We're a Mac family, but I'm looking for a PC to play some Windows-only games: SWTOR, DAO, some stuff on Steam. We'll be hooking this up to our 55" Sony TV via HDMI and using a bluetooth keyboard/mouse, so we can also use it as an HTPC in the living room.
I have the option to get the following for $620 out the door thanks to a discount:
Figured I'd buy this and use it as a basis for upgrading. Better video card (suggest?) + a 256GB SSD (or raiding 2x 128GB SSDs as I hear this provides better performance?). I like this idea because I don't have to shell out for everything at once, altho I'm keen on getting the SSD at the same time as the PC itself.
1.) Is this possible with the XPS 8300?
Versus the price of buying all the components individually, I figured the $620 price--which also includes RAM, the OS, case + PSU--was a good way to go vs building a PC (which I've done before... but not since 2005).
2.) Is there a better alternative out there? I'm all ears.
Again, this will be for games, so I'd like some power under the hood with the GPU. Trying to keep the TOTAL budget under $1k if possible.
DO NOT GET THE XPS 8300. I own the machine. if you ever want to upgrade the graphics card you are screwed. it comes with an 460w powersupply. The highest you can go with that and have stable performance is GTX 550ti/GTX560(NON TI). If i were u build your own. Also you can just get a i5 2500k with your own system and overclock it and get I7 performance unless you want to do heavy multi-threading apllications. I7 is not at all neccasary for gaming and for about a 100 bucks less you can get a fine CPU. Anyway unless you are willing to spend 250 on 6950 and 100 bucks on a PSU and risk screwing up your Dell warranty i dont suggest you buy dell. Build your own!