Saturday, August 2, 2008

Alienware Area 51 5500 series gaming PC

The new Alienware Area 51 5500 in word would be "breathtaking". Both in terms of its stunning looks and amazing performance.

Alienware have extended its new P2 case of its Area 51 7500, to this new beauty too. It has also has plans to roll out the new P2 case to its Aurora. What’s more? The chassis come in stunning colors pace Black to Cyborg Green to Saucer Silver. Get ready for some jealousy from family and friends.

The Alienware Area 51 5500 is every worth every penny. This system delivers more than you can ask for. With a few more features in the near future, it definitely has room to grow. Gamers would love the gaming-oriented case; other might want to stay away. Area 51 5500 delivers smooth frames rates, again it could better with time.

It offers some options on the Intel Core 2 chips. The mid-range Area 51 500 comes with Core 2 Extreme X6800 chip. As the prices go up, a higher end Area 51 500 comes with Core 2 Duo E6700 chip, which is the fastest available. Alienware has taken care of the price throughout. It offers 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, a single 250GB 7,200rpm hard drive, and a single DVD burner. With the new graphics card, the 512MB Radeon X1950 XTX from ATI to its configuration, your left to imagine the power and performance Area 51 5500 would give you. Of course, with Alienware you have that option of upgrading all the above-mentioned features for added cost. That includes a new graphics card to go along the ATI 512MB Radeon X1950 XTX. You can pretty much everything on this monster, right from gaming, watching and burning DVDs.

The Area 51 5500's sleek tower comes with four USB 2.0 ports at the bottom and the side vents. Gamers can have them lit up in Astral Blue with the AlienIce Video Cooling System at an upgrade price of $46. They also have an option of cutting out that noise that escapes the system, by adding acoustic dampening. Again, for an upgrade price of $137.

The Area 51 5500 comes with Intel high-definition audio, which is integrated. Its provides high-end sound output with support for 7.1 channels. Gamers, who need a dedicated sound card, can get the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS for an upgrade price. Unfortunately, Alienware do not provide speakers. But they do provide a variety of sets from Klipsch for gamers to choose from.

What more can you do with the Area 51 5500? Well, for starters, how about adding three more hard drives, another optical drive, and two more memory sticks go with the above configuration. Sounds good?? The Area 51 5500 is future ready. The system's 700-watt power supply gives you the muscle needed for future upgrades and hardware additions. In addition, the users are provided with two spare PCI slots and two more slots for PCI Express.

But reports suggest that the Area 51 5500 does not go well with Microsoft Office apps. Its a gamers dream and made for them. Its lets you play high-end graphics demanding games like F.E.A.R and DOOM 3 with ease and its frame rates are mostly playable.

The Area 51 5500 closest rival is the Polywell Poly i570SLI, which comes with a 20-inch LCD screen and costs a bit more. Alienware is directly stealing some gamers from the Polywell Poly stable, by playing on costs. This is nothing but a boon for all the gamers out there. As you move up the price ladder, Gateway's beat offering the FX510XT costs nearly $2,000 more than the Area-51 5500. But unless you are not hell bent on playing games at very resolution, you'll not notice any differance in performance. The Area 51 5500 is an absolute steal, taking into consideration its price and the performance it gives.

Both, the hard-core gamers and budget conscious gamers can look forward to Area 51 5500. The hard-core gamers, for they can always upgrade it and the budget conscious because Area 51 5500 is easy on the pockets!

An Alienware baseline model would cost you not more than $1,599.

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