Been browsing thru the forums looking for some advice on my build/upgrade. I just ordered a Dell XPS 8500 which will end up costing me ~$670 with the following specs.
8GB DDR3 SDRAM AT 1600MHZ-2x4GB
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 1GB GDDR5
1TB SATA Hard Drive 7200 RPM
Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE
plus the case, OS, etc. etc.
I already have some parts I can scavenge from my current rig so if I can get the comparable components for less, I might go that route. Not really into overclocking, already messed around with that a while back hence my Dell purchase.
Main uses: Movies, internet, photo editing.
My necessary components are as follows:
4. Video Card
6. Power supply
7. Any extra cooling
Vendors: TigerDirect or Newegg, but I'm in CA so Newegg would tax me, but I have Shoprunner so that might offset shipping.
Whatever components should be at the minimum comparable to what I would get from the Dell. Let me know if I miss any details
At $670 with a warranty and all, that seems like a good deal. And you say you already ordered it. Does the board come with 6GB/s SATA III? And USB 3.0? If not, that might be a reason to build it yourself.