Alienware Alpha Console Replacement Owner's Lounge

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  1. Th4tRedhe4d

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    Here's the closest I got using parts I trust (except for the PSU, would wait for the CX430M to drop to the same price...):

    https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Th4tRedhe4d/saved/M2brxr

    And that doesn't include the controller so add ~$30 to that.

    Edit: Forgot to add a Wi-Fi card so add another ~$10.

    The i5 and i7 Alphas are a different story though, you could beat those.
     
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    i5 build + 30 (for controller).
    i7 build + 30 (for controller).
    Once you get to the i7 build, DIY with Windows will always be cheaper (even with the controller). It's somewhat debatable, I think, for the i5 build, but at that point, you could build better with the budget of the i5 build.
    Amazon is selling the base Alpha for $469. The new low to beat now (Dell does price match, but you avoid taxes through Amazon... maybe).
     
  3. Mr. Fox

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    Not really "enthusiasm" (note that I have not spent any money on one) but I can see the value of the Alpha. It's really tiny, cheap, better than a console, plays games fine and requires no effort. It's a dirt cheap addition to the home entertainment center that fits well, works out of the box, for next to nothing.

    I don't go for micro-ATX boxes. I'm a multi-GPU and unlocked CPU beast-loving overclocker first, gamer second. I love big and bulky laptops and desktops. If I had an extra $450-500 to blow on a no-fuss plug-and-play toy for my entertainment center that my grandkids can enjoy, I would buy one. Makes perfect sense to me for a purpose like that.
     
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    This baby will kill the Alpha's base config. IF you really want to stay below $469, substitute that 280 with a 270X (or even a cheaper 280...there's always deals floating around for those). For reference, here's the closest about as close as I could get to the Alpha with a GTX 750 Ti. Still beats the Alpha. And before you mention the controller again, remember that will not be available until November.
     
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    Xbox 360 controller, so a controller has to be included. I'm not talking about the Alpha Steam Machine. I'm talking about the Alpha currently being sold. If we were talking about the Steam controller, we would have to add $20 to our builds and compare to $479 as opposed to $469 ($10 difference, really).
    What R9 280 (link hadn't gone through at time of posting)? The build you originally linked (teksyndicates) had a GTX 750 ti.
    Most of our builds are slightly more expensive but with more CPU power and slightly more GPU power (if not factory OC), and that's it (I'm ignoring the blatant GPU upgrade-ability for now). The one you linked, while it has a lot more GPU power, I'm skeptical about that CPU. But that's about it.
     
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    The build I linked has a 280. It's in the post you just quoted ('This baby').
    Tek Syndicate used a more expensive case and dual channel 8 GB RAM.
     
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    Reread my updated post.
     
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    The FX-4200 should be enough for most games. While it might be slower per core, it has other advantages (more cache, higher frequency, quad core), and the system would perform better overall.
     
  9. Th4tRedhe4d

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    I highly doubt an FX-4300 performs better than the i3s we were using.
     
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    I said the system would perform better overall. The i3s would probably beat the FX-4200 in benchmarks, but for gaming, a 280 and FX-4200 would beat an i3 and a GTX 750 Ti. And again, the 4200 is a quad-core, and much better at overclocking.
     
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