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Alienware Alpha Compact Desktop: i3 4130T, GTX 860 EXPIRED

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Promoted 04-09-2015 by Discombobulated at 02:18 AM View Original Post
Update: Offer available again w/ new coupon code 1KHQR?2D3XRKWZ (apply at checkout)

Dell Home.com has Alienware Alpha Compact Desktop on sale for $499.99 - $100 w/ coupon code 1KHQR?2D3XRKWZ = $399.99. Shipping is free. Thanks yuugotserved

Specs
  • Intel Core i3-4130T Dual-Core CPU
  • 4GB DDR3L
  • 500GB HDD
  • Alpha Chassis with NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU 2GB GDDR5 (customized GTX 860)
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1x1
  • Windows 8.1

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Written by Discombobulated

This desktop is Steam OS ready. Checkout the reviews for it at TechSpot, PC Mag and TechRadar. This price is now $20 less than this very recent Popular deal. -Corwin

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Edited April 9, 2015 at 02:16 AM by Discombobulated
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price drop - was $450 here. Steam OS ready.


Alienware Alpha Compact Desktop [dell.com]

$399.99 with code 1KHQR?2D3XRKWZ

Specs
  • Intel Core i3-4130T Dual-Core CPU
  • 4GB DDR3L
  • 500GB HDD
  • Alpha chassis with NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU 2GB GDDR5 (customized GTX 860)
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1x1
  • Windows 8.1
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Last Edited by rlclemmons April 18, 2015 at 07:48 AM
Coupon code details: Take an extra $100 off Alienware Alpha Order Code DKCWA01

Coupon applies to the Alienware Alpha Order Code DKCWA01 when promotional price before coupon is $459 or above. One coupon code may be applied per cart at checkout. Coupon code expires 4/17/2015 7:00 AM CT or after 400 redemption or earlier if offer is terminated earlier. Available on For Home site and offers contained herein valid only for end users and not for resellers and/or online auctions. Offers subject to change. Taxes, shipping, handling and other fees apply. U.S. Dell For Home new purchases only. Purchase limit of 5 systems per order, but coupon discount applies to only 1 system per cart. Limit of 5 systems per customer please. Dell reserves the right to cancel orders arising from pricing or other errors.

Date Start: 4/8/2015 12:00:00 AM
Date End: 4/17/2015 6:59:59 AM

Order your USB recovery media here for free:

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/media

After hours of research this is the best post summarizing the upgrade options and benifits.

Source: http://www.overclock.net/t/152624...t_23727001

For those thinking of taking the alpha plunge and sick of wading through debate from multiple views...... ill sum it up. Bolding most common or useful upgrades.

Which one?
Buy the base mode when it is $450 rangel


How much ram?

16GB of ram $90-130
8GB (matching sticks) is good enough.


What speed

1600mhz is best price per performance.
Faster than 1600mhz is for people with to much money and no brains as the alpha does not care.

Is the hard drive fine?

YOU NEED AN SSD UPGRADE TARGET $80-$120 for 250GB size and $180-$220 for 500GB size
I got and ssd from X brand or z brand because 10k iops or 50-100mbs faster...you will not notice this.

How does it play on just about 99.9% of games - trolls picking out the most ridiculous games with no replay-ability that they don't even play on a regular basis?

1080p medium up to 60fps
720p ultra up to 60fps.

Does it overheat will it die?

NO, I have and many others ran it at 80-90c range for 4-8 hours a day gaming over several months with no issues.

CPU UPGRADE?

No or Maybe?

Other and myself have tried everything imaginable in these little beast and core count is not the issue gaming. Why others think the alpha uses extra cores in games differently then every other benchmark on the net ill never know.... but these are the facts jack.

i3 stock 2.9ghz good enough for most but the 650m does open up with higher clock speeds (not solely cores).

i3 non devils trail 3.4-3.6ghz $100-$120 (smooths AAA games releases in late 2014-2015 due to clock speed opening up gpu)

i5 if it's not faster than 3.2-3.4ghz and under 65 watt tdp there is no point, as it can and will down-clock making intermittent performance gains sometimes.

i7 ...your joking right? the extra cores/threads and heat(TDP) to clock speed ratio(on average) just screwed your wallet over for intermittent performance gains regularly.

Xeon e3 v3 versions - They will boot but not compatible as there is no built in gpu it fails the Nvidia pass though artifacts and runs flawed unable to play anything 3d related.

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#4
Nice price, but tax kills it. Great bang for the buck.
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#5
Not a bad deal for a compact gaming PC. In the review it stated the customized 860 is just slightly below a 750ti so it should run most games at 1080P. You could probably build a PC with slightly better specs but not in this size.
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Can you upgrade this alpha after buying this?
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Quote from kuyashane View Post :
Can you upgrade this alpha after buying this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGW1ggvCy50


Also, alienware alpha club on Overclock.net: http://www.overclock.net/t/152624...wners-club
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Quote from kuyashane View Post :
Can you upgrade this alpha after buying this?
You can upgrade ram, cpu, SSD, and wifi card.
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#9
The 699 i5 version has a $60 off that gets applied in cart or something goofy like that...
Seeing i5 8gb 1tb with 3yr warranty for $688 before tax. Suppose it would be $629 with 1 yr.

i3 4gb 500gb $429 before tax
i5 8gb 1tb $629 before tax

Still would need to upgrade SSD and my understanding is the CPU upgrade doesnt offer too much bang for that cost.
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#10
Good price for a system with better specs than current gen consoles, plus controller too. Probably see Steam controller bundles soon.
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#11
This is pretty much the HTPC/Gaming system I've been wishing companies would make for a decade: middle-range CPU, upgradeable RAM/HD, and solid dedicated graphics. The Dell Zino and Shuttle X100 come to mind as past attempts in the same direction (the x100 even had upgradeable MXM graphics). The only thing I wish this had was a slot load BD-ROM, but that can be added easily via USB for those that want it.

I wish this had been around a year ago. I ended up building almost exactly the same spec'd system: an ITX board with a haswell i3, 8gb RAM, a low profile 2GB GTX 750ti, and a wireless xbox 360 controller. And those specs have been just perfect with every game I've thrown at it. I can use this instead of my full SLI gaming rig and feel like I'm not giving up much. This little box would have been about the same price and performance, but 1/3 the size and ready to go out of the box.

If you need a TV system, this is just perfect. Heck, you'd be hard pressed to find a pre-built desktop system of any size as gaming-capable at this price. As a bonus, a little box like this is perfect for leaving on 24/7 as a host for streaming to an nvidia shield, etc, as I do with mine. Man, it's a good time to be a PC gamer...
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#12
Man this is pretty tempting w/ employee discount... $357 after discount. Too bad I just laid out $350 for an Xbox One.
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#13
Not bad at all unless you were planning on playing a processor intensive future game like Star Citizen or the MMORPG genre in general.
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Urgh, I guess https://dell.cashstar.com/ the $400 GC with $50 bonus expired? Frown Or is there another link? That will make this about under $400 shipped for me and I'd bite.
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Quote from Drunkueid View Post :
Man this is pretty tempting w/ employee discount... $357 after discount. Too bad I just laid out $350 for an Xbox One.
Can you PM an employee discount code?
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