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Dell xps 9000 a good deal? Show me some components to beat it?

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February 2, 2010 6:15:30 PM

I was just on Dell's site and built a bare bones xps 9000 and for 1,460 you get some good stuff.

i7 920
2 optical drives
ati 5870
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?

February 2, 2010 6:28:45 PM

CPU: i7-920 $290
Mobo: EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR $180
RAM: G.Skill 3x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 $170
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
GPU: HD 5870 $395
Cash: Antec 300 Illusion $70
PSU: Corsair 550W $80
Optical: SATA DVD Burner $25
OS: Win7 $105

Total: $1,405. Not including the combos that are possible. Better RAM, better HDD, and all quality parts.

Now one that would have better gaming performance:

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190 (USB 3/SATA III)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
Rest is the same.

Total: $1,290. Enough for a SSD.
February 3, 2010 4:03:19 AM

Are dell components that bad? Is that how they keep the price so low? Guess i'll have to go search google to see what they put inside their comps as far as hd/mobo/ram etc..
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February 3, 2010 10:21:32 AM

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.
February 6, 2010 11:56:41 PM

Solid, thanks Admiral
February 6, 2010 11:56:53 PM

Best answer selected by dimmzeta73.