Alienware Alpha ASM100-3000BLK Mini Desktop (Intel Core i3-4170T 3.2GHz Processor, 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB HDD, Windows 10) Black

 
Video Gaming Advice For The Cool Gamer
 
Ready to game? Are your friends around with snacks and the best new game? Is your online role playing game already loaded? No more! To make the most of gaming, you have to read this first!
 
If as a parent you are concerned with video game content, control what downloadable mods are placed in the game. These downloadable mods are normally created by players, not the video game companies, so there is no rating system. What you thought was a relatively un-risky game can turn a lot worse with one of these mods.
 
If you are interested in a game that has a sequel (or two), go for the newest version of the game. In general, the newer it is, the more interesting the title will be. Therefore, don't start at the beginning and work your way through. Simply go for the best game at the beginning, especially if you have a limited budget.
 
If you can't get past a particular level, turn off all noise, whether it is the in-game sounds or music that you have put on. This will help you to really focus on what is happening in front of you and you may have a better chance of progressing in the game.
 
As a parent, it is important to remember that children do not have an "off" switch in their brain. Without parental intervention, kids can (and will) play video games for many hours without stopping. It is important to monitor the amount of time your child can play their games. Set a limit and be consistent and firm with this limit.
 
Most kids enjoy gaming, even children as young as preschoolers. As a parent, it is important that you choose games that are both stimulating and educational for your preschooler. When your child is playing a game, sit with your child and help guide them through the game. By doing this, the game will have more educational value and not just be a form of entertainment to keep the child busy while you do other things.
 
Check to see if the place you get video games from has a rewards program. You can get extra discounts on games, and even subscriptions to gaming magazines. These may also reward you extra money for trading in used games. It may cost money to sign up, but the rewards add up quickly if you go there often.
 
Save money on video games through online re-sellers or auction sites. Many sites like Ebay or Amazon offer a wide variety of video games at deeply discounted prices. Look for sellers who have a highly positive rating from many buyers. This is a great way to stretch your gaming dollars.
 
Play video games to help you learn. Video games are not only a lot of fun, but they can be quite educational, too. If you or someone you know is having a hard time learning some concept, look for a game that will help teach it. You will be surprised at just how much a video game can teach you.
 
Try not to buy new video games on the day of their release. Video games are expensive nowadays and waiting a month or two from the release date can help you to save a lot of money on new video games. New video games always cost more for the first few weeks after their release.
 
Always read up on a video game title before you invest your hard-earned money in it! It can be tough to wade through the sea of biased reviews that spring up around any popular video game, but you may uncover important information that has an impact on your buying decision. Have a little patience and figure out if the game in question is really worth your time and money.
 
When playing some of the longer games on your console system, make sure to take a break and get away from the screen. Go outside for a few minutes and let your eyes adjust. Stretch your legs. You will start to notice how much better you play the games when you take these short breaks.
 
There, you're now ready to get back to worldwide domination or even neighborhood supremacy. These tips will help you beat your competition and make you a better gamer. Just knowing a little bit can get you far in the world of gaming, even if it's just a hobby.
 

3 thoughts on “Alienware Alpha ASM100-3000BLK Mini Desktop (Intel Core i3-4170T 3.2GHz Processor, 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB HDD, Windows 10) Black

  • 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid performance and price point for Alienware’s entry level model, August 28, 2016
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    This review is from: Alienware Alpha ASM100-3000BLK Mini Desktop (Intel Core i3-4170T 3.2GHz Processor, 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB HDD, Windows 10) Black (Personal Computers)
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    Let’s say right up front that the Alienware Alpha ASM100-3000BLK Mini is a pretty good gaming system. It is of course the entry level model in the Alienware lineup and as such is a target for scorched earth critics who will accept nothing but the best and the latest. Although I suspect that some reviewers get all their gaming gear for free, and so are not only spoiled and jaded but, more importantly, intolerant of anything other than the biggest bling and bang, it seems that some reviewers also look at their gaming gear as a weapon of their own status and have nothing but scorn for anything that doesn’t live up to their glory. Opinions can sometimes be as violent as the games played on the systems. But, that said, the Alienware Alpha ASM100-3000BLK Mini is a good place to get into this type of device if your budget just doesn’t justify the higher priced models. The “shortcomings” of the Alienware Alpha ASM100-3000 are that it has only an Intel i3 dual core CPU, instead of an i7 quad core, and that it has only a 500GB 5400rpm HD instead of a 1TB 7200rpm HD and has only 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM instead of 8GB. These things all make a difference. But are are they deal breakers at the price point? I don’t think so, and if $500-ish is the upper limit of your budget you should not lose sleep or torment yourself, or allow yourself to be tormented by others, by buying into the entry level model. Performance is generally excellent and image quality in motion excellent even on big 1080p TVs. The footprint is very small, allowing it to fit in easily with the new generation of small form factor set top boxes, video streamers, disc players and so forth. It can be used with either keyboard and mouse or with an XBOX controller. And, of course, it’s also a Windows 10 PC which brings all that functionality to your living room if you’re using it with your home TV. All in all, a great entry point into the Alienware product line and gaming concept.
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  • 5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s tiny, August 7, 2016
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    D. Coral
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    Here’s a photo of my Alpha with a pen on top of it, sitting on a magazine, so you can get an idea of the size. This is smaller than a laptop PC!

    Alienware makes this mini desktop in several different configurations. This is the first generation design with a custom-built nVidia GeForce GTX 860M (mobile graphics chip). The recently introduced Alpha R2 comes with the GeForce GTX960 (desktop graphics chip) with a lot more graphics processing horsepower.

    This has a traditional mechanical hard drive, which is usually the bottleneck for slow loading. The newer Alpha R2 is available with much faster M.2 mini-PCIe solid state drives.

    If you want the smoothest gaming experience, I’d go with the newer Alpha R2. This one is nice for casual gaming and as a general home theater PC, or as a web browsing PC for a space saving environment (for example if you have a tiny apartment and you are micro-sizing everything).

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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good enough, August 19, 2016
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    This review is from: Alienware Alpha ASM100-3000BLK Mini Desktop (Intel Core i3-4170T 3.2GHz Processor, 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB HDD, Windows 10) Black (Personal Computers)
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    I’ve been looking for a small, $500 +/- desktop PC to use for light gaming & playing ripped movies, but all the ones I came across were either under-powered, had a poor graphics card, or were too expensive. This one fits the niche nicely. Some minor (to me) sacrifices: it’s r1, not r2, and only 2 USB 3.0 ports. But for the price, those negatives are inconsequential.
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