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Hi all. I have a quick and simple question. I plan on buying a new PC soon. Which would be alienware x51. I like to play different games, and i heard it was good. It would be with the I7-3770 and the GTX 660. I believe. I seen few videos on youtube of people with the PC on games such as SWTOR or battlefield 3. They had no lag even in max settings. Question is. Do you think it would be good for a game like second life? I like to roleplay and fight as well. How much FPS do you think i would get with this? Looking forward to see your answers. :]

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i think your wasting your money buying an alienware computer you could buy a prebuilt pc by another company with similar specs,a kit pc, or buy all the components yourself and save a significant amount od cash for the same exact product(minus the alienware case)

i bought an alienware computer close to 9 years ago it was my 1st super charged computer and cost me about 3 grand.

since then i had a few cheap ones useful for only internet purposes

and more recently about a year and 1/2 ago i knew my alienware was well past due to be replaced and i spent several months looking for the components i wanted most to build my own replacement and about 2 weeks before i was ready to order them i found a dell with 90% of the components i had wanted for even cheaper than i could have built it and it was still brand  new in the box. i wound up paying about $420 for a pc with intel i5 2500 quadcore  and 16 gb of ram i waited close to 6 months before i bought a new videocard for it and a 24 inch monitor but my total inventment when it was done was only about $800 and i can run sl on it in ultra settings all day long and play games like portal 2 and other games at max settings w/o missing a beat.

that was a year ago i bought it and i also can do high end 3d modeling on it for 1/4th the price i paid for my alienware. i'll never go back to the pc equivalent of apple hyped/priced computers lol.


go to websites like newegg and tiger direct or directly on the store sections of namebrand pc's like dell asus and toshiba get a feel for the components prices on the alienware computer by looking up each of the main pieces ram,cpu,and videocard on newegg and tirger direct then once you have a better idea how much it would cost to piece it together yourself look for prebuilt computers with similar specs and try and find the best deal if your not willing to build it yourself. alienware is all about customizing a computer for its customers but unfortunately they price that like apple does through the roof just to plug some memory sticks and video cards into slots on a motherboard.

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At 1200 or so bucks I think that x51 is a steal. Definitely not easy to build your own for that price. Not at all impossible, but for a change this looks like well priced Alienware.

@ OP

The framerates will really depend on the sim you are in. Well designed, not too crowded sims and high settings should give you 100+ fps with that computer. But as soon as you enter a busy RP sim, don't be surprised to see 10-20 fps, even on lower settings.

At least that's what I get with a very similair system (3770K@3.4 (so exactly the same as the 3770) and a GTX 670, 16GB)

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Thank you all for your answers.

Sadly, i don't know how to build my own PC. I'd rather put few more money to make sure it's already done. I guess you can call me lazy, ha!

About the FPS. I know that i can expect low fps on a sim badly managed. Sims never restarted, and such. In my roleplay, people watch their scripts, the sim is restarted often. It's usually not laggy. I should be able to get good FPS to fight then?

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