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New gaming computer. maybe through dell 1300-1500

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May 23, 2012 7:27:05 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: 1300-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Need everything including mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitors, etc

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Country: America

Parts Preferences: Dell?

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: What would the difference be?

Monitor Resolution: Good

Additional Comments: Not looking to build a computer, looked at dells XPS 8500 and 8300 not sure if these are good for their prices or not. Also worried about the video cards in each of these packaged computers. AMD Radeon™ HD 7570 1GB GDDR5 is what they offered.
May 23, 2012 7:35:33 PM

This is what dell is offering with their XPS 8500, is this a good computer for the money? looking to run d3 mainly for now


XPS 8500 XPS 8500 Fast track config02
Chassis XPS 8500, Black Chassis w/19:1 media card reader
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
PROCESSORS 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3450 processor 3.10 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.50 GHz
MONITOR No Monitor
MEMORY 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 2 DIMMs
HARD DRIVE 1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
VIDEO CARD AMD Radeon™ HD 7570 1GB GDDR5
SPEAKERS No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
OPTICAL DRIVE 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW), write to CD/DVD
WIRELESS Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE
SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4
USB 3.0 Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Dell Datasafe DataSafe 2.0 Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
Adobe Reader Adobe® Acrobat® X Reader Multi-Language
Ship Material Shipping Material, Direct
Wireless Driver Dell SRV Software 1703
Documentation English/French Documentation
Additional Software Additional Software
Optical SW No PDVD
Power Cord US Power Cord
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May 23, 2012 7:45:19 PM

It sucks for gaming. The GPU is many MANY years old and cant even touch a game.
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May 23, 2012 7:49:20 PM

Dell's "gaming" desktops are a joke...you could seriously build a rig just as fast as that one under $800 or 900.

You really need to consider building your own, its not difficult at all and it'll save you a lot of money, or you'll get a much much more powerful system. Alienware too is a rip of...for $1500 all they give you is a gtx 555. Even though i hate suggesting prebuild website like ibuypower.com...you can get so much more in your rig like a gtx 670 and an unlocked processor for the same price
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May 23, 2012 8:54:44 PM

Hey, I too was scared about building my first computer(I still haven't done it, just waiting for all the parts] but it really isn't as hard as you would think. I would suggust going and watching Newegg TV's 3 part series about how to build a comp. It gives you the bare minimum basics, but it also gives you alot of important information. For $1100 you could build a decent comp.(you could pwn D3 with a $500 build]

Here's a link to the first video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=...
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May 23, 2012 9:41:21 PM

If you really don't want to build your own, you could try CyberPowerPC or iBuyPower. You have more control over the components that way. I've had two PCs from CyberPower and really liked them.

This one is just short of $1,500 at CyberPower (with free D3!):
- Case: Thermaltake Level 10GTS Mid Tower Gaming Case w/ EasySwap HDD bays, 2x Front USB 3.0 Ports, & Headset Holder (White Color)
- CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155
- Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
- Motherboard: [CrossFireX/SLI] ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, XFast Technologies, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (All Venom Ultimate OC Certified) [+49]
- Intel Smart Response Technology for Z77: 30 GB Corsair Nova 2 SATA II 3.0Gb/s SSD - 270MB/s Read & 220MB/s Write [+57] (Single Drive)
- Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair XMS with Heat Spreader)
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+390] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
- Power Supply Upgrade: 650 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+77]
- Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
- Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
- Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
- Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
Games: * Diablo III Game [+60] - FREE AFTER MIR
- Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Rush Service: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 10~15 BUSINESS DAYS

Could save a couple of bucks by backing off processor, dropping the cache SSD, and changing the case. Kinda fond of the rest... That would crush the Dell.
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