JACK: Hello and welcome back to Jack’s FSX Videos as you’ve probably noticed I’ve been releasing trailers over the past couple of months for this episode. So for almost everyone watching, this is the first time you will have seen my face and I’m probably nothing what you thought I looked like, as in my experience people never usually are.
But anyway, I’m here with my friend Dan wearing the Jack’s FSX official merchandise t-shirt, which is coming out soon. And we’re going to be doing an unboxing and set up video of Alienware Area 51 and all these other products and I’ll tell you what everything’s going to be used for and everything like that as we go through the episode.
So there’s about 40 different products here that we’re going to be unboxing first. So I’ll just quickly go through the order of the episode which you can also see in the description with all the timings so you can just skip to the parts you like just by clicking on the time.
So we’re starting off with the obviously unboxing of the 40 products with Dan, then we’ll be doing the renovations section basically like putting up my desks and the wall mounts on to the wall obviously and other things like that.
Then we’re doing the set up again with Dan, actually plugging everything in and making sure it’s all working then we’ll be doing testing which is also making sure it’s all working and doing frame testing and frame per second testings and things like that.
And then we’ll move onto the review, just like what we finally think of all the different products, obviously the main item is the Alienware so we’ll be mainly doing stuff on that and then it’ll just be the outro and that’ll be the whole episode.
So here is the episode contents page where you can look for the main parts that you want to watch and click on the annotation to go to that time index. Or if you’re on a tablet or mobile phone or something like that and can’t click on the annotations or you want the even more detailed contents page of each part of the episode, for example certain unboxing, it’s all down in the description as well in much more detail with a lot more times.
And I hope you enjoy the episode. Okay so the first item we are unboxing is really boring because we’re starting with the most boring stuff and working our way up to the computers and monitors and stuff.
This is a cable tidy management system it’s called but otherwise they’re known as cable snakes. So Dan you can open that. DAN: Oh I ripped it a little bit there, so from the off you’re going to see all these cables here.
JACK: So that’s I think just the instructions, I don’t know why you need any, but if you don’t know what these are basically cables just go inside them and keep them all together, if you go like- if you’re going to keep all your audio cables together or something or all of them go into a certain place, depends how you want to arrange them.
I don’t know what that is, I’ll figure it out, and we’ve also got some cable ties in the box. So I got these from Amazon for £5 I think, you get two, they’re fairly long I don’t know how long they are but they are pretty long and you get two in a box so that’s the first thing.
Right next is another cable management thing which I got from BPF online, four of them for £10 are these which basically clip on to the legs of your desk and then cable just travel up them so there’s four in there.
But unfortunately I got the wrong size they’re actually a bit too big so I’m going to return these and get the right size probably later on this week and hopefully you should see them for when I set up the actual desk.
Okay so next item, more cabling things, are the Mini K Blocks don’t know what to call them but they basically peel off the back there, that white sticker, and stick underneath your desk and wires basically feed into them like you can see in that picture there, just to suspend them underneath the desk.
So three come in there, I bought two packs of these so obviously that makes six and each pack costs me £6.14 from Amazon. I’m going to put a spreadsheet in the description- a link to a spreadsheet in the description with all the links to every product that I unbox here, so that’s that.
DAN: Okay so what we have here is a 6-gang extension lead, just two metres long and an 8-gang extension lead which is two metres long, this is £10 and this is £10.50. And it is surge protected and it’s got switches on and it’s all black with the red I guess, the switches and the green light at the top.
JACK: The two 8-gangs are going to sit under one desk, because I’ve got two desks which I’ll show you soon and then the 6-gang is going to sit under the shorter desk, and once you see the set up you’ll know why I’ve got 6-gangs and two 8-gangs and stuff like that for all the set up.
So next is the TV mouse which is what is says on there, but you can use it for monitors as well obviously. These are from Amazon as well I’ve got 5 of these because I’m mounting five monitors and I’ve got six monitors overall, these cost £12 from Amazon like I said.
So just open it up, there we go. So when you first open the box you’ve obviously got the monitor mount itself, Dan you can just take that, then you’ve got all the accessories and stuff, so screws and I think that’s like a spanner, multi-tool spanner in there as well and all the other stuff you’d need for that.
And step-by-step instructions and what you should have in the box. So that’s that. So there’s five of those for the five monitors going up on the wall. Right this is the stereo cable which will be plugging in to the sound mixer or sound board, whatever you want to call it, which you’ll see unboxing later.
So it’s a stereo connection there, the red and the black, which will plug in, there’s two of these, one for an input and one for an output, which then basically just convert to the jack, to the 3.5 mm jack.
I got both of them from Amazon for £2.30, so pretty cheap and they got good ratings so hopefully they should work and all that. DAN: So I’ve got 1.5 metre XLR extension cable, and it cost £2.94 from Amazon and the reason for purchasing this is because, the microphone stand, which you shall see shortly, the cable that is built into it isn’t actually long enough to reach from the microphone to the sound mixer on its own so there’s just this cable, it’s a bit tied up there’s no point opening that up, but yeah.
It’s got a male and a female on the end so you can have extension. JACK: Okay so these are the Amazon basics HDMI wires. So in this packet there is a 0.9 metre or 3-foot wire, and in this box there are two, 3 metre wires or 9.
8 feet wires. So you can open that one Dan. And I got two lots of these so four 3 metre wires and two 0.9 metre wires. And so if you buy them in packs of two you get like 50p off or something. So that’s the shorter one there that Dan is showing DAN: with Ethernet built in JACK: and this is the longer one.
It comes all protected and stuff, plastic seals over there and it’s all tied up, and the only other thing in here is a warning card in different languages. So that’s those, four of these and two of those.
Next is another Amazon basics product, it’s the USB 1 metre 3.0 extension cables, two packs of these I got, so two wires obviously, and these are going to be for extending the length of the wire for the USB hubs which you’ll also see soon.
So you can obviously see there the blue in there and in there, which obviously means 3.0 and that’s a metre long there so two of those, and yeah gold plated which reduces signal interference. Now this is a VGA cable, its 3 metres I think, yeah 3 metres.
Which is basically for the laptop, because I’m going to have three computers, thank you Dan, because I’m going to have three computers in this set-up and a laptop can’t support HDMI splitter so two be plugged into two monitors, so you need VGA cable and I needed a long cable to do it, so that’s what this is for.
There’s the end of it and that’s that done. So now it’s onto anti-static stuff. Because I bought a solid state drive to install into the Alienware computer, so sort of need this stuff to keep me and Dan grounded.
So this is the anti-static mat that was £14.95 from Amazon, and also comes with the cable obviously that clips onto the mat and then onto the computer case. DAN: And I’ve got these anti-static wrist bands, these cost £4.
94 and have got a really nice bag. So these bad boys are rocking a baby blue with a crocodile clip to clip onto the computer, and they are just like an elastic wrist band, which goes round your risk and has like a metal bit on the inside, that’s how you get like the signal through.
So good bargain, good buy. JACK: Then onto the mat, it’s I think the biggest mat that this company did on Amazon, just obviously trying to make sure it’s big enough to fit the computer on really. And then this bit here DAN: it smells nice JACK: then this bit here if I just bring it up here goes onto there and then that crocodile clip goes onto the case just like the wrist band.
So yeah I think this was a bit expensive for a mat, but still the size I suppose it sort of fair. DAN: Anyone who’s a big fan of unbox videos or just unboxing generally, you’re going to love the sound.
JACK: So it comes with protection on the bottom as well to keep that safe and everything, and that’s the mat then. DAN: Alright so this next product is the display port to HDMI adaptor and it’s all gold plated as I will show you here with a display port male on that end and a female HDMI there.
So the reason for this is because there will be three monitors, three HDMI monitors connected to the Alienware Area 51 PC, but there’s two graphics cards which means only two HDMI ports. But there will be another port for the display port therefore the display port to HDMI adaptor.
JACK: So the Alienware- the two graphics cards on the Alienware has actually three display ports for each graphics card but only one HDMI so obviously that required. Now this is the Belkin surge protection cube, the Surge Master as it’s called.
Which will be used for the Alienware computer, because I’d rather not risk a surge on the computer considering the price that it cost me. Bit weird opening this box, here we go. So I think it covers, I think, up to three and a half thousand watts as it says here.
Sorry 3250 watts there. And this is it itself, so that’s just going to go directly into the wall, I’m not going to put it into an extension lead or anything. Then obviously that light will come on and plug it into there.
So it does say on it, it’s got £10,000 warranty if your device breaks while using this so I’m not too worried about that or anything but yeah that’s what that’s for and I’ll be using that for the Alienware.
So this is more of an unusual item because of what it looks like but it’s actually pretty important for the set up. This is cable trunking which is basically going to get attached to the wall, so for the monitors go down to the desk let all the wires from the monitors be power cables and things like that feed down here.
So obviously hole down the middle. That peels off to stick on, that blue bit peels off to stick on the wall. It’s actually going to get cut a bit actually, about there. There is a plastic cover on this as well just to stop it from getting scratched because this is meant to be sort of an invisible thing, which Dan is just slowly taking off over there.
So that’s that really, and don’t know if it comes with anything, yeah that’s just the invoice and that’s it really. So another long item, this is the cable racks which Dan is very carefully going to open it so nothing gets scratched underneath.
So it’ll sort of be clear once it’s actually opened so just wait until then. So that actually took quite a while to get open but at least it’s well packaged, a lot of bubble wrap. So these are cable racks, they are from PDU Online.
I think they cost about £20 each including delivery and stuff. That’s just an invoice, or receipt rather. So I got two of these, they are both 800 mm racks, which will basically screw onto the desk using these, if I can get them out, there you go, using these which clip onto there and then onto the desk below and just hold all of the cables in there, which is a lot better than having them on the floor.
But, yeah you’ll see them obviously in use later on during the set up part of the video. So that’s that. DAN: Okay so this next one is, a gaming mouse pad. It’s really big because it’s going to have two keyboard and two mice on it.
It is 900 mm by 430 mm, which is obviously 90 cm by 43 cm, and it’s just 3 mm in thickness. It has quite a soft, rubbery feel to it and I think it’ll look really smart underneath a glowing keyboard. JACK: So that’s the mouse mat, it’s also got the logo down there as well.
It is a bit wider than I thought, but that’s fine actually, because it’s just going to go across the longer part of my desk. and yeah that’s mouse mat. So next up, is the LED RGB flexible strip lights.
So these are going to be attached underneath my desk just to add sort of glow underneath. You’ve probably seen them before on Youtube or another place on the internet. So it comes with a remote control, with all the different colours and stuff that you want there.
It’s also go things like quick, slow, fade, you can turn down the brightness and other stuff like that or the fading and flashing. So that’s the power plug there. That’ll plug into this and these get plugged into the lights, and I don’t know what these are.
Instruction manual in there as well. Then another- another adaptor there or something. And that’s obviously the main lighting of it, and it can actually be cut, if you see along there the brown bits there, they can actually be cut down there, to make it the length that you like.
Right now this is the Anchor four port hub, USB hub, it’s a 3.0 hub, obviously to get the higher speeds. So I got two of these, one for the- one for my current Dell laptop, and one for the Alienware computer.
So let’s open it up. It’s actually quite a nice little box actually. It says thanks for choosing Anchor when you open it. DAN: A good unboxing experience. JACK: It is, it’s actually a very nice little box.
Yeah, so it says ‘are you happy?’, then if you flip it over ‘are you not happy?’ if you want to complain or send compliments or whatever.A welcome guide, don’t really known what I’d need that for. And we’ve got the actual hub itself there, four ports, I’m not sure how long the wire is, it doesn’t look very long, which is why I’ve got those USB extension cables that you saw earlier.
