"Only a gaming computer...if your game is Solitaire"1.5 starson by HooInDC
Pros: Aesthetically pleasing, compact. Win 8 is really nice.
Cons: Poor graphic and Sound quality on the GTX 660. Can't run any games on higher than Medium quality...so not really a gaming computer.
Summary: Bought this as a replacement for a 4 year old computer that I was thinking about upgrading. With all the changes I needed to make to that one, figured it would be easier to just go with this model, since Alienware used to be the industry's topline gaming pc manufacturer. Got the WIN 8 OS and GTX 660 graphic card upgrades. I got home and decided to see what this bad boy could do. Not much unfortunately. It seems that the graphic card is unable to handle anything above Medium setting (even though Nvidia says I can run my games on Ultra, it seems anything above Low or Mid results in a crash to desktop, or reboot of computer). Even at low settings the sound start distorting after about 5 mins or so. I assumed it was just a bad graphics card; however. this is apparently a common problem, without a solution, as I've found multiple entries on tech forums (Alienware's solution is to turn off your McAfee...which I did, but it didn't help). In short, it seems that the X51 has missed the mark.