£699 X51 can run Battlefield 3 at full spec
Alienware's officially unveiled its cheaper, 'console-like' PC, the Alienware X51.
Sporting a smaller form-factor (it's slightly larger than an Xbox 360) and capable of running Battlefield 3 at full spec, the X51 is aimed at "the mass market", says Alienware. The base model comes in at £699 - so it's only 'cheaper' compared to the firm's other systems, then - and it includes a 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3-2120, Nvidia Geforce GT545 graphics card, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB harddrive.
The pricier £999 version includes 8 Gigs of RAM, an Intel Core i7-2600 and Nvidia Geforce GTX 555 graphics card.
That will give you up to 77 frames per second from Battlefield 3, according to Dell-owned Alienware. All systems are completely upgradeable. "I don't personally believe you can offer a system that offers a better gaming performance within that form-factor or even that there is anything close," Eoin Leyden, Alienware's senior product consultant told TechRadar.
Sure, you could probably build a PC yourself with the same specs for significantly cheaper, but it wouldn't look as cool, would it?