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I would pay 200 to 250 for the case and the 330w psu or if they ever make a beefier one.
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So what happens when said casual gamer buys metro 2033 or crysis at best buy and comes home? Tough luck?

Most of the casual gamers I have spoken with have never even heard of those titles. The casual gamer usually isn't aware of anything that's not on a console. And in any event I'm sure the pc could do them on lower settings just fine. Here's a quote taken from a review of oneconfigured up to $999:

"The X51's gaming performance isn’t exactly mind-blowing, but it is strong. On our Crysis 2 benchmark, it posted a frame rate of 46.2 frames per second at a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels and fairly high settings. You can certainly eke out more frames if you turn the visual details down a bit, but that’s excellent performance for a PC at this price. On Dirt 3 at the same resolution and settings, the X51 produced a rate of 84.3 fps."

For someone who wants to buy a pc and also play games from time to time, I don't think it's that awful of a deal.
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So what happens when said casual gamer buys metro 2033 or crysis at best buy and comes home? Tough luck?

So you're saying that the X51 won't run those games at all? That's not true.
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So what happens when said casual gamer buys metro 2033 or crysis at best buy and comes home? Tough luck?

it will easily handle these games @ 1080p

I have 2 alienware M11X, one with a dual core SU7300(ultra low voltage core2duo) at 1.3ghz with a nvidia GT335m and a dual core i7 2617m(another ULV) at 1.5ghz with GT540m and they both will run crysis @ medium/high with 1080p.

crysis on a amd fusion e350( nvidia ion class)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SoK1w5C6qw
battlefield 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFHafdLAF90&feature=related
metro 2033
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtmxPPSihsA
hawx
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txltu_UbrGo

crysis on p3 for lawls
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYALAL9toOw&feature=related

sure its lower detail and resolution but its a far less power cpu and gpu then the alienware but its totally playable. in short you are totally underestimating the alienware system and bashing for the sake of bashing by providing lame excuses like pricing and performance even after proven wrong. its amazing how much more playability you get just by dropping the settings a little


bottom line is: it is a capable system that does its job at a resonable price without over killing on performance parts giving out over 9000 fps that you cant use/appreciate and without an eyesore of a behemoth tower that is costing you a few hundred bucks more to run based on power consumptions.

so as long as you are looking for a small box(alot of people DO NOT like building small boxes because they just cant fit inside it) that can do 1080p @ medium then this is an excellent choice that you dont have to mess around with.
Edited by akromatic - 2/8/12 at 4:09pm
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For those who are potentially considering this little PC, I was able to fit an amd 7950 in my x51. It took a little doing, but I squeezed it in. the card runs great, but it is a little loud since the airflow isn't the best. I was able to overclock it, but you really don't need to since you are getting gtx 580 performance or better at stock levels. Needless to say, it blows the gtx 555 out of the water. Bf3, crysis 2, metro 2033, and Batman: AC with all the eye candy is wonderful. I am going to leave the 7950 in the x51 until Kepler comes out, and then possibly put something else in and put the 7950 in my main rig.
Edited by psi_guy - 2/8/12 at 3:46pm
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For those who are potentially considering this little PC, I was able to fit an amd 7950 in my x51. It took a little doing, but I squeezed it in. the card runs great, but it is a little loud since the airflow isn't the best. I was able to overclock it, but you really don't need to since you are getting gtx 580 performance or better at stock levels. Needless to say, it blows the gtx 555 out of the water. Bf3, crysis 2, metro 2033, and Batman: AC with all the eye candy is wonderful. I am going to leave the 7950 in the x51 until Kepler comes out, and then possibly put something else in and put the 7950 in my main rig.

maybe mod some intake fans? and gratz on getting a 7950 in there, it should be just within the power capabilities of the PSU. mod a z68 itx in next for some overclocking, should work due to the standard itx board. i'm personally waiting for kepler as well as im sick of ati drivers but hey you can run eyefinity with something the size of a xbox

im really tempted to get a base x51 with 330W psu and gut it for performance parts. i much prefer a slim tower over a shoebox
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For those who are potentially considering this little PC, I was able to fit an amd 7950 in my x51. It took a little doing, but I squeezed it in. the card runs great, but it is a little loud since the airflow isn't the best. I was able to overclock it, but you really don't need to since you are getting gtx 580 performance or better at stock levels. Needless to say, it blows the gtx 555 out of the water. Bf3, crysis 2, metro 2033, and Batman: AC with all the eye candy is wonderful. I am going to leave the 7950 in the x51 until Kepler comes out, and then possibly put something else in and put the 7950 in my main rig.
Any pictures!? I'm really thinking of doing this now, put my rigs stuff in it. How much as it from alienware for you?
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here are some quick pics i took with my cell phone. i really don't want to take the card tray back out because it took me a while to get it to slide into place. i made sure to take a pic of the power connectors and how snug they are, along with a shot of the card label, and a gpu and cpu id screen shot. i am fairly certain that this is the absolute biggest card you can fit into one of these without modifying the outside of the case. i had to remove a tiny front case fan (it wasn't moving much air anyways as it was about 2" and blows directly on the hard drive). for good measure, i used a dremel to cut some useless plastic off of the 7950 shroud itself for a little extra room. idle and load temps are a little higher than those of a full case, but they aren't bad. the gpu fan keeps the card cooled fine and the case is open enough for enough cooler outside air to help out as well.

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post #529 of 593
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For those who are potentially considering this little PC, I was able to fit an amd 7950 in my x51. It took a little doing, but I squeezed it in. the card runs great, but it is a little loud since the airflow isn't the best. I was able to overclock it, but you really don't need to since you are getting gtx 580 performance or better at stock levels. Needless to say, it blows the gtx 555 out of the water. Bf3, crysis 2, metro 2033, and Batman: AC with all the eye candy is wonderful. I am going to leave the 7950 in the x51 until Kepler comes out, and then possibly put something else in and put the 7950 in my main rig.

That would be with the 330w power brick?
    
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That would be with the 330w power brick?
correct. if you are working with the lesser 240w power brick, you will need to find some other gpu that consumes less power. my guess is that when the 7800 series release, those will be in the correct tdp range.
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