Then it’s also got this Velcro thing here. So on one- they’re both sticky, that one will attach onto the desk and this one will attach onto the bottom of there, then its removable if you need to take it anywhere, or its obviously stationary down there if you don’t want it to move while it’s on your desk, which is also quite good.
Yes, it looks good, it’s pretty heavy, which is also good, and it’s got a light on there to tell you when it’s on. So I got two of those for the Dell and the Alienware. DAN: So this is, I believe, a speaker yeah, and it is by Logitech, for the computer.
As you get it out straight away it’s bubble wrap wrapped speakers. They look really nice, and they’ve got a USB cable, not USB 3 mind you, even though we have all those USB ports, USB port splitters but yeah.
JACK: So it comes with a instruction manual I see, which obviously we don’t really need, just plug it in and it will work. A warning manual and safety and stuff. And I’ve actually got another lot of these that I bought which is just over there, for the Acer computer which you will also see me unbox later on.
And one thing that I really like about these speakers is that they combine audio and power into one cable which is the USB. And even now if you type in USB speakers on Amazon or something, which is where I got these, you will get a lot that come up with USB power but not USB audio as well, and I really do like these because you don’t get any of that interference, like if sometimes you’ve got your phone or something near the speakers they can often make a weird noise if you get a text message or something, so they’re good for that, which is why I like USB combined cable.
Now next is the keyboard. We’ve got two of these Microsoft keyboards which as soon as I saw them I pretty much knew I wanted it, because it’s a sculpt ergonomic desktop keyboard, USB wireless. So you can already see that there’s sort of like a curve on that, which the number pad separate and a different kind of mouse there.
So we’ll just unbox this. Right, it comes with this thing on top, just to protect it really. So you can see the keyboard just straight away there, yeah it’s got a really good curve on that, you can definitely see that there in the camera.
So that’s the keyboard there. It come’s with another protective layer, the stand, which I’ll just show you in a second and a whole bunch of user manuals, that’s just showing you how the transmitter thing works, safety guides and all sorts, warranty, product guide is all there.
Don’t think there is anything under there. Then we’ve got the mouse. The mouse has not got any protection on it which I don’t really like, because I can actually already see some scratches on that mouse, quite some big scratches actually.
So I’m not very happy about that. We’ll see, might have to get a replacement or something, I’d rather not have any scratches or anything on that. We’ve got the separate number pad which I really like.
So basically the idea is obviously that you can have the pad next to that then the mouse over here. And it’s all really sort of been changed to fit to your hands. Because your hands are more naturally like that, than they are like that on a straight keyboard, they’re more naturally like that which is what this keyboard is trying to do sort of with that curve up because your hands are also on a slant rather than like that as well.
Then obviously the number pad is good that you can move that around. Then this has also been sort of changed to fit the shape of your hand more, because your hand is more naturally like that, than like that, you’re actually using muscle to stretch that out there.
So it’s just more relaxing sort of like that. Other features on the keyboard are the blue keys up here. So what use to be mainly F1, F2, F3, the function keys, they’re now primarily the pause, play, mute, volume up, volume down, search, settings or the sort of keys like that.
As long as you’ve got the switch over here on blue. But then you can change that across to white just by clicking that whatever way you want, and it will then activate the function keys. So as I was saying with the stand, if you want, you can, lift that up there and clip that into there, and it’s actually magnetic so it just falls into place like that and won’t move there, so if you want it at more of an up angle, if you prefer it like that.
I don’t really know what I prefer so I’ll give both a try and see which one I like. Then finally with the mouse, as I was saying it’s got more of that natural feel. It’s also got a windows button on it there, it’s also got a hot key button, programmable button there, scroll wheel, it also goes to the left and right if you want that.
On and off button on the bottom and another magnetic feature is that this comes off. I need to pull that out for the batteries to work. Transmitter in there to plug into your computer, which is also magnetic, it just falls into place there, and then that just clips into place like that which is magnetic.
As well as the bottom of this keyboard which I didn’t show, you pull that back there, that is magnetic as well. So it’s a really good modern keyboard, the only thing that I’ve actually just seen that’s disappointing already is the fact that this is scratched.
As everything else has protection on it, over the sides and over this, but this doesn’t so that’s quite disappointing. But like I said we’ve got two lots of these keyboard and mice, so one of them will be for the Acer computer and one of them will be for the Dell computer.
Like I keep saying that’ll all become clearer. DAN: So this is the microphone stand to replace the current one in the set up and this one comes with a shockmount for the microphone to go in and also a built in XLR cable as you will see as I expand this out, as that goes out like this, see the XLR cable on one end there and also on the other end here.
And also you have the- the shockproof mount as it has elastic strings inside so its sort of flexes inside as obviously that makes it shockproof. I’m not quite sure what this last piece is, I think it’s a mount to mount the actual arm onto the desk.
JACK: Right, so next up is the Behringer microphone mixer, sort of a sound mixer, which is what the microphone will be plugged into, which also happens to be a Behringer. This is the manual I assume then in that packet.
Then here you’ve got the plug in another packet and a protection there, it’s quite a long wire, sorry that’s the power pack there, that one there, and that’s the plug which then goes into the back of the board.
Then obviously finally there is a sound board, it’s pretty small but I don’t need it to be that big because the reason I’m really using this is for microphone just to be plugged into. So this was also from Amazon, and that’s it there, so the microphone gets plugged into there, and the power cable get plugged into the microphone, and master volume and headphone if you want to plug those in and other line ins at the top there.
Yeah so that’s the sound mixer. Now it’s another Behringer product the microphone, as I just mentioned so it comes in this plastic case if you want to transport it anywhere. Manuals and safety stuff again.
So it just clips at the top there, and open up, that’s the wrong way. DAN: That does have a really nice case here. JACK: It is a nice case, yeah, cool foam and that’s the microphone there itself. It’s the C-1 and it’s sort of a gold colour which is a bit disappointing considering the box shows a silver colour and so does it online, so it’s a bit of a disappointment that, but it’ll be fine, I did try to return it but I got gold again so I guess that’s just the colour.
It’s actually- it’s official colour is pearl I found out, which I wouldn’t even say is this colour but it’s close enough and I don’t know what that is, a screw for in there to attach to the shockmount.
So that’s the microphone there in that nice case. DAN: Here we get into the more exciting stuff now as we get through to the computer’s, the fancy gaming keyboards, the monitors and all the good stuff.
JACK: So this is the Duronic splitter one by two, which supports HD and 3D so quite pleased about the 3D part because my monitors do support 3D so I’m going to be trying that out. So it comes with casing and stuff.
The plug, it does need a power supply unfortunately with this, which will be fine, just plug it into the wall and into that. So one signal goes out and it splits that into two on the other side there.
So the reason I have this is because of this, the AVerMedia Extreme Cap U3 capture card. Now if you don’t know already I use Fraps to record all my gaming stuff, so FSX, for you guys. But it unfortunately reduces your frame rate, which is why I’ve gone for one of these a capture card which does not reduce your frame rate.
But unfortunately, this capture card, this particular one, does need one of these HDMI splitter, because it’s only got one HDMI here on the back. So that is a bit annoying how you have to spend about an extra £14 for this but that is obviously what you have to do.
So this capture card also comes on the back with a USB 3.0 out, which is quite good, that it transfers the- anything that you record really quickly back to your computer by 3.0. And you’ve got all the cables in the back, I don’t know what these are but I’m not going to use them, I have seen them online but don’t really know what they are.
Then that’s the wire there so, USB 3.0, to transfer everything, all the gaming stuff that you capture straight back to your computer really quickly. And then that’s the quick guide there. So that’s everything in there.
DAN: Alright so here as we move on, this is the most expensive product so far, obviously there’ll all be more, but so far this is the most expensive product in the video. JACK: So this is the Samsung 850 Pro by Samsung which is 512GB solid state drive.
It’s actually really small which I was expecting but you just think for the price, it actually feels quite cheap if I’m honest, but that’s that. This will be going into the Alienware computer. This has been absolutely glued onto the back of this thing.
Dan you work away with that. So it already comes with a 512GB, but I’m adding in another one for things like gaming and stuff but during the set up part I’ll tell you what each hard drive is going to be for and everything like that.
So that’s there and that’s a sata connection in there. And in this envelope, you get an instillation guide, some stickers if you want to stick those on the front of your PC or on the back or whatever, you know like those sort of Intel stickers that say Intel Inside, it’s the same sort of thing.
A disk, Samsung solid state drive one stall- one stop install navigator and manual software, and the warranty. So onto the Alienware stuff. Three Alienware things that I bought in addition to the computer.
This first one is the headset which comes in a big box, loads of information on the back there. Dan you can take that away. Go into the box, and then that’s the headset right there, yeah it’s an alright box I think, nothing wrong with it, just take that out.
DAN: It looks really nice. Kind of like velvet covered plastic there. JACK: So in the back you get some Chinese warranty thing, some more Chinese warranty stuff. So that’s the connection there obviously, for microphone and audio because it has got a microphone built in as well onto this thing, it’s got a little flick there for volume and high, low and off, I think that’s what it says.
Its a bit- it’s a fabric sort of feeling wire, it’s not like an ordinary- DAN: Like a braided cable. JACK: Yeah, so that’s audio, microphone there. And it’s actually got these things, I’m not even sure what this is for – ah, it’s just extension wires actually, so if you want it shorter you can have it like that, if you want it longer you can add on the wires like that and have an even longer cable.
Now let’s just get this out of the box. DAN: While Jack’s doing that I just have to say, the box does look really nice with this reflective sort of like high- hexagons really showing like alien. JACK: Yeah it’s a shine and a matte in different places sort of thing.
It’s also got an Alienware head there just adding the branding on. So this is the headset really, I’ll take that plastic off later. Yeah it looks alright. These cost me I think, about £65 I think, I can’t even remember.
The mouse might of been that actually, I’m not sure I can’t remember. But yeah, I didn’t buy these from Alienware themselves as you can find them cheaper elsewhere. And they look- it’s got a really nice sort of foam- yeah so they look comfy and everything.
And it’s got the microphone which I like how that slides out like that, though I don’t really like the look of that but yeah, that slides back in. So that’s that, that’s the headset there. DAN: Okay so we’re back and we’ve changed the camera to front facing camera on iPhone 6 because the other camera ran out of battery and added an extra light because it’s a bit dark.
JACK: Right, so moving on with the Alienware stuff. This is the Alienware mouse, still following that hexagon sort of shine and matte feel there, and loads of information on the back. Then the Alienware logos there as well, and you open it up and you’ve got the mouse in a packet there with the safety manual and regulations and all that stuff there and the Alienware disk for the command centre, keyboard control interface, mouse control interface and all that stuff.
That is keyboard and mouse it said on there so that’s that. Then the actual mouse itself, it’s actually got an Alienware sticker there which is actually pretty cool to seal it so that’s pretty good, that’s just sealing the packet there.
Then as the same for headphones, you normally see that the mouse sort of has that fabric feel. What did you call that? DAN: Braided. JACK: Braided yeah. Protector on the USB, plastic protector there, small bit of instructions saying to make sure you put in the disk after you’ve plugged it in.
Then there’s the mouse itself, it’s a matte sort of feel on the mouse, so it’s not a shiny sort of mouse. And it’s just got that bit of plastic there. And it does light up this mouse as well, on the Alienware head and the buttons along there.
It’s got quite a few buttons on the side, up and down, scroller left and right as well, as well as the obvious click. It sort of fits quite well into your hand, probably not as much as the Microsoft keyboard that you saw earlier but still fits quite nice.
Click, I don’t actually really like that, it’s a bit sort of too high click, it just annoys me, but yeah. Some buttons on the back, the profile and the dual mode scroll, I’m not actually sure what that does but I’ll figure it out later during the set up.
So that’s the mouse there, it’s got quite a nice feel to it, although it’s not on a mouse mat it does go across quite nicely and yes, so that’s the TactX mouse. Okay so next we’ve got the next Alienware item, which is also the TactX range with the keyboard.
