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    I've wanted a stonkin' games machine for some years, and finally I've decided to treat myself to an Alienware Aurora, with a few upgrades from the standard model added.
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    Spec includes :-

    Operating System : Windows 7 SP1 Professional (64 BIT)
    Processor : Intel Core i7-3820 (Four Core, 10MB Cache) 3.60GHz
    Memory : 16384MB (4x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Quad Channel
    Hard Drive : 256GB SSD + 1TB SATA 6Gb/s (7200RPM) 32MB Cache
    Optical Drive : 8X Blu-Ray RW (Blu-Ray, DVD, CD read & write)
    Graphics : 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690
    Sound : Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital capability
    Wireless: 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR USB Combo Adapter (ROW)

    Having Win 7 Pro, will hopefully allow me to play those games that ran flawlessly on XP, but give freeze up problems on Win 7 Home, as Win 7 Pro has 'XP mode' built in, (so I've been told).

    The GeForce GTX 690 has had rave reviews, and will be the first time I've had such a high spec card.

    So what say the TRC computer geeks? A good gaming / video machine?


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    Default Re: Smokinnnnnnnnnnn...................

    Nice bit of kit there dude, skillz
    More than capable.
    I'd hate to think how much that little lot cost!
    Enjoy.
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    Default Re: Smokinnnnnnnnnnn...................

    Get the tank sorted out piss flap.

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    Default Re: Smokinnnnnnnnnnn...................

    Damn, that is a nice rig! Mine is getting on a bit. AMD 6 core 1090T Phenom, 16GB 1300 DDR3, 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 1GB Radeon 6670 and a decent Coolermaster 700W PSU. Just need the SSD HDD to get mine to a quicker speed for what I use it for. Graphics card prices have dropped a bit for the higher performance cards, so it is a case of waiting and saving. I'll use Acronis to shift the OS over to the SSD drive and use the 1TB drive for data etc....

    Enjoy gaming on that, it will fly!

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    Default Re: Smokinnnnnnnnnnn...................

    What XP games are you playing? A machine like that deserves some nice shiny new DX11 games!
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    Default Re: Smokinnnnnnnnnnn...................

    Makman - ebuyer were doin' a 240GB SSD for 89 delivered. More than enough for an OS & few programs/apps.
    I'm lookin' to build a cheeky HTPC (still! ) to accompany the TV; however, I won't be affordin' any Alienware.
    Will thread up a medioces machine if it'll interest anyone. (Rhetorical question, I know it won't )

    Jealous much? Nah.

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    Ebuyer Mobile

    93 now.
    Noticed it's only 255MB/s R/W, comparitive to the 550MB/s bigger brother.
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    Default Re: Smokinnnnnnnnnnn...................

    Quote Originally Posted by B.. View Post
    I'm lookin' to build a cheeky HTPC (still! ) to accompany the TV; however, I won't be affordin' any Alienware.
    Will thread up a medioces machine if it'll interest anyone. (Rhetorical question, I know it won't )

    Jealous much? Nah.

    I'm very interested!

    Yeah-bloomin' fabulous rig.

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    Get the tank sorted out piss flap. updates demanded
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    http://www.therevcounter.co.uk/general...k-build-28.htm

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    Default Re: Smokinnnnnnnnnnn...................

    I'm only going to be interested in a fast SSD as there is no point getting anything else for job. Started playing any nice games yet

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    Default Re: Smokinnnnnnnnnnn...................

    sounds like a lovely machine and i'm jelous

    everyone ive spoken to about gaming pc's say stay away from alienware because your paying much more for the name

    some good priced gaming machine on here
    Gaming Range - Aria PC

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    Default Re: Smokinnnnnnnnnnn...................

    Quote Originally Posted by Makman View Post
    I'm only going to be interested in a fast SSD as there is no point getting anything else for job. Started playing any nice games yet
    Haven't got it yet. It's due to arrive on Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Didge View Post
    Having Win 7 Pro, will hopefully allow me to play those games that ran flawlessly on XP, but give freeze up problems on Win 7 Home, as Win 7 Pro has 'XP mode' built in, (so I've been told).
    i didnt know that but your right Windows XP Mode - Microsoft Windows

    wish i had of known that before would have saved me a lot of problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse View Post
    i didnt know that but your right Windows XP Mode - Microsoft Windows

    wish i had of known that before would have saved me a lot of problems
    Yeah! I love Win 7, but one of my favourite games, 'Fallout 3', kept locking up. It worked perfectly on XP, and then a geek acquaintance of mine, mentioned that Win 7 Pro has the XP mode.

    That's the reason I went for Pro on the new rig.

    Most games I play, are ok on my old machine, but some newer titles stutter a little, and as this one is coming on for 4 years old, and had some heavy use, I thus decided to go for the Alienware.

    P.S. Thanks for the XP mode link, by the way Eclipse.

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    Default Re: Smokinnnnnnnnnnn...................

    I wouldn't bet a lot of money that XP mode will runs games flawlessly, but with the you're spending why not fit another HD as well and install XP properly there?

    Just unplug the Win 7 drive, plug the other one in (so nothing gets confused, you want this install to have it's own MBR) and install XP.

    Then reattach the Win7 drive as well. Set the BIOS to boot to the Win 7 drive by default, then if you want to XP install reboot, press F12 and choose the other drive.

    A little bit of hassle but it will work.
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    Default Re: Smokinnnnnnnnnnn...................

    Quote Originally Posted by Didge View Post
    Yeah! I love Win 7, but one of my favourite games, 'Fallout 3', kept locking up. It worked perfectly on XP, and then a geek acquaintance of mine, mentioned that Win 7 Pro has the XP mode.

    That's the reason I went for Pro on the new rig.

    Most games I play, are ok on my old machine, but some newer titles stutter a little, and as this one is coming on for 4 years old, and had some heavy use, I thus decided to go for the Alienware.

    P.S. Thanks for the XP mode link, by the way Eclipse.
    I've been playing Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas in Win 7 Home Premium no problem......
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