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 Post subject: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:07 pm 
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So I guess Ill be the first to post in this forum. LOL.

I finally got my order number, and the system is almost done. It should be here next week sometime.

Here are the OFFICIAL Specs of the Area 51:

1 224-6948 BASE,PHOBOS,ANW-DT,AREA 51
1 313-8661 Cosmic Black, Alienware Area-51 Chassis, 1.1KW PSU
1 313-8750 AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue
1 313-8947 Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
1 313-9204 Dual Drives: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo (BD-ROM; DVD/CD Burner) and DVD-ROM
1 317-2484 Overclocked Intel Core i7 975 3.6GHz (8MB Cache)
1 317-2494 6GB Triple Channel 1333MHz DDR3
1 320-7810 No Monitor
1 320-8385 Dual ATI Radeon HD 5870, 2GB GDDR5
1 330-5817 Alienware High-Performance Liquid Cooling
1 330-6348 Automatic Updates: On
1 330-6443 Resource DVD, MLANG
1 330-6444 Accessory Kit, Area-51, Eng
1 330-6518 No Keyboard
1 342-0271 640GB - SATA-II 3Gb/s 7200RPM, 16MB Cache HDD
1 410-0312 McAfee VirusScan Plus 15 Month Subscription (English)
1 410-1867 ADOBE READER 9.0 MULTI- LANGUAGE
1 420-6436 PC-Restore, Dim/Insp
1 420-9691 DataSafe Local BackUp 2.0 Basic
1 421-0974 CYBERLINK PDVD 8.0 ANW
1 421-0975 NERO 9, ANW
1 421-1724 Soft Contracts,Dell In Home,Alienware
1 421-2062 Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit, English

The only thing they forgot was my Media Card Reader, but they are going to send one to me seperately.

So what do you guys think? How does it look? I just hope it gets here QUICK!!!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:26 pm 
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Not bad! It seems to be pretty comparable to whats being replaced. Though I find it odd they gave you a Blu-ray combo and DVD-ROM drive. Did you only have one optical drive? Maybe it was an added "we are sorry" bonus :).

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:40 pm 
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I think a lot of the stuff was "we are sorry upgrades" LOL.

If you are looking at my sig, a couple things were not originally in the system. They built me a system compared directly to mine from the original configuration.

The original Config was:

Intel Core i7 965 Factory OC to 3.73GHz
3GB DDR3 1066MHz RAM
500GB 7200RPM HDD
ATI Radeon 4850 Crossfire (they replaced with 9800GT's because of issues with 4850's)
XPS H2C Liquid Cooling
Sound blaster X-fi
DVD/CD RW with DBL Layer
19-1 Media Card reader
Windows Vista Ultimate
Dell 1KW PSU

So I did get an upgrade on the RAM, the HDD, the Video cards, and the Optical Drives, and somewhat of the CPU, and OS. Also a tad upgrade on the PSU. So I have to say I am impressed. I am going to take out my GTX 295 and my Dominator GT's and put the original stuff back in before I send the system. So I will try and regain some of the money I spent in the last couple months on this system by trying to sell my 295 and dominator gt's.

I have been reading that people were having some problems with the lighting, the MIO board, and windows 7. I just hope I wont have problems.

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:08 pm 
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Deffinitly a top notch system :) Should really play games nicely for ya :!:

Makes my rig look like an old typwriter :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:14 pm 
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Think positive! lol That's all you can do besides the typical hoping and praying. Maybe... just maybe... they will double check everything and make sure it all works!

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:23 pm 
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Yea. I gotta look at the bright side. :D

The only thing I dont want is more delays in the system. I have a few games that I bought and they have just been sitting here. I havent had the chance to play anything because my current desktop refuses to post.

I definitely know I have a lot of catching up to do once it arrives.

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:34 pm 
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Hey m3th0d1c4l, is Dell claiming that the system I sold you came with a media reader? If so I never got it when I received 730x. I had to buy one off of ebay. Also let me know if you sell the 295?

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:43 am 
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Yea, they are going to take everything with the XPS. I just got 2 9800GT's off ebay, and I went and got the 3GB of RAM as well from my local computer store. I wish they would let me keep the XPS too. :D

The media card reader, they agreed to just send me. I just asked them if they could add it on, and I would pay them. But they said they will just send one with a "tech" to install it for no charge, because they said it was only like $20 upgrade or something. The one they are giving me though is without bluetooth.

And the only thing they said they could not match in my system was the Killer K1 NIC card, which I didnt even know came with this system until now, when I looked over the configuration again. They had no more free slots in the system, and they figured I would rather have the sound card (which they were right). LOL.

They told me I could just keep the Killer card from the XPS, and not to include it when sending it. It was actually a bit of relief, because it saved me from buying one to put in the system. :D

Once I get the system Ill let you know about the GTX 295.

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:43 am 
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I actually do have one question, if anyone might know the answer.

Since this new system is coming with a blu ray drive, do I need any additional software to play blu ray discs, or can I just use windows media player? I havent used a blu ray drive before in a PC, so I dont know how this will work. If anyone can give me a heads up on it that would be great.

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:19 am 
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Hhhmm... it will probably require a codec/decoder, just like you need one to watch a DVD. You would hope that the software Dell sends you (think on the bright side... remember?) will have some sort of Cyberlink PowerDVD software that can play Blu ray movies. That would be my guess *shrug*.

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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 4:03 pm 
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Ahh, I think you are right. I just noticed these 2 on the bottom of the list:

1 421-0974 CYBERLINK PDVD 8.0 ANW
1 421-0975 NERO 9, ANW

I am guessing they are for the bluray/dvd playback.

