEAM Dark 8gb (2x4gb) DDR3 1600- $65
Power Supply: CORSAIR CXM series 600M 600watt PSU- $70
Storage: SAMSUNG 840 EVO 120gb SSD- $90
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Case- $50
Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-3765-KR GTX 760 2gb- $260
Operating System: Windows 7 Home- $100
Any DVD Burner- $20

Total: $975- Does NOT include monitor, tax, or shipping. BUT it also doesn't include rebates you will receive. Or the 3 free games you get with the video card.

Like I said some parts are flexible- if you find a cheaper kit of ram on sale, go for it. If you want to go for a cheaper processor, the I3 4340 is good and has 4mb of L3 cache. The video card is the bare minimum I would get. a 600 series is a little dated, and the 700 series perform much better.

Any questions, just ask! I hope this helped!
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December 27, 2013 1:53:27 PM

Awesome thanks for the help! Very informative!
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December 27, 2013 1:53:27 PM

Awesome thanks for the help! Very informative!
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