Gaming desktops, especially for the hardcore PC gamer are normally powerhouses of computers. They have the most powerful graphics cards available and more cores on the processor than you’ll ever probably need. As desktops become more stylish though some people want a good looking machine that can offer just as much power as one of the monsters that can be built.
The Alienware X51 is a machine that can hold up to the powerhouse moniker yet still look good. With an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of ram and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 555 its definitely got the power to run anything and make it look good while looking stylish at the same time.
Design and Build
The first noticeable thing about the X51 is it’s small for a PC, the size of an Xbox in fact. This is quite novel when you would expect a powerful machine like this to be big, especially to hold the graphics card and to provide adequate ventilation for the heat that this monster is going to push out. The look obviously makes it a welcome addition to the living room, something normal desktop machines don’t often give.
Even with its smaller size the machine does not suffer in connect ability, unless you want to put in additional graphics cards of course or sound cards, one of the drawbacks out of having such a slim design is there is not much room for extending the internals here. This should also be noted for upgrading the video card as the bigger the cards get (which they often do) the more space they are going to require. With that noted though the normal USB connectors and connectors for sound are included. Legacy keyboard and mouse support does seem to be lacking though, this can be worked around with adapters if needed.
When buying Alienware desktops people obviously look to the performance as this is something they normally excel with. With the i7 quad-core processor which runs at 3.4Gghz and 8GB of RAM this should be quite a beast, and this proves to be true.
Alienware computers are mainly gaming machines and with the addition of the powerful graphics card this will run any game you want it to at high resolutions with a high FPS score. In fact one of the latest games Skyrim is said to run at around 45fps at maximum setting which is a very good result when you look at the visuals it pumps out.
For people who want PC performance while having a machine that looks as good as a console does in their living room this may be the option for you. It takes away the problem of having a big desktop around which can often be quite big and take up plenty of space.
The downside though, even with all the power it holds is that one of the main reasons people choose PC gaming is the ability to upgrade the machine they are using. Although it is possible to open up the computer and upgrade there is always going to be a lack of space in a computer that has been downsized to the side of a console, there is no way around that. If upgrading is not going to be an issue though and you have around £700 to spare this may be the computer for you. It’s fast, it’s powerful and it makes the latest games available look very good. What else does a gamer ask for?