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Windows 7: Buying a Dell Alienware X51 is it worth it?

02 Jun 2013   #11
linnemeyerhere

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My logic before going to Dell site was save a hundred bucks and get a k series i5 then spend that saved money on a better GPU. Later you can pull the stock cooling and add sealed water and overclock the i5 a bit. All this was a waste of time as I'm not seeing that you can customize the PC spec's......hope I'm wrong.


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02 Jun 2013   #12
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Later you can pull the stock cooling and add sealed water and overclock the i5 a bit. All this was a waste of time as I'm not seeing that you can customize the PC spec's......hope I'm wrong.
The x51 is a small form factor computer, just a little bigger then an Xbox 360. A liquid cooling solution will not work. Everything in this case is already tightly packed together. The best GPU you can put into it is a GTX 670, aftermarket upgrade.
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02 Jun 2013   #13
linnemeyerhere

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Later you can pull the stock cooling and add sealed water and overclock the i5 a bit. All this was a waste of time as I'm not seeing that you can customize the PC spec's......hope I'm wrong.
The x51 is a small form factor computer, just a little bigger then an Xbox 360. A liquid cooling solution will not work. Everything in this case is already tightly packed together. The best GPU you can put into it is a GTX 670, aftermarket upgrade.
You don't think a 120mm sealed water could fit? It does say it has higher performance air solution installed, wish I knew what that meant? Please max the ram and PSU for your build. I'm I missing how to build a custom Dell rig?
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02 Jun 2013   #14
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

A pre-filled-pre-packaged water cooling solution will not fit in the x51. It uses an ITX board in a very small enclosure.
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02 Jun 2013   #15
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sealed systems are built to basically NOT be upgraded by the user. So you can't say buy it and replace this and that. It's a sealed system.

That said, I'm not sure if there are different packages, but if the OP is serious about gaming, go with an i7. I'm sure an i5 is nice, but it ain't no i7

My two cents.
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03 Jun 2013   #16
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Sealed systems are built to basically NOT be upgraded by the user. So you can't say buy it and replace this and that. It's a sealed system.

That said, I'm not sure if there are different packages, but if the OP is serious about gaming, go with an i7. I'm sure an i5 is nice, but it ain't no i7

My two cents.
I am buying it with only the basic Ram an hdd and am going to upgrade them later to save money on the initial cost. You are able to upgrade these Dells later on aren't you?
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03 Jun 2013   #17
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

You can upgrade the Alienware x51, lots of videos on youtube showing how.
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03 Jun 2013   #18
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

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You can upgrade the Alienware x51, lots of videos on youtube showing how.
Are they just like upgrading every other pc, or because they are sealed they are slightly different?
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03 Jun 2013   #19
linnemeyerhere

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You can upgrade the Alienware x51, lots of videos on youtube showing how.
Are they just like upgrading every other pc, or because they are sealed they are slightly different?
No it will open up just fine but it may be a little tight working inside so what would take 5 minutes could take 10, no biggie. I would suggest buying all matching sticks and just removing the Dell provided stick and you may want to look carefully for clearance issues. If it's tight above the ram then look to low-profile sticks like these:

Corsair Vengeance 8GB Desktop Memory Module Kit - Low Profile, DDR3, 2x4GB, DIMM, 1.5V, 240 Pin, 1866MHz, XMP Ready, Blue (CML8GX3M2A1866C9B) at TigerDirect.com
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03 Jun 2013   #20
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
You can upgrade the Alienware x51, lots of videos on youtube showing how.
Are they just like upgrading every other pc, or because they are sealed they are slightly different?
No it will open up just fine but it may be a little tight working inside so what would take 5 minutes could take 10, no biggie. I would suggest buying all matching sticks and just removing the Dell provided stick and you may want to look carefully for clearance issues. If it's tight above the ram then look to low-profile sticks like these:

Corsair Vengeance 8GB Desktop Memory Module Kit - Low Profile, DDR3, 2x4GB, DIMM, 1.5V, 240 Pin, 1866MHz, XMP Ready, Blue (CML8GX3M2A1866C9B) at TigerDirect.com
Was planning on doing that upping it to16GB RAM and an SSD from crucial will be cheaper than buying from Dell.

Can you tell me how many hdd's it will hold and what the dimensions of the case are. I was also told by someone that they are much better than both XBOX and play stations in their graphics and games, is this the case? I was planning on getting an Aura from Dell, but was told it would be a waste of money, but in the end I couldn't afford anyway.
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