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Performing Major Upgrade to an Alienware

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July 4, 2007 10:34:34 PM

I'm about to attempt major surgery on my 2-year-old Alienware Area 51. Below are my current specs, and below them are the components I'm planning to upgrade with. Does anyone see any compatibility problems or other issues? Thanks for any suggestions.

Current specs:
Alienware Area-51 5550
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 Processor 560J w/ HT Technology 3.6GHz 1MB Cache
PSU: SilverStone 600W ST60F
Motherboard: Abit AA8XE PCI Express with Intel 925XE Chipset 1066/800MHz FSB
Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz - 2 x 1024MB
GPU (Video Card): ATI (VisionTek) Radeon X1900 XTX 512MB DDR3/Dual-DVI/PCI-Express
PPU (physics processing unit): Aegia PhysX physics accelerator
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS (with 64Mb of "X-RAM")
System Drive: Serial ATA - 160GB Seagate Barracuda 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache
Optical Drive One: NEC ND-3520 16x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Recorder
Floppy Drive: 3.5" 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive - Black
Network Connection: Integrated High Performance Gigabit Ethernet
Portable Storage : Alienware 10-in-1 Digital Media Reader / Writer
Power Protection: Opti-UPS ES1000C (700W Capacity)

Proposed New Components:
Processor: Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (2.66GHz 8MB Cache 1066MHz FSB)
Motherboard: ASUS P5W64 WS Professional
RAM: 2 GB Corsair Dominator 8500C5D (2 x 1024MB; 240-Pin DDR2 1066 SDRAM (PC2 8500); Max Speed: 1066MHz; Cas: 5-5-5-15; EPP)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250 GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

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July 4, 2007 11:02:54 PM

Just wait till after the Intel 22 July price cuts. Also the dominator ram is tall, make sure you have the clearance. That processor has a 10x multiplier so 800mhz would be enough for a 4000mhz cpu speed. Here is some of the best:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 5, 2007 12:03:39 AM

Yes, I will wait for July 22. Thanks for pointing that out. The price cut is actually what triggered this whole upgrade thing. :-)
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July 23, 2007 9:40:11 PM

Looks like a nice upgrade, but windows might want a re-activation after installing all the new hardware.
July 23, 2007 10:15:52 PM

whats the date?
July 23, 2007 10:25:34 PM

i wish i had as much money as you do
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