And still with the same pattern and the hexagon things there, if I just slide that out. More information on the back there. Alienware logo again, so they’re all keeping the same sort of system to it. So there it is, the TactX keyboard, again with the disk for mouse and keyboard, safety and regulation things.
And that’s the keyboard there, it is a mechanical keyboard so it’s got that more soft touch sort of thing. Its actually got two USB’s on it, no idea why, this one does light-up as well, this keyboard, it’s the TactX one so it does light up.
More Alienware head stickers. Now the reason I’ve actually bought this keyboard and mouse from Alienware is because if you are in the UK you do not get a free Alienware keyboard and mouse, like you do in America, don’t know why that is, but unfortunately that is how it is.
You have to buy extra ones, you don’t have to buy the Alienware obviously, any keyboard will obviously work with the computer, but I liked the look of them so I went for them. So it has got a nice touch on it, and everything white on the keys, including the letters and numbers themselves and the edges, all light up to what ever colour you want really using the Alien FX software.
You’ve got programmable buttons down the side there, six of those. More programmable buttons along the top there, four there, switch there, don’t know what that does, like I say, I’ll figure all the other stuff out later on in the set-up part.
More hot keys along the top for pausing and playing and volume and stuff. Mute button there, which I actually find quite useful because I use the mute probably the most out of all hot keys, so that’s good how it’s not part of this and that’s just easy and quick to press.
Alienware head, that’s not a button or anything that’s just the logo, and a keypad and everything there. And it’s obviously a big keyboard, you’ve got all the spaces between the different sections like that.
And then you’ve got the protectors on the USB’s and a little instruction thing to say plug it in before- plug it in and then put the disk in, and then that, so the two USB’s so that’s it really there.
Then we’ve got this, right so it’s not – it’s not actually a stand up thing it just extends it out for you to rest your wrists on there and type on that. So I like the keyboard, it’s really good, nothing wrong with it as far as I can see, but I’ll test it all out later and tell you about it then.
Okay, so moving on, I had to zoom out a bit for this one because it’s so big. These are the Logitech Surround Sound Speaker System; the code is the Z506. So I’ll start off with this item here, which is a Bluetooth adaptor which actually came with it, it was a really short deal on Amazon for like an hour if you had Amazon Prime, where if you buy this which is worth £18 then you get this for £20 off, so I ended up getting that for about £40 and this for free, which was a really lucky deal.
You alright Dan? DAN: Yeah, I’m just giving the camera a cheeky wink. JACK: Okay, I think you can cut that, there you go. So if you’re wondering what this is, it is the basically sort of adaptor that you plug into the speakers to make it Bluetooth so you can control the music and volume and all that from your phone.
So that’s the actual adaptor part right there, with all that sort of casing stuff on it. This is the power part of it, so you just plug that in to the wall and plug that into the back of it. And then the audio cables themselves, so those two there, the white and the red, go into the back of those as it is white and red, and then you’ve got the 3.
5 mm jack to plug in to your speakers or whatever or if you were doing party chain, you’d plug the jack into there or whatever it depends on what you want to do really. Instruction manual and I assume that’s just the safety stuff so that’s that there.
And then onto the speakers themselves, Dan’s very kindly just unwrapped it from the plastic. So when you first open it you’ve got this sort of instruction manual here actually printed onto the box just to show you where everything connects into what exactly which is quite useful.
And on the top here, this bit here, you’ve got the instruction manuals and stuff. Then you fold that over, I think that lifts out, it does, so this all comes out, in two separate lots there. So these are the audio cables it looks like, I don’t know what they’re for really because they actually come on to the microphones themselves.
This is the face subwoofer here, plastic protection on there which I will take off in the set-up. The reason you’ve probably noticed me not taking off all of the plastic protection is because I’m actually not doing the set-up here for another couple of days so it is just to make sure they don’t get damaged in that time.
Yeah, so on the back of here we’ve got all the different ports and whatever for plugging in the speakers and the power and the base adjuster there. Then we’ve got the power cable itself, which plugs into the back of that, into there.
Audio cables like I said. Then here we’ve got the actual speakers themselves, which do seem to be labelled. This one is the centre speaker because this is the landscape sort of one which lays down, so that’s that one which goes in the middle there, with that cable on the back which goes into obviously the green cable there that says centre.
So they’re all colour coded so you know that the green goes into the green on there, that says centre just to reassure you as well. It’s a good long length of cable there so should be plenty from going from there to here.
Then we’ve got the next four speakers all in this section. So, I’ll just unbox- unpack each one of them so you can see what it looks like, that’s it there. It’s got a nice design to it, it’s got a base on the back there as well for each individual speaker as well as obviously the actual speaker themselves at the front, and again a long cable and colour coded so the black here goes into the black on the back here that says front left, so that also means you just immediately know where to put it, this one goes front left.
So that’s that really, they’re the four speakers with the middle one and the base, which I’ll most likely be putting under my desk because I probably don’t have room on top for the base, but all of these will be going on top, as well as the other speakers that you saw me unbox earlier.
Right moving on to the next lot of stuff. This is the first monitor that I’m going to open, the 21.5-inch Acer. So this monitor is 8 millisecond response time and 60 hertz refresh rate. So just open it up here.
So we’ve got the monitor stand there and Dan’s just taking out the power cable there. DAN: power cable. JACK: Got something else here, that’s the European power cable, they must obviously sell these in Europe.
And it comes with a VGA cable there which I won’t be using, I’ll be using HDMI. Then that’s the power pack for the power cord, instruction manual there, and the, what is this? oh right that’s part of the monitor that will go onto there, part of the stand.
Then just lift out the monitor, so this is the monitor here. It pretty much looks like the same monitor that I’ve got now, which you’ll see later on in this video, it’s just basically, the only difference is it’s smaller, it doesn’t have mounting – a way to mount it up on the wall and it doesn’t have HDMI, sorry I am going to be using that cable, don’t know why I said I wouldn’t, but it doesn’t have HDMI for this which is a bit of a disappointment but you’ll see what this monitors going to be used for, it’s just a small one that I’m going to be sort of using for everyday computing really.
I’ve never actually had a 21-inch monitor, I’ve only ever had 24 ones, so we’ll see what it’s like to go down to this one. But this is just going to be connected to an Acer computer which we’ll be unboxing in a few minutes.
So that is the monitor. Right, next monitor is the Acer 24 inch monitors, same design really only difference visually is that fact that the base is red and obviously that they’re 24 inches. But they’re a lot better because it’s got a 1 millisecond response time and it’s a 144 hertz and it supports 3D and if you’ve got an Nvidia graphics card, certain Nvidia graphics card, which the Alienware does.
So I’ve got three of these and all three will be connected to the Alienware Area 51, using extended display, which is what I do know what my laptop but only on two displays so it’s even more different to have three.
So first of all there is another VGA cable just like the last monitor, let’s just move this back a bit, a DVI cable definitely wasn’t expecting that, a UK power cord, I’m going to guess a Europe power cord which it is, the power pack there, part of the stand, part of the stand for the monitor, packaging, then we’ve got manuals and disk in there, and then we’ve got the actual face plate stand part which as I was saying this will just go onto that to stand it.
But I actually will not be using this because it will be mounted up on the wall as I was showing the monitor mounts earlier. So, I’ll just take that out, move that away Dan the box. So this is it here.
Screen protector thing there. So that’s what it is, that’s what it looks like there, a lot bigger. And on the back it does come with the wall mount things along with the DV- sorry HDMI there, and it also comes with a speaker that’s what it looks which, which I didn’t know that they had speakers, it looks like it’s built in but I’m not sure I’ll confirm that later for you.
So there it is there. So this is the last thing before we get down to the Area 51 unboxing. So this is the Acer computer I’ve already mentioned it a few times in this episode. It’s basically going to be my sort of everyday using computer, it’s almost the cheapest one I could find and it’s got pretty low specs because I’m not really worried about it.
As you will notice, I am a teenager so I still go to school and stuff so I’ll be doing schoolwork and stuff on that- on this one, and using the Alienware and my current Dell laptop as the gaming sort of things over on the other side of my room where I do my Jack’s FSX Videos stuff and other gaming.
So, quick user manual there for turning it on. This is the warranty. Then at the top here we have a mouse which I did not actually know a mouse was coming with it so pretty pleased about that, but I’m not going to be using it so I’m not actually that bothered but it comes with a mouse there.
There’s the power cord. DAN: Might be a keyboard somewhere in there as well. JACK: Yes, there might be. Power pack, I wasn’t actually expecting that because I’d expect that to be inside the computer but I guess they didn’t do that.
Look’s like there is a keyboard. DAN: Ah, here we go. JACK: A pretty small keyboard but still better than nothing, comes in Styrofoam – sorry bubble wrap. There manual thingy, keyboard, and it’s a pretty small, basic keyboard, USB connection obviously, it’s actually alright keys though, yeah pretty small, basic keyboard there, like I said I’m not going to be using it because I’ve got the Microsoft Sculpt keyboard for this.
Then here’s the actual computer itself. So it’s a pretty small desktop computer, like I just said, just to- just for everyday computing so it didn’t need to be anything powerful or anything. The specs of it, it’s an Intel Celeron, not sure on the gigahertz but it’s got a terabyte in there, 4GB of RAM and that’s pretty much the main three specs there.
It’s got an integrated graphics card so nothing special or anything like that. It comes with Windows 8.1 but I’m going to upgrade that to Windows 10 because I pretty much prefer that. So it does look nice, definitely I’d say.
What do you think Dan? DAN: I do think it looks really pretty, you know, with the brushed aluminium kind of look. JACK: So that’s the computer there, like I said for everyday kind of computing. It doesn’t come with a DVD drive or anything and that’ll be plugging into the 21.
5-inch monitor. Okay so the last thing that we’re going to open before the Alienware is this desk. So I got this form IKEA 200 cm desk here. It’s not actually brown, that’s just the covering of it, in case you can’t tell, it’s actually black which you will see in a second on the smaller desk, which is 100 cm long.
So these are the legs for them, which I’ll just open quickly, I’ll just open one of them just to show you what they’re like, so you can just sort of see that there. Then we’ve got this part which will screw on the top like that, and obviously then screw onto the desk, it’s as simple as that really.
It comes with screws and that’s really it for the legs. Sorry about the shine on that there. DAN: it’s got plastic on it. JACK: Yeah, its got a plastic over on there. That’s the colour of the big desk as well and basically they’re just going to join together to make a 300 cm desk.
So this smaller desk here is the one that’s going to have the Acer computer on there, and then this bigger desk here is the one that’s going to have the Alienware with the five monitors part of that there.
So that’s the desk and now we’ll move onto the Alienware. Right and now for the moment that probably most of you have been waiting for, the unboxing of the Alienware Area-51. And you’ve probably been wondering how much does this cost and how much did everything else that we’ve been unboxing cost so far.
Well this computer alone, from the Alienware website, cost about £3000, I think it’s just a bit over that but more or less. And everything else on top of that cost about £600, bringing the total to around about £3600, US conversion rate to dollar on your screen.
So I’m going to open up this, I know there’s an accessories box at the top, there is a load of padding and there is a computer as well. So, got the knife, and we’re just going to open this up. So also what I forgot to mention on the box is that they do have their Alienware logo out round there, and Alienware written along the side there.
So this is essentially the accessories box, so I’ll just open that up. It’s a really big accessories box considering there’s basically nothing inside, because if you can just see that there, there’s a massive gap there, which Dan will point out.
DAN: Just here. JACK: Which is where the standard non-TactX keyboard would go for those in America, where they get a free keyboard and a free mouse But because I live in the UK that is not the case, you do not get one so it’s just an empty gap there.
