The Good Cost-effective for a $6,500 PC; more storage than we've ever seen.
The Bad Clunky Alienware case; overclocking and other features reserved for a still higher-end Alienware system; no HDMI output.
The Bottom Line Even if we have a few reservations about this system, we can't deny that Alienware has an outstanding deal on its hands, with the Area 51 X58. It offers the same core hardware and twice the storage capacity as PCs that cost $1,500 more. High-end bargain hunters, assuming they exist, will find an amazing deal in this PC.
Alienware Area-51 X58
Alienware pitched us this $6,473 Area-51 X58 desktop as one of the first PCs it has shipped that truly takes advantage of the buying muscle afforded by its parent company, Dell. Given that the features you get for the dollar noticeably surpass the $8,000 Falcon Northwest Mach V we tested last week, we have a hard time arguing. We still find the classic Alienware case clunky. We also wish Alienware offered overclocking in this model. Still, for the sheer density of features, Alienware offers an amazing value here. If you're a gamer whose wallet can take such a large hit, you'll find everything you need in this PC.
We won't spend too much time on Alienware's classic case design. It's one of the best known gaming chassis, and as such it's something of an icon. The stylized outer shell also lends more weight to the system and complicates removing and replacing the side panel. We don't love it, but perhaps you do.
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