Microcenter has this open box Dell XPS 8100 system for $799.99 (originally $899.99 for unopened box).
I researched here and there, and the price can't be beat anywhere with all the components that come with this system.
Dell XPS 8100 comes with following
CPU: i7 860
Chipset: Intel H57 (successor of P55)
GPU: OEM ATI HD 5770 1GB GDDR5
RAM: 8GB (4x2GB) dual channel (expandable upto 16GB)
HD: 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
OS: Windows 7 Home
CD/DVD RW Multidrive
Wireless-N Mini Card
Question 1) Is this a good deal? I think it can't be beat. $799.99 for this is a steal. Isn't it?
I mainly use PC for playing games, World of Warcraft(25man raid), Starcraft 2, and Diablo 3(not released yet) at max settings.
I have Samsung PX2370 23" Full HD LED with backlight monitor, 1980x1020. Would this last at least 5 years?
Question 2) Some people told me Dell BIOS comes locked for overclocking the CPU, but after speaking with Dell specialist, BIOS is not locked for overclocking. Is this true? I have never done overclocking myself, and I probably won't end up doing it, but it's nice to have this option for the future.
Question 3) What are the things I should be worried about when purchasing Dell system besides warranty and customer service.
You need to look under the hood to see where they cut corners to sell this computer for $999 (or open box for $799).
This computer includes a cheap 350 watt power supply. It is less likely to survive than a good quality one, and you would have to replace it if you ever wanted to replace the video card with a faster one.
The case is also very cheap. Will it provide adequate cooling and not be too noisy?
The included keyboard and mouse are ultra cheap.
Just recently, I came across a PC upgrader that refuses to work on Dells, because of how cheap and problematic they are. So, although it seems cheap now, it could cost you more in the future if you ever wanted to upgrade anything. You could easily build a better system yourself for under $1000 that is better than the dell in every way.
While I believe there's some truth in what DXRick is saying, Dell would not be as large and successful as they are if they sold utter garbage that forced them to provide a lot of expensive warranty service; it will just be low-end. For example, the mobo may be prone to the bad capacitor problem (Google is your friend), and the PSU will be inefficient and not able to handle upgrades. At least the connectors are no longer proprietary, so you could pick up an Antec Earthwatts or Corsair CX400 on the cheap (sometimes as low as $40-$45).
ewiz has a system builder you can pick your own parts and they will put it together for you probably have to pick up video card seperate easy to install
thats a pretty good video card for a prebuilt system
Antec Nine Hundred No PS Mid Tower Ultimate Gaming Case (Black)
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ CrossFireX / SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Super Talent DDR3-1600 4GB(2X2G) CL8 Dual Channel Memory Kits
Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive
Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE 22X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk w/o Software
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Power Supply
722.75 no video card you can get a matx motherboard -$54.00 ? get a 5770 for about 140 from newegg
good case and everything is upgrdable no operatimting system either if you need one about another $90 bucks