So what you get inside this accessories box is the quick start guide, which I’ll just show up close to the camera there, so that’s the quick start guide there with everything inside which I’ll just quickly show across, in case you want to pause it at any point and have a further read, and on the other side as well is these points along here, so you can read about what everything is, like that there.
So that’s the quick start manual. Then we’ve got the, I assume warranty or something here, safety and- safety information booklet there which I don’t really think you’ll want to see and then the resource CD for the Alienware Area-51 R2, that’s that there.
Then we’ve got the what looks like VGA- sorry a DVI to VGA adaptor just there, in case obviously you want to use VGA wires but there isn’t any on the machine unfortunately, but I won’t be needing that either because I’m using HDMI.
Then we have what looks like graphics card cables, though I’m not entirely sure, not available when using the second 400W graphics cards, so it must be four graphics cards, there’s two wires there for that.
And finally we’ve got the UK plug which has got a really big connection on there for plugging in to the computer, really big, because this computer has the 1500- watt power supply so obviously does need that there for powering it.
If we go in further we have some triangular sort of specially made packaging for the Alienware which is pretty good and it actually what I’ve just noticed, has got an Alienware head in there for just added branding and effect.
More specially made packaging, which just goes onto the top of the PC and then that’s just the actual PC there. But an easy way to get this out, which a lot of people actually don’t know or realise, it not to pull it out from the top and trying to lift it out, is to take out these bits here, because I’ve seen it a lot on YouTube is to take these out.
Then this whole box, because once you’ve unsealed it at the bottom, which I did earlier, the whole thing slides up and then you’ve got the Alienware there, and there it is. DAN: And there it is. JACK: So that’s the Alienware.
So, like the packaging, if you just want to know what it looks like just sat on there like that. So that is the Alienware PC there. I’ll bring in a closer shot in just a second but I’ll just quickly walk you through it before I take it out the box.
So at the back here, we have different ports obviously which like I said, I’ll show you in detail soon, power supply at the bottom, all the HDMI, DVI and display ports at the back there, also graphics card 1 and graphics card 2.
There isn’t third graphics card in this computer though, because these are two 980 TI’s, so I’ll got through all the specs soon. So yeah, it’s also got lighting at the back there, LED lighting, which turn off automatically if you want to use that.
And then at the front, we’ve got a DVD or CD drive, headphones, microphones, USB, SD card and the power button is the Alienware head. And also in the box is a stabiliser, stabiliser here which just screws on to the bottom of the computer just to keep it stable on the ground.
So I’ll now show you a closer up shot of the computer. Right so now here’s a close up of the front of the PC. So I’m just going to quickly explain to you what each thing is. So the first thing, is the Alienware logo which is the head of the Alienware which is actually the power button as well, which I think is a really cool design feature.
Then we’ve got the DVD and CD drive, with the button at the top there, it just goes in automatically if you put the disk obviously near it. Then further down we’ve got the microphone and headphone port, headphone is the one above it, microphone is the one below.
And then further down we’ve got the two USB’s I think they’re 3.0 according to the manual, though they’re not actually blue but I think that’s just to not mix colours in the front. And then we’ve got an SD card reader at the bottom.
Okay, so here’s a close up of the back of the PC, just showing you all the ports there and everything. And I’ll now just explain what each thing is individually. So at the top there are two sort of switches that Dan’s just pointing out, which open up the two side panels of the PC.
Then in the middle is the unlock switch. So this is a first time thing, which you’ll see me doing in a second. There’s a little screw below that switch that if you unscrew that lock will automatically slide to the left and then you can use the two side switches on either side, which Dan is just pressing there.
Then below, we’ve got on the top left there, top left, is the LED light switch but on and off, so Dan just presses that and those come on, I think there’s two LED’s behind there which just light up that panel there.
Then we’ve got four USB’s, 2.0’s which are black there. An Ethernet just on the right there. Then if we go further down, we’ve got the four USB 3.0’s. And then further down than that we’ve got an optical port and some audio ports all round there.
Then onto the first graphics card, which I won’t bother explaining the second one because it’s the exact same, we’ve got a display port on the first left, then another display port, then a HDMI then a display port and then the DVI.
And then like I said, that’s exactly the same below with a protector that comes off and on there, which just keeps it safe during transport. Then finally right at the bottom we’ve got the power cable, which just goes into there, to obviously power the entire machine.
And that’s pretty much the whole back and there’s obviously a fan at the top there which you can see which obviously draws out the hot air. Okay so now I’m just going to show you what you need to do to make sure that these flaps sort of switches unlock to release the side panel.
You just need a really small screwdriver, this size is pretty much perfect, and there’s a small screw in there that you just need to obviously unscrew and then right there that switch has just automatically gone over to the left.
You can take that screw out, you never need it again really, unless you plan on transporting it somewhere and you want to make sure these side panels definitely stay on. And then you can just lift those up, and then they pop open like that and close just as easy really to that.
So that’s all you have to do to get those open. So we’ll now have a look inside the computer as I tell you the specs which are also in the description. Okay so I’m now just going to ope up the computer on the left side first, which is where most of the stuff is.
So you can just pull up the handle there and then that pops open and then it just comes off like that. And one thing that you will notice is because there is LED lights on the side here, three LED lights, there is a passive connector there and on the side of this panel here, just there, which ensure that the LED lights don’t need to be manually connected up again which you are disk connecting the side panel.
So this is the inside of the computer. Best not to touch it if you’re not grounded with an anti-static wrist band etc. So start off with the CPU, that CPU, the exact model I can’t remember so it’s on your screen now, and that is over clocked to 3.
9GHz, and I think the base frequency is 3.5, but I’ll put all of that on your screen and in the description. Then we’ve got four memory- RAM chips there each 8GB DDR4, so that’s obviously a total of 32.
Got two graphics cards here, which are GeForce GTX 980 Ti’s each having 6GB’s. Then we’ve got the power supply, which is a 1.5 Kilowatt power supply. And then that’s pretty much it for this side of the case.
So we’ve got liquid cooling as well which I just forgot to mention there for the CPU. And it’s got intake fans here to intake cool air and then a radiator back there to take out all of the hot air. And then once you’re done looking inside you can just place the panel back on like that and it’s just as easy as that.
So now I’ll show you the other side of the PC. Alright then, to open up the next side. Because this is the side which holds all the hard drives and optical drives. So, same thing, just lift up that switch, it comes off like that.
And then it reveals the inside of the computer. So you can see it’s got three different slots, three different spaces for hard drives and two spaces for solid state drives as well as a optical drive up there, I think that’s dual layer drive in there.
It comes with a 4 terabyte WD green drive, and Samsung A50 pro 512GB, this specific model did, the one that I chose. Like I said I’m going to be putting in an extra drive, an extra solid state drive into there.
And I won’t be adding in any extra hard drives for now, because I think 4 terabytes is plenty. The only thing I was disappointed about is the fact that this is a WD green drive rather than a WD black drive, which I would expect for this computer, because I don’t think 5400 RPM is really the best that they could do for this computer.
Also one thing that I do like is that it comes with all these cables here ready to be put into the next hard drive you’re going to install in it. So you don’t need to buy cables on top of that, it all comes wired up already to put them in.
And it’s all labelled as well, it says HDD 3, its obviously hard disk drive 3, along with SSD and everything there, and the ODD there, so that’s it for this side. So you can just then put on the panel, just as easy as the other side, as long as you line it up correctly at the bottom it’ll just slot back in like that.
Okay so me and Dan are now here, okay Dan, and we’re now going to be installing the Samsung A50 pro 512GB solid state drive into the computer. So we’ve already opened up the panel here, as you can see it’s open.
And I’ve got these four screws to put it in, because if you’ve got this computer and you’ve brought one of these then you won’t have any screws so remember to buy or get screws from somewhere. So also remember that we have an anti-static mat so it’s important to get one of these if you’re going to be doing any installation or touching the insides of your computer.
So that’s obviously the inside there, and we’ve also just got an anti-static wrist band on, there’s Dan’s, which are then clipped, these are clipped, just to the casing of the PC as is the anti-static mat, using this wire just round here.
So first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to unplug this one and take out all the mounting and stuff because it’s impossible to to screw some of the stuff in there, because things like this are in the way.
So we have to take out the whole mounting bracket, put this in, screw it in with a screwdriver obviously and then put it all back into the computer, plug everything else in using these ones which are quite good, like I was saying before, how they’ve put the wires in ready to be plugged into anything you might use.
So let’s get started. Right, so I’m just going to unplug these one’s first. So this is the HDD sata 4, Dan will remember that. DAN: HDD sata 4. JACK: And the power 4 is also in that one. So we can just unscrew that there.
Right we’ve got a different screwdriver now because the last one was too small in getting that out. Right so I’ve taken out that first screw there and then that plate, that whole plate just slides to the left and comes right out like that, so it’s nice and easy so get the solid state drive out there.
By screwing this into the mounting bracket as well, so you can see that there’s some holes there as this mounting bracket is designed for two- for two drives. So this one is also a Samsung SSD and it is also 512GB like I was saying, but it doesn’t actually mention whether it’s the A50 pro or not, so a bit annoyed about that, but anyway I’ve got it now.
So I will now attach this into there, you just sort of have to make sure you get that lined in right as it will be quite tight getting that in and you have to obviously make sure the screws are lined up with the holes as they will not actually sit on top of each other nicely, they do have a gap between them, between the two drives there as you can see.
And I’ve just realised I’ve put that in the wrong way round, it’s meant to be that way round, obviously make sure the two connectors are the right way round, and then do the exact same thing. Obviously you need four screws for this, then just screw those into there like that.
Right, so once they’re all in, just finally make sure that they’re all tight, just as the other ones should be, and sometimes they can get a little bit loose if you’re moving the bracket around so obviously also make sure they are fully tight.
Right so then you put the whole bracket back in again, slide it into place. Then get that screw from before, it’s just one screw that keeps it into place. And then connect the cables up again, so we’ve got four DAN: Yeah, four and four for the first one.
JACK: Unfortunately, that is actually really tight to get round, I’m just going to have to put it round the other way. After just struggling with that just for a couple of minutes, we’ve just managed to get everything lined up like that, then we can safely unclip everything and reattach the panel into place.
Then that is everything done. We are now just turning on the computer for the first time. United Kingdom, United Kingdom, This keyboard has lit up. So we’re just basically going through all the boring stuff here, just setting up Wi-Fi, we’ll set up the user in a second I’m sure.
‘Hi. We’re setting things up for you. Getting Critical Updates’. Right so while that just does that for a second, basically I’ll just show you the keyboard here, you can see that is lit up there just in the background, so is the mouse.
DAN: And it turns on with the JFV colours as well. JACK: Yeah it’s very close to the Jack’s FSX Videos colours, if we just move over here as well, the Alienware head. Right there’s nothing on the sides yet.
It’s doing something. So the reason we’re just using a camera to record the screen is because this is the first time this computer’s comes on so it obviously doesn’t have anything installed on it. So, ‘your Microsoft account opens a world of benefits.
Sign in for your personal experience’. I’m just going to sign into my account. I’m very not use to this keyboard, I’m actually quite a fast typer but obviously not on this, I’ll have to get used to it.
Here we are. ‘Set up a PIN’, why not, look away Dan. We’re good Dan, we’re good. ‘Get your files’, yeah, why not. Cortana, yeah. ‘To receive the best support’ click yes’ yeah. No don’t want any of that.
Yeah, I don’t mind that. DAN: Select your country or region is that just JACK: Yeah so the keyboard and mouse worked straight away on this computer, you don’t actually need the disk. Which is good, I suppose that’s just in case the drives get uninstalled somehow and you need to reinstall them, just as a bac- up sort of thing.
Now I should probably mention at this point that I will actually be installing Windows 7 onto this computer. There you go, so as you can see Windows 10 is currently on and it’s all up and running now.
