alienware-alphaIf you would like to get your gaming kicks in where the desktop PC is concerned, most of the time, enthusiasts would have stuck to building such a machine from scratch, since it offers them the flexibility to play around with a certain budget, not to mention being able to know just what exactly is going into the chassis. Well, Alienware, a name that is synonymous with quality gaming hardware, has just introduced a brand new small form-factor gaming desktop PC known as Alienware Alpha.

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First designed to be a Steam Machine, the Alienware Alpha will run on Valve’s Linux-based Steam operating system. Right now, the Alienware Alpha will ship with Windows, and I would suppose that up to a certain extent, Valve’s decision to delay the Steam OS launch until 2015 has something to do with that. As for its pricing details, the Windows-powered Alienware Alpha is not going to burn a hole in your pocket, as prices start at $550 onward.

With Windows 8.1 as the operating system of choice, it will also be accompanied by the Steam game client and Steam Big Picture user interface, where this is being marketed as a game console that also doubles up as a fully functional PC. Other hardware specifications include an Xbox 360 wireless game controller, Intel Core i3 all the way to Core i7 Haswell processors, up to 8GB RAM, up to 2TB of internal memory, 802.11ac WiFI, and NVIDIA Maxwell graphics. [Press Release]

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