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SFF gaming rig for geeks with less space

The latest machine to surface wearing the Alienware name is the new X51. The X51 is a small from factor gaming rig that looks small enough to slip into an entertainment center and not take up too much space for some gaming on the big screen in the living room.
There are a number of options for the X51, including desktop graphics cards that provide serious gaming muscle. The machine can be fitted with an NVIDIA GTX 555 video card and up to an Intel Core i7-2600 processor. Dell designed the machine to be usable on its side or sitting on its bottom to fit better in the space available. 
Inside the small chassis, the hardware can be upgraded down the road, as more performance is needed. The X51 can be fitted with a Blu-ray drive for watching movies with 7.1 surround sound available. Connectivity includes HDMI 1.4a ports for 3D movies and TV content. The machine also has USB 3.0 ports. Dell also fits the computer with three customizable light zones for bling and the case is black with chrome trim for style.
The standard processor offerings include Intel Core i3 dual-core parts, and Intel Core i5 processors are available as well. The standard video card option is a GeForce GT 545 with 1GB of GDDR5. Buyers can opt for up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of RAM is standard. Storage is to a 1TB 7200 RPM HDD.
The power supply by default is a 250W unit and an optional 330W PSU is available. The X51 measures 13.5-inches H x 3.74-inches W x 12.52-inches D and the machine weighs 12.1-pounds in base configuration.
The X51 starts at $699 and goes up from there depending on options.

Source: Dell

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Alienware logo
By Freeseus on 1/19/2012 11:29:41 AM , Rating: 3
Did anyone notice that while the computer is positioned in both a vertical and horizontal manner, the Alienware logo stands straight up regardless?

Photoshop or can you really rotate the Alienware logo on the case?

RE: Alienware logo
By themaster08 on 1/19/2012 11:37:31 AM , Rating: 2
I would imagine that you could rotate the Alienware logo. Many of Dell's SFFs have a rotating logo.

RE: Alienware logo
By nafhan on 1/19/2012 11:39:50 AM , Rating: 2
My work desktop from about 5 years ago had a dell logo that could be snapped on and off and rotated. Probably the same deal here.

GTX 555 = too slow to matter
By Flunk on 1/20/2012 10:52:12 AM , Rating: 3
The Nvidia GTX 555 isn't really enough for current generation games at high settings and certainly not good enough for future games. I know heat is an issue at small form factors but this is meant to be a gaming system so a bit more size could have yielded a much better product.

RE: GTX 555 = too slow to matter
By bennyg on 1/20/2012 7:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
yeah but it's got "gaming" in the name - that'll do for 99% of the ppl who'll buy this. Theyre probably used to the 720p of their 360 or PS3 so wouldnt know 1080p anyway.

Of course there are BIY options that'll do the job just as well for half the price that's not the point. What I'd like to know is why something so unremarkable is worthy of a news post...

By TakinYourPoints on 1/22/2012 7:08:41 AM , Rating: 2
It is a scaled back GTX 560 so it should do surprisingly well in 1080p. The GPU in my notebook is slower and it does great outputting games to an external 1080p display. That card obviously isn't anything I would use on my desktop since I'm running 2560x1440, but for popular 23" displays it should actually be decent.

My bigger concern is future upgrade options. There aren't a ton of cards that would fit into that case, and cards like the GTX 555 are pretty niche.

Just tried to build one....
By Roffles on 1/19/2012 1:28:37 PM , Rating: 2
This has potential as a nice htpc with gaming/work capabilities. The only operating system available is Windows Home Premium. I guess it's not a deal breaker as I'm sure upgrading it to Win 8 professional wouldn't be a problem.

Also, no pictures in the gallery show the back of the computer. The rear ports list is potentially incomplete. For example, Nvidia's product page tells me the GTX 545/555 has 2x DVI + 1x mHDMI. 2x DVI is not listed on Alienware's rear panel list. Another potential deal breaker because I may want to hook it up to dual monitors. I also want to know how loud and hot it gets...will wait for reviews.

RE: Just tried to build one....
By DanNeely on 1/19/2012 6:40:37 PM , Rating: 2
$1100 in Europe
By Nyu on 1/19/2012 2:38:18 PM , Rating: 2
$700 tag is only true for the US; European price starts around $1100.

RE: $1100 in Europe
By Etern205 on 1/19/2012 2:41:52 PM , Rating: 2
There are 4 different configs to start from.
And that Alienware logo,it would be nice if it rotates itself so it's always right side up, like the "R" on some of the Rolls Royce.

By ZaethDekar on 1/20/2012 2:44:38 AM , Rating: 2
No options for data storage.

I am surprised they didn't offer a 64gig-512gig option for SSD + storage on a hard disk.

That would have worked perfect. :)

RE: Shame...
By TakinYourPoints on 1/22/2012 10:36:00 PM , Rating: 2
Just checked, I'm really surprised at the lack of options. I was expecting a lack of CPU/GPU options, but no storage options a little WTF. This isn't for me, like most people here I build my PCs, but it could be cool for people who want a pre-built machine. An SSD or larger mechanical HD option would be nice.

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