So, oh somethings loading, wondering what’s happening. Something has happened, but I don’t know what. I can just see already that that’s faster than my laptop, just even opening documenting and stuff.
Also a cool alien background there. It also comes with Steam built in which I’ve just noticed at the bottom there, because Alienware and Steam are in a partnership, which is why they’ve actually recently in the last week or something from when I filmed this episode come out with an Alienware/Steam console or something, I’m not sure exactly what it is but yeah.
So that’s the set-up video, but you should see more shots of the computer there later on in the set-up part of the video. And like I was saying before I’m going to be installing Windows 7 on this, simply because FSX doesn’t really work well on Windows 10 really, it works far better on Windows 7, so I’m going to be installing Windows 7 onto here, which you’ll see later, which I’m actually quite disappointed about because I like the look of Windows 10 and stuff and I would like to use it on this.
And I’ll be upgrading to Windows 10 on the Acer and Dell laptop so that’s it really and we’ll be carrying on the rest of the renovations part and set-up part in a couple of days, and Dan will be back for that as well.
Hello and welcome to day two of the Jack’s FSX Videos set-up video for The Ultimate Gaming Set-Up and the unboxing of the Alienware Area-51 and 40 other products. So on the last day, the last day that you saw, we did all the unboxing of the products and I showed you everything, including the Alienware and now on day two, Dan’s here again, wearing the Jack’s FSX Videos t-shirt, available in grey as well, also coming soon, and we’re going to be doing sort of like DIY sort of stuff here.
My dad and Dan is actually going to be doing most of it, because my dad knows how to do a lot of it and Dan’s just interested in doing it and I’m not, so they’re going to be doing most of it. A lot of it’s actually going to be in time-lapse, fast-forward whatever you want to call it and that’ll be for most of this DIY part of the video, then after that, once we’ve set everything up along the desk, which is going to go along here behind me, we’re then going to be doing the set-up, so wiring everything up and plugging everything in and turning everything on, putting all the monitors up and stuff.
So that’ll be after this DIY section which Dan is kitted out for and ready to do. So we’ve already taken out the old stuff as you can see, there use to be a desk along here, which I’m now going to show you in a second, my old set-up, but we’ve taken all that out and we’re now going to set-up the new stuff.
So here’s my old set-up. Right, so that was my old set-up there, and like I said, that use to be there, we’re now putting in the new stuff and here is day two. DAN: So basically we’ve got to take the draws apart, because the draws don’t just come out on their own, you have to unscrew and take them out so we can screw the desk on the top to keep them straight so they don’t slide out.
As we use these draws as substitution for a leg. I’m trying to fit the bracket for the cable management thing into the bottom of the desk. Awesome. JOHN: Did you hit the metal? DAN: No, I was just leaning against there Okay so we’ve got the monitors here and we’re going to get these, the wall mounts and we’re going to put them onto the back of the monitors so we can put them up to the wall and mark on the wall where we’re going to be placing them.
So we’re going to get that started now. JACK: Alright we’re now in a dilemma in putting up the top two monitors as this hole on the left is, sorry both of them, are too far over to the right which means that monitors cross over each other and cannot sit into place there, this one cannot sit into place properly.
So we’re just making the hole bigger and taking off this top bit here, and we’re just making the hole at the top there bigger so we can move it over slightly instead of re-drilling the holes, because obviously we wouldn’t be able to because it’ll be in pretty much the same place just moved over a few millimetres.
So we’re just waiting for that right now and that’s the last monitor to go up. JACK: Okay, so hopefully that’s now the DIY section almost completely finished. I think it pretty much is. The only thing I can think of is one wire which is going to need shortening there at the bottom which I’ll show you in a second.
So we’ve pretty much got all these monitors up into position now. We are actually just going to finalise them completely tomorrow morning, make sure they’re all in proper position. It’s taken about 10 hours to do today, not including a break, we had about an hour break in the middle of that.
And it’s taken about three people, although Dan did leave after about 7 hours I think he left, so it was three people for the first 7 hours and the last three was just two people. So that’s it, that’s the end of day two now, as I film this, it’s actually about 11 o’clock at night.
I’ll just show you now what this thing is, plugged in and already on and working. You’ve probably seen them before, most people have seen them before, whether because they’ve got them themselves or they’ve seen them on other YouTube’s videos.
They’re basically, if I just get round there, you can just about see those there, they’re LED lighting strips going all the way along the back there. And I’ll just show you them underneath, which will be better.
So they’re there as well, just going all the way along, along under there, they’re not going the desk for this side, simply because I didn’t have enough cable- enough LED’s to do that. I’ll show you the remote first actually, so that’s the remote there.
It looks pretty complicate but it’s really not. Basically you’ve got power obviously at the top there, then we’ve got these two buttons here are the brightness controls, all of that is colour there, then mainly the ones that I’ll be using down here, are the ‘jumps’ just jumps between lights, different colours of lights, fades between lights, those two, flash, you can speed up or slow down the flashing or fading or whatever you want.
So I’ll just turn it on, so you just point it over towards the transceiver- the receiver sorry, over there, and it just lights it up. So as I’ve said there’s one just pointing out behind the desk there and then there’s another one underneath there lighting all of that up.
And it just adds a sort of nice glow above and beneath the desk. That’s actually blue, it looks different in the camera screen but that is blue. I don’t know whether it looks blue to you guys after I’ve rendered it and stuff but that is blue.
You can just switch it between anything you want really, red which looks pink, orange. I say it looks pink and it looks the wrong colour but it actually is that colour in real life, green there, then we’ve got white, more white and stuff and yeah so that’s pretty much it.
We’ve also got a flash, where is it, there it is, a flash, you can speed the flash up I think, no I’m not sure if you can, there you go, so that’s sort of light strobe lighting effect. I probably wouldn’t use that much, then you’ve got the fade sort of thing, you can slow that up if you think that’s too fast and want a sort of calmer thing.
And yeah that’s basically it really, I’ll just turn those off for now. And that’s what those lighting is, so I’m going to have that on blue most of the time which will match the Alienware computer. But that is it for day two, pretty much DIY done and that’s it.
Unfortunately, Dan is not available to do day three which will actually be tomorrow, unlike day one which was a couple of days ago, therefore for the wiring and set-up part and for the testing and for the review, Dan unfortunately will not be able to make it.
However, he will be in the outro or the conclusion or whatever you want to call it, which is basically the ending of the episode, hopefully he’ll be here for that which maybe if he’s here for that we might be able to get a review in with him as well, so that’s it really, on to day three.
Okay so welcome to day three of The Ultimate Gaming Set-Up video and the unboxing of the Alienware Area-51 and 40 other products. So for the third day, you’ve already probably noticed that there isn’t Dan here today, as I said just on the last section there, on day two, that Dan probably wouldn’t be with us for the majority of today, which he isn’t, he can’t make it over unfortunately but all that will be happening is, he’ll just be missing out on the wires, hopefully that’ll be it.
Hopefully we’ll get him back for the review and the conclusion but in terms of set-up and everything, actually plugging everything in, unfortunately he will be missing that out. So the first thing I’m going to be doing for this part is actually setting up the computers themselves, the two computers and one laptop.
So that laptops actually going to go under the desk, I’ll show you it all in a second, just over there. And then I’m going to have the computer over here, the Alienware, and then the Acer computer over there.
So that’ll be the first thing we’ll do, then we’ll wire everything up and then we’ll go into the testing and then hopefully Dan should be here for the review and the outro but I don’t know yet so here’s day three.
Okay so the first thing we’re going to be bring in is the Alienware computer itself, so I’m just picking it up over here and placing it down there. Just also got to make sure there’re plenty of room at the back there for the cables that come out of there just to drop down back there, but that is pretty much it there in place.
It was originally going to go underneath the desk but I decided because I’ve got room for it on top to actually just put it on top. Plus then I just think it looks better and the fact that you can actually then see it instead of it being tucked away, considering I spent £3000 on this I’d rather have it out on display.
So yeah, that’s the Alienware there. Right so next we’ve got the Acer computer just there to just sit in there, in that corner there, and hopefully that’ll all be okay there, I might move it I don’t know yet.
And we’ve also got the cables for these here, so this one is the cable for the Alienware, then this is the cabling for the Acer, weirdly enough they put the power pack thing for this on the outside, usually computers put their power pack on the inside of the case, but they’ve obviously done this differently.
They’ve sort of made this like a portable thing as well because they’ve added this sort of cable tie here, but I don’t know why you’d be moving a computer around just generally. But yeah, that’s what they’ve done, I guess it’s just an added feature in case you do.
Like I’ve said I’ll just cable that up in a second. So I’ll just move the camera over now. Okay so I’m now just putting in the laptop, the Dell laptop, so this is sort of just a little stand thing. You didn’t see me unbox this because I’ve already had this which you would of seen earlier when I showed you the current set-up clip.
It’s just basically a laptop stand and you can have it where ever you want really and the laptop can just sit on top of their like that. And then you’ve got the wire here for it, and then this obviously just plugs in and into the wall, and like I said I’ll wire everything up for these in a second.
So that’s where the laptop goes, just there and it won’t be in the way because it wasn’t before and it’s got even more room, so it’ll be fine like that. Okay so I’ve now decided to just move this laptop just round to the side, simply because most of the outputs and inputs are along that side and just along that back corner there, so just easier if it all goes out that way.
Plus it’s easier to get to the DVD player, the headphone, microphone and one USB 3.0 and I think there’s another just back there. I also put the wire up into there, and if you’re already wondering if that just looks a bit of a mess it’s because it pretty much will do.
These cable racks, they’re not really designed to make everything look good, and that’s because I’m not really bothered about it looking good, as long as I can’t and it’s just all tucked up there then that’ll be fine for me.
Okay so now I’m going to open up the final sixth monitor, I did already open it up before the unboxing bit obviously I didn’t put it together so that’s just what I’m going to do now. Hopefully that’s just meant to sit on top of there, this one apparently doesn’t need a screw for this top section up here, apparently.
I’ll just take that off for now when I put the screw in in a second. I’m not really sure how it works but, there you go, because I’ve never had one of these ones. I don’t think this has got two on this monitor but there you go, we’ll find out.
Right so there’s the monitor, just set-up, and I’ll just screw that in and put it on the desk. Okay then I’ve just put that monitor up on the desk there. I think I’m going to have it this sort of off-set sort of thing, rather than straight on in front of me, because I do like that really for this sort of thing.
For gaming I do like it right in front of me but this is just for everyday computer and stuff so I do like that sort of off-set thing. So I’m just going to go and plug that all in and move on to getting all the visual wires put in, is the next step I think what I’m going to do.
Okay so now that I’ve got the monitor powered up and plugged in and the computers and everything, I’m just showing you what I’ve just done in the past few minutes. I’ve added on labels to all the plugs, I did this on the last set-up as well, and I’m doing it on this set-up.
So if I just zoom in there, you can just see that, that one there for example says ‘LED Lighting’ and then we’ve got more up here, one says ‘Acer’ so that’s the Acer computer and the other says ‘Monitor C1’, so they’ve all just been labelled up right now.
I’ll do it as I plug them in, I’m not going to leave it all until the end or anything, because then I might not know what certain things are. All this cable management on this side I’m actually going to leave until the end because it’s best for that sort of cable rack at the top that you just leave it all to the end rather than doing it as you’re going because it just seems to fall out.
But the other side I will be doing as I go along and that’s all tidy so far. So now I’m going to start plugging in all of the visual cables, so the HDMI’s and the VGA’s. Okay so just going to plug in the first cable which is a VGA cable, it has to be VGA for this one because this monitor only has VGA and DVI so I can’t use HDMI like the rest.
