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Alienware Alpha Review

Combining the UI of a gaming console with the power of a PC, the Alienware Alpha is a force to be reckoned with.

Configurations and Upgrading

The $549 base Alpha I reviewed features a 2.9-GHz dual-core Intel Core i3-4130T CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 5,400-rpm hard drive and a custom Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M with 2GB of VRAM. For an additional $100, you can upgrade the RAM to 8GB and the storage to a 1TB 5,400-rpm hard drive.

If you're looking for more oomph than what a Core i3 CPU musters, the $799 version features a 2-GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-4590T processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB 5,400-rpm hard drive and a custom Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M with 2GB of VRAM.

For even more power, the $899 premium model has a 2-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4765T CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 2TB 5,400-rpm hard drive and a custom Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M with 2GB of VRAM.

Currently, the only configurations of the Xbox One Microsoft offers is the $350 original model with 250GB of storage and the $499 Call of Duty edition with 1TB of storage for $499. Sony only offers the PlayStation 4 with 250GB of storage for $399.