Damnlag
1 Copper

Alienware x51 Needs Upgraded, Suggestions?

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

Version: 1511

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.

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kadun
1 Copper

RE: Alienware x51 Needs Upgraded, Suggestions?

I would add an ssd hard drive and a better graphic card.  GTX 960 or a 970 reference card.

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Resurrectionist
3 Argentium

RE: Alienware x51 Needs Upgraded, Suggestions?

I have the same machine. Runs all games.

OS - Windows 10 Professional

Stock - i7 2600, 8 GB Samsung RAM, OEM GTX555

Upgrades include:

CORSAIR XMS 16GB

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...

960

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

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Resurrectionist
3 Argentium

RE: Alienware x51 Needs Upgraded, Suggestions?

SSD & Maxwell

Alienware X51 R1 i7 2600 ❖ 16GB ❖ 512GB SSD ❖ EVGA GTX 970 SC ❖ Win 10 Pro

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Damnlag
1 Copper

RE: Alienware x51 Needs Upgraded, Suggestions?

So what do you recommend for graphics card for someone who's not a professional at this? lol

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Resurrectionist
3 Argentium

RE: Alienware x51 Needs Upgraded, Suggestions?

960

I'll be upgrading to Pascal later this year.

"...expect in the region of twice the performance per watt in comparison to the current Maxwell graphics cards."

Alienware X51 R1 i7 2600 ❖ 16GB ❖ 512GB SSD ❖ EVGA GTX 970 SC ❖ Win 10 Pro

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