But this Acer computer only has HDMI so I’ve had to buy one of these, which is a HDMI to VGA adaptor, and hopefully it’ll work, if it doesn’t then I’ll try a different one, if it still doesn’t work then I’m a bit- I really wouldn’t know what to do to be honest actually.
So hopefully it’ll work though, so HDMI in the back of this one and VGA in the back of this one, screw those in. And there’s also little screws in the side of the VGA adaptor here so I’ll put those in as well just to make sure it’s all actually secured in properly, and once again, cable management, I’ll sort that out later, for now it can just hang back there.
So move onto the rest of the monitors now. Right so this is what we’re going to need for this side of the monitors. So I can just about get my head in there. This is the capture card that obviously we unboxed earlier with all the cables there.
So for connecting all of this stuff we are going to need this because obviously this uses HDMI and needs to be plugged in and stuff. So this VGA wire, as I was trying to explain before, like I said it would become clear in the set-up part of the video which it obviously will, that this one is going to be used for this monitor here, right side monitor if obviously you’re facing that way.
So the other monitor is going to be used by one of the 3-metre HDMI cables, there’s two in that box, two in that box. That’s basically because these top two monitors will be controlled by my laptop and the bottom three will be controlled by the Alienware.
And because laptops graphics cards don’t have really good enough graphics card to support a HDMI or VGA splitter you need to use one VGA and one HDMI. So if you’ve been trying to do that, trying to do extended display onto two external monitors from a laptop and you haven’t been successful, that’s because you need to do one VGA and one HDMI, or one with no DVI depending on what you’ve got on your laptop, but I don’t think any laptop anymore really has DVI.
So I’ll just obviously take this cable tie off of here. So this is the wire that we’re going to need for the laptop and this is going to be hard to actually make sure that we get everything in properly without messing up these monitors.
Hopefully it’ll all be okay. Now I’m actually just going to feed down the first one, the first side of it, just to come out here so that it can hopefully go down this tubing. Actually you know what, I’m not actually going to put it down the tubing first, because there’s going to be a whole load of wires that need to go down there, so including the power supplies for all these monitors.
So that’s what I’m going to do now, just that’s just going to go into there. HDMI’s on the rest and it’s all just going to centralise down into there. Alright so just to give you a little bit of an update as I’m still going, I’ve actually put in two of the power plugs.
It actually takes quite a while to feed it all through and tuck it all into the cable management rack and stuff. I’ve done two so far, the third one will go right there next to it. So that’s bottom row furthest left, middle then that’ll be bottom row right.
Then over here will be the- that’s the laptop right there, then here will be the top right monitor and top left monitor. And obviously more things will obviously be plugged in after that like already I can see that I’ve got this in front of me, which is the splitter, so that’ll need to be plugged in, it’ll probably be plugged in on the other one because this will need to be near the capture card which will be near the computer.
Right so all the monitors are plugged into the wall now, they’re all in there, three there, two over the other side and a laptop in the other side. And you can just see all the cables at the top there are tucked away properly.
So that’s that. I’ve already now just done the VGA cable, so I’ve just done the VGA cable so I’ll show you behind the monitors. So you can just see the VGA cable there just coming out at the bottom there, that’s in and going down the tubing.
So just moving on to AVerMedia Extreme Cap U3 capture card. So just to show you how this is all set-up and what I do, because this only has one HDMI on it, and it’s a HDMI in so you may be wondering how it records the footage because it’s not HDMI pass through.
So, what you have to do is, you have to buy, one of these, I briefly explained this in the unboxing part but I’ll explain it now again. You have to buy a HDMI splitter – this ones a Duronic splitter, so I just got it off Amazon, I think it was about £14.
So first thing we need to do is plug that in to the plug and plug it in to the wall or whatever, I’ll do that all later though. Then you need HDMI, you actually need actually three HDMI wires even if you’ve only got one monitor, because you need on in, and then two out.
So the one in, goes in there, and then that one will go to your computer so this one next to the power, the in, the HDMI in goes to your computer, so that’s now going into my computer, which it will be the Alienware.
Then, you need another HDMI wire, this one for example, and it doesn’t matter which one it goes in as long as it goes in one of them, plugs into there and then goes into the capture card, so like that there.
So basically like that, so that goes into there. Then you need a final wire, so this is just a long one but it’s just to show you that I’ve got one, which will plug into there, so I’ll just take off the cap there, that goes into there like that, upside down sorry, like that.
And then that goes to your monitor, an easy way to remember it is, obviously the whole video signal goes from your computer, so your computer has to go on the in, and it is labelled in, and then you’ve got to split that signal, one so you can see- one going so you can see, one so you can record it onto the card, and that’s basically the easiest way to remember it.
The final thing you need to do is attach the USB cable, so wrong side again, so that USB into there and the plug in this into a USB on your computer to transfer the sound, transfer the image. So the image goes in there, out there, into the card gets recorded and comes back out into your computer vie USB, and it is a 3.
0 USB so if you’ve got 3.0 on your computer remember to plug it in there for fast transfer otherwise if you’ve if you’re plugging 3.0 into a 2.0 it will obviously be a 2.0 so there’s not point, so if you’ve got that make sure you utilise it and that’s basically just how you set it up it looks sort of complicated but it’s really not.
If you’re still a bit confused you can just comment in the video, or send me an email or message or whatever and I can send you just a diagram clearly showing it, because I’ve got one and that’s it really.
So I’m just going to plug all that in now. Alright so the capture card is now set-up, it’s just sitting there with the two wires just dropping out the back and I’ve put it all away down there so you can’t really see it.
I’ve actually put the splitter behind these draws, because they’ve got three really bright LED’s on it and I just don’t really want those coming out. I mean all these other lights coming off of here, for example, the green and red lights on the extension leads, they’re fine because they’re not really bright.
The ones on those splitters are really bright, so I don’t really want that shining out, so I’ve just actually put it behind the draws there and I’ll attach it on later properly using some sticky pads or something, which I’m just not really bothered by.
But yeah that’s behind there, that’s above there, that’s just going to stay up there. Now these top three- top two monitors and the middle monitor are now hooked up completely with everything, now it’s just these two side monitors that will need the HDMI wires plugged in and then that will be the monitors done.
Right so I’ve now plugged in all the HDMI’s into the monitors above, and I’ve now just got two HDMI’s, the two end monitors to plug into the computer which I’ve just already fed through here, these two here, which will be plugged into the computer.
But as I explained earlier in the unboxing section, I’m going to need this, sorry a display port to HDMI adaptor, because it, it being the computer, only has two HDMI’s and has about six display ports, but none of my monitors do have display ports so I went for HDMI but because they’ve all got HDMI the monitors, I had to buy this so that’s a display port there, which goes to HDMI.
So one of these monitors, it doesn’t really matter which, so for example this one, which is the right monitor, that’ll just go into there like that and then that’ll plug into the computer so one into the HDMI and one into display port.
Right so I’ve now fed these two wires back-up to the computer. So I’ve got the adaptor here, so this wire here is already the central monitor which I had to plug in before obviously for the capture card and stuff.
That there is the capture card transfer wire, the USB transfer wire. So I don’t even know which one of these wires is which but like I say it really doesn’t matter, and just plug that into there and then if I just come round then we can plug that into there hopefully – there we go, it’s the display port, then this one is the HDMI which can just go into there.
They’ve both gone into the bottom graphics card these two have, there we go, into there like that. And then I’ll just sort of mess around with that a bit to make it look more tidy. Right so we’ve now got the speakers to set up.
you saw all this in the unboxing video but I’ll just briefly go through it again. That’s the power cable, the subwoofer, then we’ve got the speaker, I can’t remember which speakers which but basically we’ve got speakers to go all around and behind you.
That’s the main one, that’s the one with the controller, centre speaker, then two go in front and two go behind, but I haven’t really got anywhere to place mine behind so I’m just going to place them on either side of the desk basically.
Right so that is all the speakers put in. I still need to do the cable management underneath which you can’t really see. But this wire here is actually the wire that connects the subwoofer and all the speakers into the computer over there.
So this is too short basically, it pretty much would just make it, maybe, I say that actually it really wouldn’t. It’s a good job though that I already have this, I didn’t buy this for this set-up or anything, I already had it, and it’s a jack extension cable, and now it’s extended the length of that cable.
So once I’ve plugged that in, I’ll then do all the cable management underneath for the speakers, then I’ll do the rest of the speakers so those two little Logitech speakers, they’ll stay in there, two more over on the other desk.
Right so moving on to the next lot of stuff. These are all going to be after the speakers so I’ll move onto that in a second. So you’ve already seen the speakers because I unboxed them earlier. So this is them basically.
Two for this end, for the laptop, and two for the other end, so I’ll just take out this one as well. Now oddly enough this one comes in a bag and the other two don’t. Now the original time that I bought these they did come with a bag as well, so I’m assuming that these are the ones that wrong and it’s not like they accidentally put it in a bag or something which is unlikely in itself.
So I’ll now just go put these up in the places that they need to be, which will be, I’ll keep that on for now actually, which will be just here. Hopefully they’ll reach, this is right which is good because my laptops over towards the right and that one’s connected to the right speaker.
So they’ll just slide in there to act as the laptop speakers, and I’ll now just wire all that in. So the speakers are set up there, they’re set up on the other desk. You can probably already see just at the back there that the cable management still isn’t good over here.
I haven’t even started doing it but it’s still bad down here as well, because like I said you’ve got to wait until the end to do all that. But that is actually I think all of the cables that are going to be over here, because the only other thing for this side I think is just the keyboard and mouse and obviously that’s wireless so I think that’ll be it and I’ll start on the cable management, but I’ll still leave it just in case like I said there’s anything I’ve forgotten or I’m going something or I don’t know, so I’m just going to leave it for now.
And cable management is still good on the other side though, so I’ve sorted all that out with the speakers earlier and the speakers also set up just on top of the desk there. Right so that is the Behringer C1 microphone installed into the shock mount there which is installed into the arm with the pop filter there as well, and clamped on to the desk there, the XLR cable just coming out, which was pre-installed into the arm.
So that’s basically that there, the only thing that I’m going to be changing with this arm is that I’m just going to be tightening up the bolt that holds this up here because it just keeps sliding down, it doesn’t stay up straight like that it just keeps going in and in, so that’ll be tightening I think it just needs an Allen key, so that’s fine, I’ll just tighten that up soon, and then I’ll wire in my phone and the soundboard and everything like that.
Alright then the soundboard is now fully installed and basically, so what it is, is the microphone is plugged into this one here and then those are the outputs here that go to the computer to deliver the microphone audio to the computer to then get recorded by the sound card.
So that’s basically what that sound board is for, just basically because the input for the microphone doesn’t fit into the computer, plus it then gives me the freedom just to control the volume of the microphone there.
So, final things to do, is now is to just put in the keyboards and final pieces and then that’s it. Right so, the hubs which I remember the packaging being a little bit tough to get off, there we go. So, we’ve already done the unboxing of this earlier so that’s fine, can just take it all out and not worry about all this other stuff that we don’t need.
So, as I said in the unboxing part of this which you can go back and watch if you skipped it, remember, is obviously you’ve seen something in this and you wanted to see the unboxing of it, you can always just go back.
So, its got quite a weight to it, but that’s good. Now I’m already thinking that this cable is a little bit too short and unfortunately the two USB extension cables that I’ve got, one of them I have, but the other one I’ve lost, I have no idea where it is ever since I unpackaged it it’s just gone, so I’ve looked everywhere but I can’t find it.
If I can’t find it by the time I’ve cleared everything up out there then, and this wire isn’t long enough, I’ll have to order another one, but I’ve got no idea where that’s gone. So I’ve just unpackaged this one, because this one obviously is the one that we didn’t, and there it is there.
But maybe, just maybe one of them will reach. This one I’m thinking it won’t reach to the laptop but the other one which obviously will be place over here, just there, hopefully maybe that one might just reach the Alienware or something.
