2011 Alienware Aurora ALX 2011 Alienware Aurora ALX:Target Niche

2011 Alienware Aurora ALX

2011 Alienware Aurora ALX

Alienware has been known for making some of the best gaming computers for years. What stands out when you first see the Alienware Aurora ALX is the almost alien look and feel to their tower. Now don’t let this persuade you that it’s all look and no power; Alienware delivers quite a bit of power into this gaming PC. The Aurora ALX is not the top-of-the-line gaming PC, but it proves that this company knows how to make a gaming system for those who don’t need the most powerful product on the market. The mid-range hardware found in this system will be more than enough for all but the most hardcore gamers.

Video/Audio:
While the Alienware Aurora ALX gaming PC may not have the most robust video card, it is still on the high end of things and will have no problem getting the job done for another year or two. If you are the kind of person who wants a system that will handle new games for years we would suggest going with dual cards or at least a more high-end card. The ATI Radeon HD 6870 has a core clock speed of 850MHz, which is quite fast and has 1GB of video memory. The audio in this system is a 7.1 surround sound system integrated on the motherboard.

Processor:
The processor in a computer is like the heart in a human body; when it's working well so is your computer. The Aurora ALX gaming PC is sporting the Intel Core i7-930 processor that runs at 2.8GHz. This is actually towards the bottom end of the i7 series. We would suggest upgrading to go with at least the i7-960 model for that extra power so you don’t have to upgrade your CPU a year from now.

Memory/Storage:
Another one of the main things you will be looking for in a high-end gaming PC is the RAM (random access memory). Without enough RAM your computer simply won’t be able to handle what it is meant to do. The Alienware Aurora ALX has 6GB of DDR3 RAM, which is plenty for any game or program you desire to throw at this gaming PC. The one downside we found with all of the Alienware systems is the lack of SSD (solid state drive) storage upgrades. The base model comes with a 1TB hard drive which is a lot of storage space but does not hold a candle to the speed of an SSD.

Additional Features:
The final thing you will need to focus on when you go looking for a gaming PC is the type of OS (operating system) it is running. Like the majority of companies out there Alienware has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed on every system for stability and ease of use. You will also find a blazing-fast 24x DVD+/-RW optical drive, eight USB ports for additional expansion and gaming extras (joystick, gaming controller, etc.). The mATX LGA 1366 Intel X58 motherboard is powered by an 850-watt power supply which is perfect for making future upgrades. Now if you want to not only have an amazingly powerful system but also one that looks otherworldly you can add additional lighting to give it an extra-terrestrial look.

Support/Warranty:
Computers, however convenient and useful, can cause a lot of headache if something isn't working correctly. Dell’s site offers just about every type of help for troubleshooting problems with your gaming PC. You can also download drivers for your video card and order other hardware directly from their site. If you run into any problems within the first year of having the computer, simply send in your computer and they will get things working again. A three-year warranty is an option and might be a good choice since computers are not always predictable.

Summary:
Alienware has been a major name in gaming PCs for a long time, and it doesn’t look like that’s about to change. The Alienware Aurora ALX proves that they know how to create a mid-range system for those who simply want a computer that will get the job done. The price is much more reasonable than we have seen in the past from this high-end brand gaming PC.

Source: http://computers.toptenreviews.com
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