Thanks buddy.

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:41 am 
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No problem! The Cyberlink stuff is all you should need. Make sure its completely updated before wathcing a movie. Some versions of the Cyberlink software cause some system instability.

I am also willing to bet the Nero 9 stuff might a trial or very watered down version. Unless its an "added bonus". You probably won't even need to install it because there are so many better burning software that is also free.

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:56 pm 
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Update - So as usual with Dell, my order has been delayed to be shipped out on February 19th now instead of this week. :( :twisted:

I tried calling Dell, to ask them if I could upgrade anything on the order (which I would pay for), to expedite the ship time, but they do not know which part is delaying the order. On top of that, if I did upgrade anything, they said it would push my system to the back of the line, so there would be no point.

They said it could be shipped out earlier if everything goes smooth, but I doubt that. So, I plan to wait 2 weeks now to get it.

Just thought I'd keep you guys updated.

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
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Sorry to hear about the delays on your new build. That doesn't really surprise me. I had the same thing happen to me when they replaced my 730 with the 730x. But luck would have it I received the 730x earlier then planned. I would probably say the delay if there is my be the ATI 5870's. I know they have been having some issue with the Cards not working correctly with certain types of MOBO. Will I hope Dell gets this fixed so I can take those 5870 off your hands. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:46 pm 
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Yea I dont know what the issue is. They keep telling me it was because of the "harsh winter," but I dont really know. I just want to have a working desktop again. I have dumped a lot of money in this which I really shouldn't have, and I just hope it was worth it in the end.

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
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i wish my 630i was still under warrenty i'd break it on purpose to get that set up

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
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bagzer wrote:
i wish my 630i was still under warrenty i'd break it on purpose to get that set up


Haha. :D

Well, it has its ups and downs. I have been without a functional desktop since Jan 19, so its almost been a month, and it will be by the time my system gets delivered. LOL.

I was actually quite happy with my system. It just refused to function properly, and Dell refused to replace parts in it anymore, since they tried to fix it too many times. LOL

You could still buy warranty for your 630i, you just might have to pay the warranty reinstatement fee (i think its $49). And maybe sometime down the road, somehow it will break. ;)

Usually, their policy is that if they try to fix the same problem 3 times or more, they declare it a lemon, and replace the system with a current system that is being sold and shipped. They will also replace the PC if they dont manufacture parts for it anymore. In your case, I wouldnt know what they would replace it with. I have seen some people on other forums end up with a Studio XPS (which isnt bad either, still has an i7), or an Alienware Aurora.

I still dont know how this system is going be. From what I read, its supposed to be a solid system. But I also see users with problems with the lighting and chassis controls. So I will have to wait and see.

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
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Hey m3th0d1c4l, you been pretty quite for a while. Any word on the New system?

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 Post subject: Re: Alienware Area-51
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:30 pm 
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Nothing yet. As far as I see on the Order Page and the emails from Dell on the Status of the system, it might be delayed again til Feb. 24th. I dont understand why it is taking soooo long.

Im dying here.......LOL.

They are now telling me that it usually takes 15-21 Business Days from when they started to build it, which was Feb. 3rd. So it most likely will be shipped out next Wednesday now. From their info, the last day it can be shipped is Mar. 4th, but I really hope it doesnt take that long.

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m3th0d1c4l wrote:
They are now telling me that it usually takes 15-21 Business Days from when they started to build it, which was Feb. 3rd. So it most likely will be shipped out next Wednesday now. From their info, the last day it can be shipped is Mar. 4th, but I really hope it doesnt take that long.



Wow :!: Dell is really good at dragging their feet, it shouldn't take that long IMO ;)

You should ask for a refund and build a custom rig.....I bet it wouldn't take you two months to complete it :lol: It took me about 8 hours to build my 1st pc, and I was a noob at building computers....still am kind off ;)

My thoughts.

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I wish I could do that. But the original system was bought about 1 year ago, and I dont think they will give a refund TBH.

All I know is, I just want the new system to be at my door pretty soon. At keast they were kind enough to get me a NEW system instead of a refurb/return. I think that is why it is taking so long. It is as if I bought a new system off their website.

Oh I know, I can build my own system way faster and better than theirs. But I am just still waiting patiently. LOL.

I will post back if I get any other news or updates.

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I figure so.

Hope they get er done soon, we all know what its like to be without our pc :lol:

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deando2008 wrote:
I figure so.

Hope they get er done soon, we all know what its like to be without our pc :lol:

Dean


Oh yea. Its one of the worst feelings. LOL.

I have 3 games here that I am waiting to play, which 2 of them are DX11 (AVP, DIRT 2, and ME2), and I cant atm. :( I would like to see how much of a difference DX9/DX10/DX11 is going to be with the new cards.

I played ME2 on Xbox, but I want PC graphics. LOL

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Who knows maybe you might be getting the new Intel 980x :o :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: The time frame is with in the time of release. Also I would demand a extend warranty since you have been out for almost whole month. I hope they get their butts in gear.

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I HIGHLY doubt Dell would be that good. LOL.

IF they changed anything on the order, it would have showed up (and probably be delayed longer lol) and I would have gotten an email of it. I dont see any Alienware systems with the 980x as an option....yet. I hope they can make it an option with a bios update, so at least I will be able to upgrade in the near future.

I think I am going to do that. I have lost over a month of warranty on the system, and the least they can do is extend it for me an extra month until I can get some money to purchase another year or 2 of warranty on the new system.

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