But I will just test that right now, if I just move the camera round a little bit more, let’s just see, yeah that’s not going to reach. So unfortunately it will mean that I probably will have to just leave that one just hanging there for a while until I can get the other cable.
So I am going to use these Velcro bits as I showed you earlier because I do think they’re quite useful. I think I’m going to put that one, the softer one, on the desk and then that onto the bottom of that, which I’ll just do now.
So I’ll just place that on there like that, then that one will be going onto the desk but I’ll decide that just in a second once I actually get the extension one. But that one’s over there. Then, this one, exactly the same.
So that’s what this is for, this is for the extension cable, I think it’s a metre long I think these are, exactly a metre, which is around about three foot, bit longer than three foot, then I’ll just plug all that in like that.
Alright so that has finally been installed, it did take quite a while because there’s obviously loads of cables back there now. But it’s finally there and installed and so the other one, which is obviously way over there.
But that one, like I said, does not have the USB extension part therefore cannot plug into my laptop yet. But I have just found a spare USB extension but it’s really long so I’m going to use that temporarily and sort of put it up there until I get a next one- sorry a new one, and that will arrive.
Alright so on to the next part. So the mouse mats and keyboards and stuff, but this is the mouse mat for this side, with some stuff on it, but that’s that there. And then we’ve got the keyboard, the Alienware keyboard that will be going on it as well there, then I’ll plug that in in a second.
Then we’ve got the mouse which will just go on the end there, plenty of room for both of them, and that’ll just plug into the computer as well, once again I’ll do that in a bit. But also going over, but what will just sort of be sitting on the side most of the time or just sort of go off the end, is the other Ergonomic Sculpt Microsoft keyboard, that’ll sort of sit, most of the time that’ll sit I don’t know up there somewhere, it doesn’t really matter.
Plenty of room for the mouse and the number pad though, just the keyboard that’ll be taking up the most room, but yeah that’s just how that’ll go, that’ll just sit there. And again we’ve got the stand thing, probably won’t use it.
So most of the time I’ll actually just stick that there and have this here. And then we’ve also got the transceiver in here, pull the battery thing out and there we go, that’ll then go into my laptop there, this’ll plug into the Alienware, as this is obviously the Alienware stuff, and that’s it for this keyboard and mouse bit.
So on this desk I’m just going to put back my previous desk mat which was this world map thing here sort of thing. That’s just going to go on there, because I like that one, it’s a good mat and everything, the mouse works on it and stuff.
So that’s basically it there, it’s a little bit smaller this mat for fitting all three things on but usually I think that’ll sort of go like that actually I think, I’ll just put that above it and yeah.
So I’ll take out the transceiver out of there, I think I pulled out the tab for the batteries on that, yeah, I’ll pull out the tab on that. Okay so over here the cable management is completely and utterly done now, there is nothing more to do.
So I’ve cabled tied a lot of the stuff, I’ve put it all in the bracket and everything there, and that’s it really, it’s all good to go. Okay so that was day three there, as you’ve probably noticed we haven’t gotten to the review, the testing and the conclusion and all that.
So we’re going to do that on day four and hopefully day four will be the last day, like I said, hopefully Dan will be on that as well. But other than that I hope you enjoyed this day and I hope you’ve enjoyed the episode so far, and so that’s it really so here’s day four.
Hello and welcome to day four of the set-up video for the Area-51 and 40 other products of The Ultimate Gaming Set-Up. So we’ve got Dan back with us again. DAN: Wearing the Jack’s FSX Video merchandise as always.
JACK: I think we’ve mentioned that enough times Dan, but yeah, coming soon. So anyway we’ve got Dan back with us, obviously he wasn’t here yesterday for the wiring up and setting up of everything behind, and he’s back now and today we’ll hopefully, like I said yesterday, hopefully today will be the last day and we’ll get the testing done, so we’re going to do some boot tests, sorry about the screens behind they will flash, I’m still trying to sort that out, but we’re going to do some boot tests, some rendering tests and some FSX tests to see the graphics, see the frame rates and stuff.
I’ve still got to install a few programs but I’ll do those before we start, but they’re the main three tests we’re going to do. We’re also going to show you some of the thermal controls on the graphics cards and on the actual computer itself, so we’ll do that anyway and show all of that sort of stuff.
So here is day four. Alright so this is the boot and shutdown test of the Alienware Area-51 compared with my current laptop the Dell Inspiron 15R. So I’m going to do them side-by-side hopefully and I’ll show you the times of each of them.
So I’m going to be starting the Alienware one and the laptop one now. Okay so that is the Alienware one done there and that took 36.75 seconds, and remember that is with both computers having all programs installed, and this Alienware has got loads of programs installed now, I’ve installed absolutely everything which is why that may seem a little bit slow for the price of the computer and the specifications of the computer.
But I’d say that’s about right for this computer, but if you are just generally interested in what this computer would be like without any programs, I actually did try it and it was 11 seconds, 11 point something seconds that it turned on in without anything installed, I think that was like the second time I’d ever turned it on so that’s what it is when you first get it unboxed.
This is obviously a more accurate result of 36.75 seconds with all programs installed. And I didn’t bother recording the other 11 second one because I just don’t think it’s really a fair test or anything doing the Alienware without anything on it compared to the Dell with all the programs on it.
So that’s the boot testing for the Alienware Area-51 compared to the Dell Inspiron 15R, which obviously, that time is also on your screen, obviously I didn’t really go into detail with that. So we’re now going to do a shutdown test.
Okay so the second test we’re now going to do is the shutdown test. So Dan are you ready on the timer. DAN: Yes, I am ready. JACK: Okay, 3, 2, 1, go! So the screens are now off, we’re just waiting for the computer lights to turn off, and any second now hopefully, there we go.
That is 10.33 seconds, if I just bring my iPad up here, there we go, 10.33 seconds for the shutdown which, by the way, is will all programs on, so that’s not straight out the box, it obviously would be faster if it was just straight out the box, but that is with pretty much all of my programs fully loaded onto the computer which is obviously going to slow it down.
Okay, so we’re now going to do the rendering test on both computers again, doing a comparison. So you’ll just see me do the best rendering quality on both of these settings here, obviously on the bottom left the Alienware Area-51 and on the top right the Dell Inspiron 15R laptop.
So I’m choosing the best rendering settings, and it says in brackets very slow next to it, and it really is. I never usually do a best rendering export, when I’m rendering my videos I usually do it on high because that’s still high quality obviously but it won’t take hours.
So this clip is fairly complicated really, not the most complicate but sort of medium, it’s got four audio tracks in a lot of video clips sort of mixed together and stuff, music and everything, the volumes go up and down, it’s got overlays and everything like that.
So you can just see that they’ve started now, I’m not doing a timer on these ones because it just takes too long and my timer I think only has a 30-minute limit or something on my editing software, so I’m not doing that.
Plus you’ll see in a minute, which these are both on fast forward by the way, that the Dell Inspiron 15R actually stops, only about I think a quarter or a third of the way through, maybe even less than that, simply because my camera ran out of battery on a full charge, it was at full charge at the start of it, almost full charge actually, and it ran out of battery because I unfortunately do not have any screen capture software on my laptop, which is why I’m filming the top right monitor with a camera.
The bottom left monitor is filmed with my new capture card which you saw me unbox earlier. So that’s what I’m doing for both of those and all in all the Dell one did take a lot of while, is basically what I’m trying to say here.
The Dell Inspiron 15R took ages so I’ll tell you at the end of this how long it did end up taking. Okay so we’re just coming up for the end of the exporting here. And that was all in fast-forward, I have no idea of the percentage, but that was all fast-forward and like I said the Dell never finished because my camera ran out of battery and even then I wasn’t going to keep recording it- pause it and keep recording it because that would take ages for me, plus even the amount of time this actually took in fast-forward you’d just be sitting here for ages.
So all in all, the Dell took almost four hours to complete rendering, and the Alienware Area-51 took about 50 minutes to render. So obviously a lot faster on the Alienware which will really help with me, with rendering but even so, this was just under 14-minutes this clip that it had to render and I would not want to wait 50 minutes for a 14 minute clip to render even on this Alienware computer.
Which is why, like I was saying I never do it on best quality when I’m rendering, I always do it on high or maybe the one below that. So that is the rendering test there in fast forward and obviously the Alienware won.
So next on the testing is the testing of Flight Simulator X Steam Edition. So we’re going to go into settings here, so just obviously click on settings and right now it’s mostly on custom and it’s just that aircraft on ultra-high.
So what I usually have my settings on on my laptop is probably medium high or high on the graphics, then probably medium high on the aircraft, medium high on scenery, probably a low or even lower than that on weather then traffic minimal because Ultimate Traffic Two does most of it.
Aircraft though I actually probably will sometimes have on medium, so that’s what my settings look like usually with my laptop. So if I go into customise, I’m going to put all of these up, so we’re going to use the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti because that is my graphics card.
And framerate, we’re going to put target framerate up to unlimited to try and get the best, though I will probably usually keep a stable framerate, then we’re going to do 1920 by 1080 by 32 because that is the same aspect ratio to my monitors, so that’ll be best for that.
So you just obviously saw what I did on the left there, then putting global texture resolution up to high, light bloom I usually put on and then preview DirectX 10 I’m absolutely not ticking because it messes it up a lot, so I wouldn’t recommend that.
And information text single line. Then onto aircraft the only thing we’re going to be doing here, is just ticking one box, that on there, shadows on itself, which just puts it to ultra-high really, it’s not any customisation, we don’t need 2D transparency.
Scenery, everything up to maximum really, except we are not going to be ticking ground scenery shadows because that also does a lot of flickering and stuff sort of like direct text 10 preview, but this one is, I’d say, even worse really because it has a really bad flicker on all the buildings.
Weather, most of it’s going to be handled by Rex, but we want our cloud draw distance on maximum, add more realism, we’re going to have natural on that one. Then detail clouds, probably the coverage density up to maximum.
And then this stuff, we’re probably going to keep it on about a medium to change the rate which weather changes over time, because I don’t like it changing too quick or staying the same for too long, so keep that there.
Traffic, like I said most of it’s going to be handled by Ultimate Traffic Two, but I’m still actually like- airline traffic here, I’m still actually going to put most of it all on max, simply because it just adds in more aircraft and the computer can handle it and stuff, so road vehicles, ships and ferries, leisure boats, all onto 100%.
So that’s basically what it looks like there, but obviously you can’t- if you want to copy my settings the only one looking at this screen that you can copy is the aircraft, because that is on ultra-high, the rest are all customised, which obviously you just saw.
So that is basically my settings, all like that, so graphics, wet scenery, weather, traffic, all customised. So we’re now going to do a free flight and go into the testing of it all. So I’ve already installed all of my aircraft on here and all of the scenery and pretty much all other add-ons.
I think easy dock is the only thing that I have to installed, which I remember having trouble with before so I don’t know if that’s going to work but I’ll try. So you can see here all of the aircraft that I’ve got, things that I’ve got, bought myself, default aircraft from FlightSim.
Com, just Just Flight, from Captain Sim, all of those partnerships. So I’ve installed all of those, I’ve actually got some more aircraft which I’ll show you probably in some upcoming episodes of these ones here, that I’m showing you here, the A320s, I’ve got all the expansion packs for those of the A321s, of the A319s and of the A318s, there’ll all from just flight.
And these ones I’m not sure if they’re going to work because when I had Windows 10 before on my laptop they didn’t work very well so we’ll see. I don’t know if it’s to do with Windows 10 or not but hopefully with Steam edition and stuff, and it being more updated Windows 10, hopefully everything will work okay, but I’m not too worried about most of these.
These are also new, I got those from FlightSim.Com, there’ll be an upcoming episode on that, coming out and I’ll also be doing three separate episodes, also coming up, showing one aricraft one utility and one new piece of scenery, all three of those will be new and there’ll be coming up soon as well.
