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DELL Alienware or Help Me Play PUBG Sooner Rather than Later

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OMG, none of my Overwatch streamers were on late yesterday so I spent the last half of the day watching more PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds than I usually do.  Wikipedia says they don't expect the Xbox timed exclusive to begin until late 2017 which means the game wont be coming to PS4 until, at best, mid-2018 or at worst early 2019. 

 

I have no place for a dedicated desktop computer and monitor set-up in the house but I do have room for something like the Alienware so I could continue to couch game. I spent a bit of time yesterday looking through them and am not sure which one to get. I like the form factor of the Steam Machine or the Alpha for the console look. I would primarily use the system for gaming in the living room but might be able to stretch the budget for an actual PC that the kids could use for homework and whatnot but I wouldn't mind being able to just easily move it into the teenagers room if I could because he will be a pain in the ass about doing his HW in the living room.

 

So... does anyone have any advice on the Alienware machines for what I want to do?  Ideally I would still be gaming with either the Steam Controller or if I can hook a PS4 controller up stick with that scheme.  I'd probably get a wireless keyboard and mouse just so I could begin learning how to use them to game though I'd stick with the controller more I'd wager.

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Alpha R2 is only recommended if you plug in an external gpu. Everything about that line is outdated garbage now. Plugging in a mediocre 960m gpu at this stage is a laugh.

Your better bet would be building your own pc or maybe snagging an okay laptop...like this Best Buy Dell HERE. Has an IPS screen, an okay amount of storage/ram (both expandable via the bottom access panel).

1050 Ti is not the best, and I'd still recommend a 1060 for anything 1080p related. But for your needs a 1050 Ti hits 60 fps at epic settings in Overwatch, and hits 60-ish fps in Battlegrounds at medium.

For bigger AAA stuff like witcher, deus ex, prey the 1050 ti isn't that great - not Uber settings - so just know that up front.

If you're still set on a set top box Asus has a $1250-1300 ROG Core desktop with a Nvidia 1070 inside. Zotac makes a line of liquid cooled solid state orientated Magnus line of set top boxes with Nvidia 980/1060/1070/1080 boxes but you have to supply your own ram and ssd's (prices increase with gpu power).
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