Changes Alienware X51, and possible X71 chassis
I know it's only been a week since the X51 was unveiled to the masses but, already, I can see the need for a few improvements that may have been surprisingly lost in the development process. All in all, however there really isn't much wrong with what the system provides to users.
As with the M18x R2 thread I've made a number of suggested changes below, which will probably need a Dell technician to update over time as it becomes a proper debate. Those marked in bold are considered as priority adjustments to the options:
1) White, red and silver chassis-colours, as well as the standard black.
2) Aluminium Chassis instead of plastic, for greater durability.
3) The Killer 2100 NIC should be a possible wireless upgrade.
4) The ability to have Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) as well as Home Premium.
5) Three USB 3.0 ports instead of two -- thus having five USB 2.0 ports.
6) 7.1 connections for output to external speakers.
7) Slot-loading Lightscribe, Dual-Layer Blu-Ray Burner.
Now I'll talk about the "X71" concept I have in mind. I really like the fact that the new desktop has output for 3D Monitors/TVs, but a 1GB graphics card doesn't really give you a lot to work with. With gaming desktops also approaching the capacity of 64GB RAM and larger storage, I think it would be advantageous to think about a system that was set between the X51 and the Aurora...
Slightly larger but nowhere near the size of the mainstream tower cases, my proposal for the X71 is to incorporate the same functionality as the top-range X51, but with a few changes:
1) Instead of an NVIDIA 545/555 GTX 1GB, have options for a single NVIDIA 560Ti GTX 1.5GB, as well as an NVIDIA 590GTX 3GB card.
2) Options for a single 3.5in 2TB and 3TB HDD Drive, including a small, separate area for a 2.5in SSD.
3) Optional memory for up to 12GB and 16GB DDR3 RAM configurations.
4) A secondary HDMI 1.4 port.
5) An Expresscard slot for a TV Tuner.
6) A small area for reading SD/SDHC cards.
7) X71 R2 -- a removable hatch where the CPU is located, for attaching an additional Closed Radiator (like this) to improve heat exchange.
Cosmetically, it would reflect external changes similar to how the LEDs of the Aurora were different from the Area-51 tower cases, with more prominent lighting space either side. For this chassis, and possibly the X51 R2, the LED facade could also be improved with heiroglyphs similar to those found on Alienware's nameplate engraving service; where a standardised set of characters and the "beehive" symobology in the Aurora case are present.
The overall size of this desktop compared to the smaller X51 could be approximately 16ins (front-height), 14ins (rear-height), 4.75ins (width), 14ins (depth), and weigh approaximately 15lbs.