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Mirko Pacciani
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Area-51 R2, upgrade to new generation

Hi everyone.

i'm new in this forum, but i've my Alienware since 1,5 years and i would like to upgrade my PC to play in 4k on games like Star Citizen for example.

My actual configuration is:
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6850k CPU @ 3.60Ghz
Installed memory (RAM)_ 16.00 Gb (15.9 usable)
System type: 64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

Is it possible to switch to a RTX 2080 and to a Intel i9 k series without change motherboard or other stuff?

if possible, can please share me the correct link and where to buy this?

 

thanks for you time.

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Tesla1856
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Re: Alienware Base R2 upgrade to new generation

Are you saying you have an Alienware Area-51 R2 (the first triad-case looking model)?

And what 4K display do you have?

Actually, with that nice GTX-1070 ... my guess is that it will game at 4K-resolutions acceptably. 


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Mirko Pacciani
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Re: Alienware Base R2 upgrade to new generation

Thanks for your reply, I need just that upgrade, is it possibile to upgrade without change motherboard? Can I upgrade to an i9 and to a RTX 2080, I just want to know this. Thanks for you time!

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Tesla1856
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Re: Alienware Base R2 upgrade to new generation


@Mirko Pacciani wrote:

Thanks for your reply, I need just that upgrade, is it possibile to upgrade without change motherboard? Can I upgrade to an i9 and to a RTX 2080, I just want to know this. Thanks for you time!


I don't know about CPU (nor do you need it).

The RTX-2080 should work (because):
- Area51-R2 is UEFI-based
- Area51-R2 has 850w PS
- Area51-R2 normally has room for larger cards.

 


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Cass-Ole
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Re: Alienware Base R2 upgrade to new generation

Your R2 is X99 chipset socket 2011-v3 Haswell-E | Broadwell-E, top chips:

  •  5930k 5960x 6850k 6900k 6950x

U can't run newer Skylake-X X299 skt 2066 7thGen (7800x - 7980xe etc) chips unless u do R4 / R5 mthrbrd swap, see AndrewSi Upgrade Motherboard 51 R2 

No one here has done this swap that I'm aware of, it appears you may need the parts below, here's a step in right direction, call / chat Dell Sales for some parts:

  • Typical Mthrbrd Part #'s R4 HJ5Y7 | R5 N4R4N
  • New mandatory USB cables 27J7M 0NX92
  • potential eBay parts Area 51 R5 | search vendor
  • R5 'Newer' 80Plus Gold 850w PSU NJVDN

When X299 Basin Falls Refresh socket 2066 9th Gen (example: 9800x - 9980xe) is offered on the sales page - which should be soon - it will be the R8, probably w/ a new (perhaps 'revised') R8 mthbrd (+ new part#), & R4 R5 owners may get a Bios update to run those newest Gen9 Intel chips. For now, the R4 R5 mthrbrds can only run Gen7, those owners await a Bios update for Gen9 & then only if the Aliens publish one for them as a courtesy

Tip: an R8 Gen9 mthrbrd (which is not a reality yet) typically will not be available for sale until about 4-6 months after 'launch' (***launch has not happened yet)

Note: All Gen9 prices increase > ex. 9800x ~$600, old 7800x ~$380

AMD swap

R3 board (1st Threadripper) = 8FN1W

R6 Case Revision board may be part# XF4NJ

R7 newer 2nd TRip part# unknown by me (may be currently unavailable?)

*requires x1 USB cable (27J7M or 0NX92)(or similar / consult Dell)

***New R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Rx mthrbrds direct from Dell can be ultra-pricey 

I have no more information & do not own your desktop anymore; members here or on Arena will have to help u out

6900k or 6950x CPU is also an option ... ... ...

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