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Alienware Sells Mainstream Area-51

By - Source: Tom's Hardware | B 8 comments

Alienware has announced a new performance gaming desktop designed for the mainstream market.

The Area-51 750i is Alienware’s newest performance desktop built for PC gamers demanding not only performance, but style and value as well. With a starting price of $1,049, the Area-51 750i may not exactly be considered cheap, but it is currently the most affordable Intel-based desktop that Alienware offers. The AMD-based Aurora is still the least expensive Alienware desktop, priced at $999, but other Alienware PCs, such as the Area-51 ALX, can easily reach upwards of several thousand dollars.

The base configuration of the Area-51 750i features an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor (3.0 GHz | 6 MB Cache | 1333 MHz FSB), although an Intel Core 2 Quad or Extreme processor can be equipped instead. The base configuration also comes with 2 GB of DDR2 800 MHz memory, a single 512 MB Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT video card, a 250 GB 7200 RPM HDD and a DVD burner. Some optional upgrades include powerful ATI and Nvidia graphics cards in both single and dual configurations, up to 8 GB of memory and numerous RAID 0 storage options. The system uses the nForce 750i SLI chipset, which works well in a budget gaming system, but it is limited with having only 26 PCIe lanes.

The Area-51 750i comes in a choice of four colors and several system lighting colors; the fancy AlienFX system lighting is extra however. The 750-watt power supply can be upgraded to 1200-watts and the standard cooling system can be upgraded to liquid cooling. The base system also includes Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit, a tool-free design, 7.1 HD audio, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, a keyboard and a mouse.

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    afrobacon , November 17, 2008 5:50 AM
    nice advertisement; still amazes me that so many people will pay $1000+ for a $700/$800 system
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2008 6:20 AM
    try 600$ maybe
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    neiroatopelcc , November 17, 2008 7:00 AM
    Unless it's factory overclocked to 3,8ghz or something, there's little to no reason at all to pick such a system over a normal dell or hp system with similar specs and cheaper price. (or build your own for cheap)
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    SecurityExpert3000 , November 17, 2008 7:08 AM
    Reminds me China's own Area 51 (caught by Google Earth) http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthreaded.php/Cat/0/Number/484568/
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    Pei-chen , November 17, 2008 10:02 AM
    Buttugly
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    neiroatopelcc , November 17, 2008 10:12 AM
    Pei-chenButtugly

    I like the design! It would fit right into a rich kid's dorm room I think - and let's face it - that's the target marked.
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    Avenger_K , November 17, 2008 1:17 PM
    The system uses the nForce 750i SLI chipset, which works well in a budget gaming system, but it is limited with having only 26 PCIe lanes.

    Only 26 PCI-E lanes? ;-)
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    neiroatopelcc , November 17, 2008 1:23 PM
    26 ain't a lot u know. if you're running 2 or 3 280s you may desire more than 8x per card