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Don't apologize for getting an AlienWare, if you wanted it then that's all that matters. The reason AlienWare is so looked down upon is because you're paying for the name brand and not the actual hardware itself most of the time.

They still build awesome systems... But you could have done the same with a lot less cost.

Enjoy the new system though, man.

Sandy Bridge is Intel's new lineup of CPUs that just launched recently. There's tons of threads on here about it, just search up. Sandy Bridge requires a new motherboard, and I don't think yours supports it... I'm not an Intel guy so don't quote me on that.

And Overclocking is simple really when you get the basic idea. There's tons of tutorials on here based off of what chip you have (Intel/AMD).. So check the forum for whichever one you're going (assuming Intel).
Edited by pjBSOD - 1/11/11 at 1:53pm
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Sorry, but what about sandy bridge and stuff? and overclocking.
Getting a SandyBridge CPU would require a new motherboard.
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post #13 of 25
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I was looking for you to use Alt+Print Screen so that you didn't end up with a massive, automatically re-sized screenshot. I mean, that's why I asked for it.

Anyway, it looks like you can get almost any i7 processor.
Let's be clear here

You have an x58 motherboard, which means you can get any i7 900 series CPU (like the i7 920, i7 950, etc). You cannot get any other CPU, including the i3s, i5s, and other i7 series including the i7 800s (i7 860, i7 870) and the newer i7 2000 series (i7 2600k).

With your motherboard, it's 100% certain you already have an i7, so unless you want to drop $800 on a hexacore, I definitely think you can find performance elsewhere. Especially if all you do is game, a CPU upgrade won't help that much.
post #14 of 25
Like I said: socket 1366.
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post #15 of 25
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Any links on doing this upgrade on a motherboard? and this pc can get a new motherboard right? don't want to do it and it wont work..
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post #16 of 25
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Like I said: socket 1366.
I know, but I just assume that if he doesn't know what his motherboard means or what x58 means, it probably won't hurt being a bit clear is all

Besides, it only took about a minute to type up.


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Any links on doing this upgrade on a motherboard? and this pc can get a new motherboard right? don't want to do it and it wont work..
You can probably upgrade to the newer Sandy Bridge motherboards (H67), but like I said, if you're gaming you won't notice much of a performance increase. Contrary to what mainstream users think, CPU and RAM upgrades, especially at the caliber of your PC, have very little impact on gaming performance after a certain point (and you're certainly past that point). You'll probably be better off spending more money on a better graphics setup or more/bigger monitors.

EDIT: Fix'd. Didn't notice your PC only supports mATX. Odd, I thought Alienware desktops all support ATX.
Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 1/11/11 at 1:57pm
post #17 of 25
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Any links on doing this upgrade on a motherboard? and this pc can get a new motherboard right? don't want to do it and it wont work..
As long as you get a MicroATX motherboard, then you should be able to replace it yourself. But be aware of one thing: the cable for the front panel stuff as well as the power and reset buttons that connects to the motherboard might have a proprietary connector which means there's the potential that you may not be able to use an aftermarket motherboard. So do not forget this. Other than that, MicroATX is MicroATX.
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post #18 of 25
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Why would alienware make it so you can't use other motherboards? that would be stupid on their part.
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post #19 of 25
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Why would alienware make it so you can't use other motherboards? that would be stupid on their part.
So that if you want to replace the motherboard, then you would have to give THEM your money and not someone else like Newegg. That's the purpose for making anything proprietary. That's also why enthusiasts and overclockers prefer to build their systems from the ground up.
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post #20 of 25
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Well then in the future, when my parts actually go bad I guess i'll custom build it

edit: just found out it is proprietary and the lights and stuff won't work.
Edited by infamus - 1/11/11 at 2:04pm
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