Alienware Announces New Entry Level X51

Think Alienware, and you likely think big—full-sized towers, liquid cooling solutions, and multi-GPU configurations. The company's latest X51 system, however, is aimed at gamers who want a system they can slip into a nook, while still allowing for some upgrades post-purchase.

"The Alienware X51 allows us to bring the exciting nature of high-definition, immersive gaming within reach of more gamers than ever before," said Arthur Lewis, vice-president, Alienware and Product Management for Consumer, Small and Medium Business. "With the X51, we've expanded our gaming desktop offering to cater to all gamers in addition to our core enthusiast and competitive gamers. Now everyone can enjoy the latest games on a sleek, powerful, compact and customizable system. The X51 desktop delivers an incredible feature set for its size and price."

The system starts at $699 and includes dual-core i3-2120 (3MB cache, 3.3GHz), 4GB of RAM, and a GeForce GT545.  Available upgrades include Intel's quad-core i7-2600 (3.4GHz, 8MB cache), a Blu-ray drive, and a GTX 555. 802.11n wireless is also integrated as standard.

Alienware claims that the basic configuration is capable of 34 fps in Battlefield 3 at 1920x1080 in high detail mode, and while that's not exactly record-setting, it's a respectable achievement for a machine in this price range and size. Anyone interested in the system should keep an eye on the PSU if they plan to upgrade. The base config ships with a 240W unit by default and the upgrade option only bumps total power to 330W.
Via:  Alienware
Tags:  Dell, Alienware
LBowen 2 years ago

I got an email about this earlier this morning. It really reminds me of the XBOX just because of the size and green coloring.

Dave_HH 2 years ago

This machine would make for a great HTPC with the ability to game on the big screen too. Drop in Boxee etc and you're good to go.

omegadraco 2 years ago

As long as it's fairly quite :P. Hey maybe you guys will be able to get one for review.

cowboyspace 2 years ago

If there is something I love about AlienWare is its design and logo :). those toys are for people from another planet :) sad AlienWare is expensive :-p

CDeeter 2 years ago

Nice design and the price isn't that bad either.

omegadoom13 2 years ago

I really like the cute design and the price is hard to beat. Upgradability will be an issue. I like Dave's suggesting about using it as a HTPC. There must be a DIY way of attaching a spare PSU externally... might not look pretty though :P

OSunday 2 years ago

That is one sexy little machine, competitively priced and discretely sized.

This is something that would definitely appeal to people trying to test the waters with PC gaming or just looking to upgrade

OSunday 2 years ago

I also secretly want to buy one of these and gut it and mod it to try and fit an Xbox 360 inside it....


cowboyspace 2 years ago

sounds good :) I will like to see an xbox inside that case

Der Meister 2 years ago

Not a bad little rig


AKwyn 2 years ago

Well... I don't know if the system will succeed, the system seems more suited to Dell then Alienware and I don't know if any gamers would want one; it does look nice though but when laptops offer suitable power (even more) for a reasonable price then what's the purpose of this machine?

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