Alienware X51 R3

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Hey everyone,

Just wondering if anyone can help, i am wanting to upgrade my computer but i have been told since everything is in a alien ware case i will not be able to use anything is this correct? please see below.

CPU
Intel Core i7 6700K @ 4.00GHz 50 °C
Skylake 14nm Technology
RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1064MHz (15-15-15-36)
Motherboard
Alienware 026CD3 ( 0)
Graphics
S22C450 (1920x1080@60Hz)
Intel HD Graphics 530 (Dell)
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 (NVIDIA) 42 °C
ForceWare version: 446.14
SLI Disabled
Storage
238GB NVMe PM951 NVMe SAMSU (Unknown (SSD))
1863GB Seagate ST2000DM001-1ER164 (SATA )

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Cheers
 
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Looks like quite a small case - any GPU upgrade will be limited by what you can fit in there and probably also the power rating of the PSU
 
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I've been looking at the X51 R2 and there are loads of videos on youtube that fit a GTX 1060 6gb blower FE type in that case so I would imagine something similar for the R3 with single PCIE Power should fit as long as its a blower type card.

If you are on about upgrading to include a new case you should be able to use everything that you dont upgrade in your new case.
 
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I'm thinking of getting a whole new case and a new graphics.. Trying to play cod war zone and the graphics are terrible getting 24 fps max 30 .
 
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Are you sure you can use that motherboard in a new case? It looks pretty whacky in the pictures I can see online.
 
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Not a standard motherboard for sure...separate board for dealing with powersupply which comes from a power brick i am guessing?

I have an older version of it that i got left by a customer...very limited options for you upgrade wise i am afraid....

What is the rating of the power brick?
 
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It is a power brick it is 330w is there anything I can salvage to make a custom build so to speak I just thought it's a waste. I don't think I would get much for selling the whole rig
 
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6700K goes for silly money (£150-£200), even a GTX 960 is not cheap used with this GPU shortage. Alienware systems and cases sold pretty well historically, but I don't know if they still do.

It could be that selling the 6700K separately and getting a cheap Skylake Celeron or Pentium to complete a barebones would maximise your return. With the i7 CPU and GTX 960 the systems seem to go for £350+, with no graphics card one went for £300.

When I sell, I always split, to split the risk.

If you wanted to salvage, the motherboard might have a standard ATX screw layout (not sure, it's hard to tell without measuring the distance between them), but the PSU is not standard. I don't know if it's possible to plug a standard ATX PSU into that motherboard, or if you could just re-use the power brick and have it stick out of the case. Perhaps @postmanfw can help with that.

Does a graphics card have to be low profile, or just compact? I can't really tell from the pictures. There are some compact upgrades available, like a 2070 Mini (PSU permitting). There are low profile options like a 1650, but I don't think that would be big enough upgrade from a 960 to be worth it.

The CPU, RAM, graphics card and storage should all be widely compatible, it's only the case, motherboard and PSU that are weird.
 
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Ideally i have about £600 to do an upgrade, i do want to start the process of upgrading the components bit by bit. i want to be able continually upgrade, looking at the advice i will need a new case, psu and motherboard, what would you prioritise because at the minute i thought my main issue was space and GPU, at the moment i am having to game on xbox one to play COD warzone with my friends. not ideal.

My IT manager at work said he could do the following for about £1100 but this will take me till about October to get that money.

PARTS: i7 9700f, 16GB DDR4, 250GB SSD, RTX 2060, Cooler Master AIO, 750 Watt Power Supply, Asus Prime B360-Plus


Thank you all for posting i do appreciate the help.
 
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Ideally i have about £600 to do an upgrade, i do want to start the process of upgrading the components bit by bit. i want to be able continually upgrade, looking at the advice i will need a new case, psu and motherboard, what would you prioritise because at the minute i thought my main issue was space and GPU, at the moment i am having to game on xbox one to play COD warzone with my friends. not ideal.

My IT manager at work said he could do the following for about £1100 but this will take me till about October to get that money.

PARTS: i7 9700f, 16GB DDR4, 250GB SSD, RTX 2060, Cooler Master AIO, 750 Watt Power Supply, Asus Prime B360-Plus


Thank you all for posting i do appreciate the help.

around £600 without the GPU

My basket at Overclockers UK:
Total: £960.15 (includes shipping: £12.30)​
 
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