- 52 months ago
Hello I have my old prebuilt Alienware x51 gaming desktop which I keep at a family member's house to use when I stay over their house, and the machine is getting a tad bit old now and since its 2016 I was wondering what parts I should consider to upgrade the machine. My budget is $500 for the upgrades. And I'm going to be using the machine for gaming, streaming, and making videos.
The machine is a 2012 model Alienware x51 it has a Intel Core i3 3220 socket LGA1155, the graphics card is a OEM Nvidia Geforce GTX 645 Kepler architecture graphics card with 576 cuda cores 823mhz core clock and 1gb of video memory, the machine also has a 1tb 7200rpm Seagate hard drive and 8gb of GSkill Ripjaws ram that I recently upgraded from the 6gb of ram that the machine came with
heres a few links to the parts that are in the machine so anyone looking at this post can get a bit more detail on what I have in the machine: Processor: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i33220 Harddrive: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003 Video Card: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-645-oem Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
Notes: The system has a ITX board in it and it needs a blower style card in it because of the limited air flow in the machine also the Alienware uses a power brick (yes a actual giant power brick) that is 240W and I can buy a upgraded power brick from dell (http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&sku=332-1432) that is capable of 330 watts that is capable of supporting gpus as power hungry as the gtx 970
Also a little side note I don't mind shopping for used parts
and one more thing I need a BLOWER style video card because the computer has no exhaust fans and I tried a 750 ti with a non blower cooler and it just overheated the machine