Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Jun 2013 20:46 UTC
Games "And so it is with Dell's Alienware X51 R2, a small form factor gaming PC in console digs. It's shaped similar to Microsoft's Xbox 360 Slim, and though it's slightly larger than either a 360 or PlayStation 3, the X51 R2 would be right at home in a living room setting nestled next to a large screen TV. Indeed, it's adept at running Steam's Big Picture mode, and if your primary objective is to play games in the living room, go ahead and consider the X51 R2 a hybrid game console." This is obviously not the only machine like this - still, these are very valid console alternatives even for those that don't like being hunched over with a cramped WASD-claw. Also, PC gamers among us: could you get away with the $699 model for gaming?
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WASD
by fran on Sat 15th Jun 2013 01:11 UTC
fran
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2010-08-06

" even for those that don't like being hunched over with a cramped WASD-claw. Also, PC gamers among us: could you get away with the $699 model for gaming?"

Almost all the console titles on the Steam support the Xbox controller.
Personally i think it is great. A console that can do more than games and media.

Edited 2013-06-15 01:14 UTC

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Alienware
by Soulbender on Sat 15th Jun 2013 01:30 UTC
Soulbender
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2005-08-18

when you want to pay Apple-style prices for standard PC hardware.

I've also always found their "futuristic" design rather unattractive.

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M.Onty
Member since:
2009-10-23

From RPS, Build A Better-Than-Xbox-One/PS4 PC For £500:

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/06/14/build-a-next-gen-pc/

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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

Eh, that probably seemed off-topic somewhat. The article talks about the viability of a gaming PC that costs the same as an XBox One. Conclusion: you'd be best off spending £600/$900 or more if you're buying premade, as this Alienware is.

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699
by Ultimatebadass on Mon 17th Jun 2013 12:42 UTC
Ultimatebadass
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2006-01-08

"Also, PC gamers among us: could you get away with the $699 model for gaming?"

Depends on what games you intend to play, but that GF645 will not be enough to enjoy modern graphic intensive releases. Really, anything below GTX660 is not worth considering for any serious gaming.

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