I was just on Dell's site and built a bare bones xps 9000 and for 1,460 you get some good stuff.
2 optical drives
6gigs of tri channel ram
750gig hard drive
36 months of macafee anti virus
Microsoft Home/Student 2007
Unique case i guess, i think it looks good but its not really that important.
I have no idea what mobo they use, the ram is only 1066mhz and the opticals aren't the fastest(16x) but it does come with windows 7.
The coolest thing is that the 5870 costs 330 dollars to upgrade, where as its going to be over 400 after tax at newegg. Is this a good deal, especially since it comes with software? Anyone bought one of these before? Can you fit a i7920 a 5870 and all those features in for under 1,460?
They use cheap, poor quality parts. In addition, many things will be proprietary designs, so it makes upgrading nearly impossible. You won't be able to find what they put it it because it's proprietary. You might find out who makes it, but that won't really tell you much.
I would definitely just build it yourself. By picking your own parts, you can ensure quality components and can customize it to your exact needs. Plus, by putting it all together yourself, you have a much better understanding of how it works, allowing you to easily customize the settings to enhance performance.