The updated Area-51 case design includes an eye-catching active-louver cooling system (those fins at the top), internal lighting, and a motorized front door. And Alienware says the top-end ALX version of the liquid-cooled rig is the "most powerful" it's created.

Specs on the full-tower go as high as a factory-overclocked 3.86GHz Core i7 975 processor, 12GB of DDR3-1600MHz memory, and dual 1.8GB GeForce GTX 295 graphic cards. Both it, and the standard Area-51, also have a variety of high-end Blu-ray and RAID hard disk configurations (the case supports six SATA 2 hard disks). Prices start at $2000.

The redesigned Aurora MicroATX (mid-size) desktops are a little cheaper; they start at $1200. They're also liquid-cooled systems, and options include a factory-overclocked 3.6GHz Core i7 processor, dual 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphic cards, and up to 24GB of DDR-1333Mhz or 12GB of DDR3-1600Mhz RAM.


Pricey beasts, but definitely some cool ideas at work here. They're on show at Gizmodo Gallery, so stay tuned for our hands on impressions. And if you're in New York, come on down and see for yourself. We gots Pancakes!