So this one here that I’m just showing you will also be featured in a separate episode, the Q400. So that’ll be out shortly, hopefully within the next few weeks. So basically these are all aircraft but today I’m just going to pick the A320 in the EasyJet.
com livery. As it’s the first time I’m using it I’ll obviously have to just click run, so that’s the aircraft there, so I’ll be using that. Then I’ve actually chosen Heathrow to test this, simply because it’s probably the most demanding airport add on that I’ve got, it really wouldn’t run well on my laptop and I’m not even sure if it’s going to run well on this computer simply because of the 4GB of RAM limit, which I’ll explain more in a second.
So I’ve just put the obviously the day to now and so like I was saying Heathrow is a demanding airport, probably the most demanding that I’ve got in terms of graphics cards and RAM and stuff like that.
So what I was saying before about the program is that FSX for those of you who don’t know is a 32-bit program, which means basically it’s limited to 4GB of RAM, which is really annoying to be honest, which is why most people, including myself would recommend a 8GB of RAM computer, if you’re looking for a new gaming computer to play FSX, I recommend 8GB because that means FSX can use the full 4GB and then things like your operating system and background programs and processes can use up that other 4GB’s.
But otherwise any more than that, if you’ve just bought it for FSX is useless basically. The reason I have 32GB is because I’m not just going to be playing FSX, I’m going to be playing more modern games that are 64-bit programs that can go over the 4GB limit.
So already we’re just in here like that, that has actually loaded faster than my laptop probably. I don’t know why that had a big flash there. But this is actually going to look pretty messy because all of this flying is going to be pretty much unedited, it’s not going to look like any of my normal episodes or anything and the programs just frozen which is absolutely normal as I remember.
If you’ve got Ultimate Traffic Two installed your program will freeze, just do not really click anything it will freeze for just several seconds for the aircraft to load in which you can now just see, all those British Airways aircraft have just loaded up there, where I’m now pointing.
There’ll all British Airways obviously because this is terminal five, which is where they’re based but up there probably, that’s going to be a different airline, yeah Qantas Airline. So basically is just freezes for a second and loads in all the aircraft so if that happens for you and you’re worried about it, don’t be because as long as you’ve got Ultimate Traffic Two installed then you know why it’s done that, if not, I don’t know why it’s done that myself, so that’s it really.
And we’re now just going to take-off at this airport just see what the framerate is doing. Unfortunately Fraps isn’t working, I’ve tried installing that, that’s another utility that doesn’t seem to be working very well, I’m going to try again, if not, I guess Fraps just either doesn’t work with Windows 10 or doesn’t work with FSX Steam Edition, either one.
But I do have a separate program, but that will hopefully put the framerate on the bottom left corner of your screen. Unfortunately it doesn’t record with it, as I’m recording this with my capture card, I’ll have to put it on the editing software after, sorry when I’m editing.
So we’re now just going to roll forward on to the runway, take off then head over into London, because obviously that’s a big city so it’s got loads of buildings that it’ll have to load and stuff. But while we’re just waiting obviously to take-off and get into the air and stuff, I’ll just mention at this point, that for the next week only, so this episode was released on the 23rd January 2016, so for the next week, you can comment in this video, you can message me on Twitter, Facebook, you can email, you can send a form on my website, anything that you want and request video requests basically, you can have video requests.
Because for the past year or something I’ve said no to video requests because of my two year shutdown, but now because obviously this episodes coming out it’s a whole big thing going on in my channel and I’m releasing some after videos of those utilities and scenery and aircraft that I was talking about, because all that’s happening I’ve decided I will pick ten video requests to do over the next month or so but only if you comment within the next week that this video has come out, so if you just- not even just comment, just anywhere on my website or on my channel or Facebook or Twitter, so if you just do that I will pick 10 and then I will release those, so 10 that I pick, because I’m know I’m going to get more than 10 because I get more than 10 a week now, let alone asking you to do a video request.
So we’re just taking off here, so you can see the framerate isn’t exactly the best, which like I said I expected even, even with the airport because of that 4GB of RAM being used up, so it’s not the best but it’s still better than it was before.
This is a Mega London Heathrow Extended I think it’s called, I did have the non-extended version before, you will have seen in previous episodes, but this one’s obviously the extended version. So we’ve now just taken off.
All that scenery there is default, so is London, London hasn’t got any add-ons, I’m probably going to buy an add on for it in the future, but for now not really. I think the only full city scenery add on that I’ve got is Dubai, which you’ve also seen before, so probably London will be next then I might get something for New York or something, so I don’t know yet, but it’s all in the future really, I’m not looking to buy much right now simply because the channels been shutdown and coming back not until this September, so that’s that really.
So now that we’re going into the city and into the default scenery part you can actually see that the frame rate has already picked up quite a lot. There is very, very slight sort of jutter of low frame rate, so it’s not that noticeable but it is just about and you can see that the scenery is just loading in bit by bit.
Again this is mainly down to that 4GB that it can’t exceed, because obviously the more it’s got in front of you, the more buildings it’s loaded up, the more RAM that uses, but the more RAM it uses the more it gets to the 4GB limit and can’t load anymore.
So it’s alright really, but like I said I’m playing other games on it and I’ve already tried those out and they run absolutely great, also sorts of games that I’ve played, even the most demanding games, and they run really good.
So it seems to be just FSX that is holding that back, but like I said again that is the 4GB limit. So as I was saying about the video requests, please do comment, send a message, email, whatever you want, and I will pick those ten video requests for you and then release them on this channel.
So there’ll be in ten different episodes over the next month or so, and obviously like I said I can only pick ten out of what’s going to be more than ten so sorry if you do not get chosen. And that’s pretty much it for the video requests, one more thing about that is, is that, if you want a full flight, I can do those just bear in mind that I obviously might not have the airline you want or the aircraft that you want or some scenery that you specifically were asking for, so just bear those three facts in mind, and also, please if you do want that, just keep it under an hour basically.
Now I’ve just paused the video here, just to look at this sort of glitch here, and I don’t think it was in FSX before, I don’t know if this is a Steam Edition thing or again something to do with Windows 10 or just a glitch on my computer, but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t there before basically, that glitch across the river.
Now the framerate has dropped just slightly here as we’re getting over to these buildings and the airport and stuff but it’s still pretty smooth, a lot smoother than it was before, considering this is all on max.
So in order for you guys to enjoy the episode more I’m actually just going to decrease the settings just slightly, probably mainly on scenery just so we’ve got an absolute smooth framerate because it’s so close to be smooth right now, I reckon just one notch down on a few of the sliders on scenery and it will do it.
Especially water effects, that uses up quite a lot, I reckon if I was in a city that didn’t have such a big river or something it would probably run a little bit better, but that’s that anyway. So as I was just saying about video requests, if it’s a full flight please try and keep that under an hour, just because simply I haven’t got all the time in the world to film, like I don’t have a 6-hour flight or something, so an hour or under, but if it is a full flight it’s best to keep it around about, above 20-30 minutes, but basically anywhere from 20 to an hour is good.
Anything below 20 I just think is a bit of a stupid flight, but that’s that really. So we’re now just flying obviously above London. And something else that I’m now just going to show you, well not show you but tell you, is I’m going to be creating a brand new channel, not yet, but in a few months, probably around about July or June, end of June.
And the reason it’s so long away is because I have, I am in year 11 in the UK which I don’t know what grade that equals in America or any other country but I’m 16 years old, I’ll be 17 in September and that basically means, if you’re at this age, you’ve got your what are called GCSE exams.
The reason I’m explaining like this is because for those of you who aren’t in Britain and don’t know how the education system works, but I have what are called GCSE exams, which stand for General Certificate of Secondary Education, which are basically, some might call them the most important exams that you’re going to have at school, because these are the exams that are good for getting into college and then into university and a lot of jobs obviously look for those, these sort of exams to be good and stuff, so the reason I’m not starting the channel yet is because I’ve got those coming up so I need to sort of concentrate on those and then after those are finished I’ve then got I think like an 8 week summer holiday or something this year so I’ll be able to try and get the channel started there.
And that channel will be all sorts of games, it’s not just going to be FSX, it’s going to be absolutely all sorts, but it’s going to mainly stick to simulation basically, it’s not going to go into other games, just all sorts of games really, it is going to stick on a certain category of simulation, and it probably will include FSX, but I’m not sure if I want to include that yet.
But anyway that’s all coming soon, in June/July, possibly August at the very very latest, so I hope you’re looking forward to that channel, I’ll release more information on that closer to the time, probably around about May I’ll set up the channel, if you guys could go over and have a look at and subscribe to hopefully, because it’s going to be on a lot more games, and I’m going to be talking throughout the whole episode more on general topics and hopefully that will be better.
So that’s it for the testing part. So we’ve done the boot, the shutdown, the rendering and now FSX and obviously just flying above London here, so you can get a really good look at the scenery and obviously the city.
So that’s it for the testing and that is it for the whole episode. So me and Dan are just going to do a conclusion now which you’ll see in a second but that is it and I’ve hoped you’ve enjoyed the testing part and obviously I’ve given you loads of information there about video requests so please do comment or message or email.
And I’ve given you loads of information there about the new channel starting soon, which by the way if you’ve got any suggestions for names of the new channel please do comment that below as well, as obviously I will need a new name for it, so if you’ve got any names for that comment below, if you’ve got any video requests comment below or message or email and new channel coming soon.
So that is this testing part over. DAN: So now we’re going to start on the review of the Acer PC, right behind me, that was a sub £200 PC. JACK: £190 yeah. DAN: Exactly, so it’s got a nice small form factor and it’s got a really nice, I don’t know how to describe it, it’s got a really nice design and it just looks sort of like simplistic and nice.
JACK: Yeah, I basically agree with that. It is a slow computer unfortunately, it’s slower than my laptop, I think it’s 1.9GHz, and my laptops 2.2. And it’s an Intel Celeron, so it’s slow but still, for the money, I think it’s still a really good laptop, sorry really good computer and stuff.
So we’re also going to review the screens there, so far I haven’t actually noticed much of a difference from the old screens up there. The only difference between them mainly is the fact that it’s a millisecond slower- sorry faster, so from 2 milliseconds to 1 millisecond, and it’s a 144 hertz screen, but I haven’t really been playing those sort of fast games to notice that, but I definitely will sort of look into that and see if they’re any better.
Then finally the other thing that we’re going to review is the speakers. We’re not bothering telling you what they’re obviously like testing them for you, because then you’ll just hear it through them speakers so it won’t really be any different, but the base on those are really good, so we’d definitely recommend those speakers.
What do you think of them Dan. DAN: Well Jack put some music on earlier on, like quite loud, and the base really sort of vibrated and you could feel it like through the house kind of. JACK: Yeah. So yeah, really loud and we’d recommend those.
Then finally we’ve got the Alienware computer just behind me. Basically I can’t really find many faults with it. Mainly the fault is just the size of it, but I’m going to put all the sort of pros and cons, or the advantages and disadvantages just after this review so that you can see for yourself what we thought of it, and that’s it really, that’s the review.
So we’re now just going to do the outro for the whole episode, and that’s it. Alright so that is the end of day four and the end of the entire episode. So Dan. DAN: I’ve had quite a good time getting all his computer set up and everything and having a look at it and it’s just been a really nice experience because there’s just so much stuff just to have a look at and just, it’s really exciting.
JACK: Yeah, so, I hope you’ve all enjoyed the video. So we’ve got everything set up, everything’s been tested pretty much that can be, and that’s basically the episode. So once again, hope you enjoyed it, remember you can comment below for video requests coming up with the new computer and comment anything else that you want, please like and subscribe if this is the first time you’ve come across this channel.
So thank you for watching.