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Dell's Alienware division has launched a new gaming desktop PC, the X51, that looks like a gaming console and has a price starting at just $699, along with a new Alienware Gaming Service.


The Alienware gaming PC division of Dell has been known for their high end (and highly expensive) desktop and notebook PCs. Today Alienware revealed its latest desktop PC and it's a huge departure for the company in many ways. The X51 PC has a small form factor that, as you can see in the photo above, makes it look more like a next generation game console than a desktop PC.

The case itself is 13.5 inches in height, 3.7 inches wide and 12.5 inches deep which makes it not much bigger than Microsoft's Xbox 360 Slim model. Alienware, as usual, will allow the customer to have a number of options in terms of what kinds of hardware will be in the X51. The hardware specs for the PC are:

  • Intel Core i3 Dual Core (standard) and Intel Core i5 and i7 Quad Core Processor Options
  • Intel H61 Express Chipset Architecture
  • Mini-ITX Motherboard
  • Powerful NVIDIA Graphics Card Options
    • 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 (Standard)
    • 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555

    [*]Configure with up to 8GB of DDR3 Memory (4GB Standard); 2x 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM Slots

    [*]Fast 7,200RPM 1TB Hard Drive

    [*]Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

    [*]Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (Standard) or optional Blu-ray Disc Reader

    [*]Internal High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio with Waves MAXX Audio Software

    [*]Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet NIC and Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wireless LAN (standard)

    [*]USB 2.0 (6x); USB 3.0 (2x); Microphone In; Headphone/Speaker Out; HDMI 1.4 Output; RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet; Front, Rear and Center Speaker Ports; SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK); SPDIF Digital Output (Coax)

    [*]Alienware 240 Watt Power Supply (Standard) or optional 330 Watt Power Supply

    [*]Dual-orientation tower system dimensions: h: 13.5” (343mm) x w: 3.74” (95mm) x d: 12.52” (318mm)

    [*]Starting Weight: 12.1 lbs. (5.49 Kg.)

The starting price for the Alienware X51 is just $699, although obviously the price will go up depending on what kind of optional hardware is put inside. While the X51 is not yet available for sale at the Alienware.com web site as of this writing, it should go live later today.

Dell and Alienware have also launched a new customer service feature called Alienware Gaming Services. It allows customers to get some added support for things like game installation and setup, game troubleshooting, increasing your game performance and installing third party mods for an additional fee.

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