I have the Alienware x51 and it definitely needs upgraded to be able to handle newer games. What can I do with it to maximize the performance of it? It was the best package available when the Alienware x51 was first announced. It had a problem with the Processor, if I remember correctly, and Dell had to come and replace it. Since then the lighting quit working and its been pretty much a computer for accessing the internet. Doesn't handle games well at all.
Edition: Windows 10 Home
OS Build: 10586.122
Product ID: 00326-10000-00000-AA784
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz 3.40 GHz
Installed RAM: 8.00 (7.90 GB usable)
System type: 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 55
I'm also using a 4TB My Book storage.
I have the same machine. Runs all games.
OS - Windows 10 Professional
Stock - i7 2600, 8 GB Samsung RAM, OEM GTX555
Stock 1TB HDD replaced with SSD Adapter Tray and 512 GB SSD
970 Not recommended for the R1. Even though I've been running the 970 successfully since 2014, it requires careful tweaking and custom settings. I am a professional, don't try this at home...
Have 400+ Steam games that run off one of my USB drives.
VANTEC NexStar HX4 USB 3.0 External Quad Enclosure with 2 3TB & 2 2TB Drives
Alienware X51 R1 i7 2600 ❖ 16GB ❖ 512GB SSD ❖ EVGA GTX 970 SC ❖ Win 10 Pro