21 Sep

Geek deals Alienware X51 gaming PC 115 IPS monitor more

first_img2013 is going to be an interesting year for the gaming industry. The current Xbox and Playstation consoles are quite long in the tooth, with replacements due later this year. Meanwhile, PC gaming seems to be facing both ups and downs; PC gaming technology and the overall experience as better than ever, but development of the AAA gaming titles seems to be focused on the consoles.While we wait with baited breath to see how the gaming industry plays out over the next couple years, home entertainment has decidedly swung over to the land of the PC. Many people are eschewing traditional cable or satellite services for a PC-powered entertainment system that provides content exclusively via web streaming. Alienware’s X51 is one of the more impressive designs that offers a compact, living-friendly design combined with respectable gaming performance.The chassis is sized similar to the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, with a sleek black paint job and more subtle design cues than some of the other Alienware products. The only thing that clues you in to the fact that this isn’t a boring old cable box or Playstation is the extraterrestrial Alienware logo on the face of the machine.Packed inside the roughly 1 foot square chassis is a 3rd gen (Ivy Bridge) Core i7 quad-core processor, offering more than enough performance for your web and video needs. Ensuring everything from HD video to your latest frag session are rendered with crisp, beautiful pixels is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 1.5GB graphics card.The GTX 660 isn’t your average desktop PC graphics card. This is a high performance piece of kit that will throw Battlefield 3 up on your HDTV in Full HD 1080p glory without a hiccup. The optical drive is a slot-loading Blu-ray model, making this deal the perfect opportunity to replace nearly every piece of equipment in your home theater setup with a single X51 — it’s gaming, video, and PC all in one.Rounding out this well-loaded machine is 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 2 Terabyte hard drive, and all the usual standard features we’ve come to expect (USB 3.0, HDMI, Wireless-N, etc). You even get 1 year of in-home warranty service included at no extra cost. This beastly little machine normally runs $1,349 and we have only seen a couple discounts on loaded, high-end models like this, so be sure to snatch this up before it disappears. You even get 10% off any upgrades you make during customization of this machine when placing your order.Alienware X51 Core i7 mini Gaming PC w/ GeForce GTX 660, Blu-ray for $1099 + free shipping (reg. $1,349 | ends Feb. 14 or sooner) Our other top deals:HP Pavilion 20xi 20-inch 1600×900 IPS LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $114.99 + free shipping (reg. $129.99 | use coupon 15LOGICBUY)Asus 32GB Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T 10.1-inch Tablet for $438 + free shipping (reg. $478)HTC One VX 4.5-inch 4G LTE Smartphone (Red) [AT&T] for $0.99 + free overnight shipping w/ 2 year contract (reg. $49.99)last_img read more

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