A Machine Designed to Scream

I will be ordering my next Computing Machine in a day or so, as soon as I can get myself financed. That’s not always easy to do when you have no income. Either way, I’ll get it figured out, or I’ll just toss it on the credit card. Anyways, here are my specs, in case you want to get off to them, which, frankly, you will. As you know, I usually build my system(s). The one I have been using for the past four and a half years has been reformed and upgraded so many times, I think you can consider it being several different systems. I haven’t had a prefabricated machine delievered to my door in about seven years. Nervous? Totally.

The lucky company that gets to build my colossus monolith of processing power is of course Alienware. I know there are many reviewers out there who shun this company, but there are others who look at Alienware as a God who creates the perfect gaming PC. With that said, I remind that this machine is not going to be a mere gaming machine, but a workstation, a multimedia kiosk with high fidelity and high definition output, and an art studio. When the actual machine comes in, I will be discussing and thoroughly reviewing it and its benchmarks. So, without further adieu, let’s look at what is in store.

The System itself is called the Alienware Area 51 7500, their highest make of Intel desktop’s without going into Alienware’s ALX line, which I would love to if I had a gold mine to dip my fingers into.

The actual tower itself will be the standard Alienware Chassis, which is a symbol of absolute power on its own. Complete with an acoustic dampening system and their AlienIce cooling technology. I am not going for liquid cooling at this point, as water and electronics simply don’t mix for me, though the company promises there is nothing to worry about. I will probably buy a small air conditioning unit for the machine.

Inside the beautiful blue chassis:

Intel Pentium 4 Processor 650 w/ HT Technology, 3.4GHz, 800MHz FSB 2MB. Ask me six months ago what kind of CPU man I am, I would have told you AMD, but lately, certain things have changed my mind about that. The system will easily accept a second 650 processor, letting me have a dual processor system, when the time comes for an upgrade.

512MB PCI-Express x16 NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX. I didn’t say I wasn’t going to game on this beast now, did I? This is the best of the best right now, and I am going to love it long time. Plus, when it starts to get a little outdated in six months, I will be able to buy another just like it, and throw it in, because my system is prepped and ready for SLI! Dual Graphics Cards baby!

2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz. That’s two sticks of RAM, so that when the time comes for a quick upgrade, I can throw in another two sticks. Am I prepared or what?

All of those parts will be locked into an Alienware nForce 4 SLI Motherboard and powered by a 650 Watt ATX 2.0 Power Supply with Active PFC.

The System drive will only be a high performance 160GB Serial ATA 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache, but the storage drive will make up for that with 250GB’s. Not to mention, I still have the 360 Gigs of space on my old machine for backup.

If that’s not enough, I have a 16x Dual Layer DVD+-R/W Drive for making backups, and a combo drive with DVD and CD-RW.

The sound processing will be taken care of by the new Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic High Definition 7.1 Surround Sound card. Hooked up to that baby will be Logitech’s finest Z-5500 5.1 505-Watt Speakers, which I’m pretty sure is more than most movie theaters around here have.

There will be a standard floppy disk drive, and the Alienware 10-in-1 Digital Media Reader/Writer for compact flash cards, SD, and tons of others.

Beyond the actual tower, there will be some sexy hardware. I already told you about the speakers, which I have been drooling over for some time. I of course need something to sit between the six speakers, so there will be a Samsung SyncMaster 214T 21″ 8ms LCD Display. I usually dislike LCD monitors, as they are slow to refresh (usually 16-25 milliseconds) and the picture quality has yet to be that of a CRT, and the resolution usually never reaches to 1600×1200. This baby does everything I want it to, so let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint. I will have a dual monitor system. For my secondary, I will be using my old ViewSonic 19 inch G90f CRT. Beautiful she is.

Of course I can’t simply get by with a regular Microsoft keyboard. Instead, I’m using the award winning Ideazon Zboard Starter System, and for the mouse, the high quality Razer Diamondback, which runs circles around the other mice as far as sensitivity and detail go.

To make my work more efficient, I’ll be using a Belkin Nostromo Speedpad n52 USB, and for those long lonely nights, a Saitek P3000 Wireless Gamepad and Charger.

Speaking of lonely nights, I won’t be able to blast those 505 Watt speakers all the time, so the system comes with the Alienware Ozma 7 Headphones with S-Logic Technology. That’s right. Surround sound headphones with big alien heads on them.

With Windows XP Pro, and 3DMark Pro Benchmarking software, and four years of warrenty and customer support and onsite service, I should be set.

Tell me what you think, and I will tell you what I think of the machine when I get it within the next month or so.



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