Alienware takes a 3.2GHz QX9770 processor and overclocks it to 4.0GHz.

When it comes to Alienware's desktop computers, more is always better. That philosophy holds true with the relaunch of the company's Area-51 ALX desktop system.

The Area-51 ALX is now offered with a quad-core, Intel Extreme Edition QX9770 processor overclocked to a whopping 4GHz. The Area-51 ALX uses an efficient water cooling system with a rear-mounted radiator to keep heat levels in check at 4GHz. Alienware also uses innovative cable management to keep the case interior free of obstructions and provide proper ventilation for the internal components.

"The performance packed into the Area-51 ALX desktop is flat-out unheard-of," says Marc Diana, Alienware's Product Marketing Manager. "Alienware has always been committed to building only the fastest, most powerful systems available, and that’s exactly what we’ve done with the new ALX."

"By enabling the Area-51 ALX to operate at blazing speed with a great mix of performance and energy efficiency, the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 is the heart of a system sure to excite any Alienware user," added said CJ Bruno, Intel VP and GM of Americas Sales and Marketing.

While the 4GHz quad-core processor is no doubt impressive, it comes at price -- an extremely hefty price. The Area-51 ALX starts at a "mere" $4,599 with an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor, but you'll have to fork over $5,509 to even get your foot in the door with the overclocked QX9770 processor. That price will get you a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics card, 2GB of Corsair Dominator DDR3 memory, 1TB of storage space (two 500GB HDDs in RAID-0), dual-layer DVD burner, 1200W power supply and Windows Vista Home Premium.

Alienware has been in the news recently when the Wall Street Journal announced that Dell was dropping its high-end XPS lineup to focus solely on the Alienware. Dell quickly denied the allegations and stated that the Wall Street Journal was clearly mistaken.

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