Still itching for a gaming console for your home, but can’t bite the bullet on a 36o or PS3 since all of your buds have gone the way of PC gaming?  Good news.  Dell has the answer that takes on the form factor of an Xbox 360, yet boasts the guts of a well endowed computer rig.

It’s called the Alienware X51.  It starts at $699, and for that kind of cash you’ll score an Intel Core i3 processor clocked at 3.3Ghz, Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1TB hard drive spinning at 7200rpms, a Super Drive, built-in WiFi and a 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 video card.  For $200 more you can upgrade your processor to a 3Ghz Core i5 and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.  Throw down another $50 and you’ll negate 2GB of that added RAM, but boost your graphic performance thanks to a 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555 video card.  And if you’re feeling exceptionally rich, you can spend $1149, which scores you a Core i7 processor burning at 3.4Ghz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555…along with all the other aforementioned fixings.

All models include your usual array of USB 2.0 ports (2 on the front, 4 on the back), 2 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4 port and support for full surround sound.  Dell’s Alienware X51 is available now.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."