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Upgrading My Alienware Desktop

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OK, after having some performance issues with my current Alienware System, the 2008 Area 51 I’ve finally decided to invest into another Alienware System, the Aurora R4. Recently I’ve been doing some video editing with large files using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 and have notice a huge performance decrease when running multiple applications such as Photoshop. I want to be able to multi-task but my current system isn’t keeping up. I know I could make a few upgrades, but enough is enough. My last purchase was a Nvidia GTX 550ti for this machine which set me back approx $230.00 at the time, but my Dual Core CPU is old news. Time for the new!

Today I dropped $3500.00 on a new Alienware Aurora R4, and this was after saving 6% from promotions and getting free shipping. Here is my new system specs:

  • Intel Core i7-3930K (Six Core, 12MB Cache) Overclocked up to 4.1Ghz
  • 16GB Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
  • 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690
  • 256GB SSD 6Gb/s MAIN + 1TB 7200RPM Storage
  • Alienware Aurora X79 with ALX Chassis
  • Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP1, English, w/Media
  • Single Drive: Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BD-ROM, DVD,RW, CD-RW)
  • Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe Audio Sound Card
  • Alienware TactX Mouse & Keyboard

I’m keeping my monitor and 7.1 surround sound as they are relatively new anyway. I choose to stay with Windows 7 as I’ve read about some performance issues with Windows 8, so maybe I’ll wait another year or so before I upgrade my OS.

The goal, other than having a bad ass desktop system, was to be able to run multiple applications with little to no performance issues so I’ll be sure to keep you up to date with how this works out.

Yeah, I do some gaming from time to time as well. Some may see me playing Battlefield 2 on the Big E Server (Callsign: =[342FT]= Deadstick) and I’m a bit excited to see how this new systems handles Battlefield 3 and the upcoming Battlefield 4 this fall, but the main purpose is to be able to multi-task running high end software that demands performance.

Stay tuned…..

UPDATE: 05/14/2013

Here is a few pics of my new rig:

Alienware R4 Desktop alienware desktop r4 and monitor alienware taxtx keyboard mouse alienware r4 pc cd bay

I also went out and bought the 24″ ASUS VG248QE Monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate. It’s 3d enabled already, has 1ms and a ton of features. Check this video review on the monitor itself. Now I’m taking the full advantage of my GTX 690 video card and can not believe how much I have been missing from running a slower monitor.

So far I’ve had no issues with my new PC and currently running Adobe CS6 Cloud Design Software and I’m very impressed. Opening large projects with multiple applications running in the background has had zero affect on performance. It’s AWESOME! The liquid cooled system is super quiet and runs very efficiently. I havnt done to much gaming on it, but from what I have done, it’s a whole new experience by far.

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