Area 51 7500 Suggested Upgrade


Sep 11, 2020
Okay I'm compatibility and component challenged :)
Seeking suggestions and advise as I game (Sims, Elder Scrolls, and Second Life) and build mods/scripts for games. Obviously I am more a software than hardware person. Configuration of things to play and applications to use is my specialty but configurations with compatibility for computer components is not.

So I am the original owner, still in great condition and have upgraded to Windows 10 Pro right now. It's running, boots, I play Ultima Online and code scripts currently on it. Everything works!! YAAAY but I want to see what is good to keep and what is suggested (and what) to upgrade to a top gaming desktop.

Everything still works and I have upgraded the graphics card and DVD drive only, but want to upgrade the graphics to dual graphic cards.

Here is my original configuration from my order:

[1] Area-51® 7500

: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8400 3.00GHz 6MB Cache 1333MHz FSB
Alienware P2 Chassis: Alienware® P2 Chassis with AlienIce™ 3.0 Video Cooling - Space Black
System Lighting: Alienware® AlienFX® System Lighting - Astral Blue
System Cooling: Alienware® High-Performance Liquid Cooling
Acoustic Dampening: Alienware® Acoustic Dampening
Power Supply: Alienware® 750 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
Graphics Processor: Single Graphics Card - 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT
Memory: 3GB Patriot EP+ Low Latency Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 2 x 1024MB + 2 x 512MB

Motherboard: Alienware® Approved NVIDIA® nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
Operating System (Office software not included): Windows Vista® Home Premium – DirectX 10 Ready!
Desktop Tuners and Remotes: Without Media Center Remote Control
System Drive: Extreme Performance (RAID 0) - 500GB (2 x 250GB) SATA 3Gb/s 7,200RPM 2 x 16MB Cache
Optical Drives : Single Drive Configuration - 20X Dual Layer Burner (DVD±RW) w/ LightScribe
Enthusiast Essentials: Dual High Performance Gigabit Ethernet Ports
Physics Processing Unit: Ageia PhysX PCI-Express Processing Unit w/ 128MB GDDR3 - More Info
Sound Card: High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio
Keyboard: Gaming Keyboard - Saitek II Backlit Keyboard
Mouse: Gaming Mouse - Razer Diamondback™ 3G Mouse
Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support w/ Onsite Service
AlienRespawn: AlienRespawn v2.0 Recovery DVD – Windows Vista® Edition
Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mesh Cap
Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mousepad
Alienware Extras: Alienware® Desktop Binder
Alienware Extras: Owner Identification Card
Alienware Extras: Internal Wire Management
Avatar: Alien Cyborg
Window Style: Blue Window Style
Mouse Pointers: Large Mouse Pointers
Wallpaper: Alienhead Glow (Widescreen)
Wallpaper: Alien Cyborg (Widescreen)
Wallpaper: Predator 2 (Widescreen)
Power Plan: High Performance
Automatic Updates: Automatic Updates Off
Sidebar Gadgets: CPU Meter
Sidebar Gadgets: Notepad
Time Zones: (GMT - 7.00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)


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Oct 7, 2018

I would gut it, and remove all the components, nothing other than maybe a SSD or modern GPU would be worth keeping.

Any ATX motherboard will work inside, its a standard form factor. The only thing to take VERY careful note of is the controller board at the bottom of the case. it controls the LEDs.

If it's passive (has dip switches on the plug in card that change the LED colors) then its an easy upgrade. you still will have lighting control. I would just take note if you have a cable from the Motherboard power supply connector to the board. I've found I don't need it on my passive card.

If your looking to update it but not break the bank, i'd probably consider a B550 motherboard and a Ryzen 5 3600, 16gb of ram, new PSU, New SSD, and either use the stock AMD cooler or upgrade. without mods you should be able to replace it with any 120mm AIO cooler unit.

Here are some pictures of my rig. I actually removed the HDD drive cage and cut it to support a 240mm radiator. and painted the inside black, then upgraded the fans slightly and mounted a 240mm AIO in the front.

Hope this helps in some way


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Sep 11, 2020
Thanks I will take note of it. I don't mind spending the bank, but I am not buying from Dell. Not a fan and never will be. Which means for now I am doing my own thing.

Like I mentioned I am software and know what plays nice with each other, but hardware I'm still getting my feet wet. For the most part my concern was the raid setup and motherboard. Once I have that my learning will be just what place nice with what I get.

I do appreciate the help and this certainly helps a lot.
With your pc, If you have a big enough budget you can buy a prebuilt and transfer the components from that, as your current hardware is very outdated by modern standards. if you want full windows 11 support, you will need to upgrade basically everything. Lmk if you need help picking hardware, but PCPartPicker is a great place to find parts that are compatible with each other.