Alienware Alpha Console Replacement Owner's Lounge

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  1. Mr. Fox

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    If you are a proud owner of one of these console-slaughtering micro powerhouses, this is the thread for random discussion, asking questions and showing off what that little beast is made of.
     
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    Which GPU do these actually use? I really feel like the price is not justified.

    So Alienware has just updated their website with this. It's some sort of FAQ about their upcoming Steam Machine. Seems like it's just going to be Alienware Alphas with SteamOS. I personally lost interest in Steam Machines some time ago; they just seemed like pre-built mini-ITX PCs.
    Thoughts?
     
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    GTX 860m. Alpha currently sells for $499 (base) or $599 with Tactx keyboard and mouse.
    And here's some news on the Alienware Steam Machine (an Alpha with SteamOS).
     
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    Thanks for the info.
    I just posted a thread about the AWSM before you replied to me. :p
     
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    This is actually a pretty decent product for the price. Way better than a console and much cheaper than any gaming notebook capable of delivering equal performance. As much as I do not care for the current Alienware notebook product line, this machine actually makes a lot of sense to me. I borrowed one from a friend for a couple of months and really liked it for what it was. Probably didn't expect to hear that from an overclocking nut like me, but I have to admit that it is definitely worth $499... just my opinion.
     
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    Uh... You could put together a build which would absolutely thrash any of its configs for $500. Even in micro-ATX form. I don't understand your enthusiasm. Just because it's better than a console, doesn't mean it's good.
     
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    Is that $500 including the OS and the controller (wouldn't be far if you can't include both) with the parts new?
    Here's the best I can come up with.
     
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    Yes it is. The controller has not been released yet.

    Your link is an empty build.
     
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    Yah, you won't be putting together any rig that will be "thrashing" the Alpha for $500 if you're including the OS and quality parts. Now matching the performance at $500 is something I could do, but it won't be as compact as the Alpha.
     
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    Sorry about that. Here you go.
    One problem with the Pentium G3258. Some games, like Far Cry 4, aren't playable at all because they require more than 2 cores (or threads). Then there's the fact that that build you linked has 180 GB less storage than the Alpha and no OS included (which adds about $88).
    Of course, one could choose an AMD processor and/or an AMD GPU (like this one).
    Controller adds $30, so there's that. The Alpha also comes with some bundled games included (let's value that from $30 to $50 even though Alienware says >$100).
    If we were talking about Linux gaming desktops, then yes, I would agree. But Windows gaming desktops? Not really.
     
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