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Dell XPS or New Built? ~1000-1100

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August 4, 2012 3:55:26 AM

Hi all,

I'm planning to built a new computer for home use, i'm a beginner never did this before. I would appreciate if someone can please advice me on this. I've never assembled a pc before, so i would need it assembled and tested, all set ready to go.


Approximate Purchase Date: August 7th 2012

Budget Range: 1000-1100 after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Rendering Videos, playing MS Flight Simulator X ONLY, watching movies, streaming content to tv, Home use

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (looking for LED monitor/ultra sharp possibly?)


Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: ?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments:Quiet pc, at least 12Gb RAM, will be using: sony vegas, photoshop, adobe after effects, etc

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: needs high performance pc, sold the last one recently.



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The other option i have is Dell XPS 8500, specs are as follow:

PROCESSOR 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor (3.40 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.90 GHz) edit
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
MONITOR Dell S2330MX 23 Inch Ultra-Slim Monitor with LED
MCAFEE SECURITYCENTER McAfee SecurityCenter, 30-Days
MEMORY 12GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 4 DIMMs
HARD DRIVE 1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
OPTICAL DRIVE 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW), write to CD/DVD
GRAPHICS CARD AMD Radeon™ HD 7570 1GB GDDR5
KEYBOARD Dell KB213 Wired Multimedia Keyboard
MOUSE Dell Laser Mouse
Wireless Driver Dell SRV Software 1703
Chassis XPS 8500, White Chassis w/19:1 media card reader
Sound Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4
Power Cord US Power Cord
Documentation English/French Documentation
Ship Material Shipping Material, Direct
Additional Software Additional Software
Optical SW No PDVD
XPS 8500 XPS 8500
WIRELESS CARD Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE
SPEAKERS No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
NETWORK CARD Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
ADOBE SOFTWARE Adobe® Acrobat® X Reader Multi-Language

$1169 (including shipping)
Anonymous
August 4, 2012 4:20:41 AM

i went through the configuration and saw the choices for video cards, if you can upgrade to the 7770 without breaking your bank; though FSX is a cpu game a better graphic card will help increase the settings.
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August 4, 2012 4:38:46 AM

Pre built Dells are horrible machines. They use watered down GPUs, motherboards that forfeit access to the multiplier, you name it.

For $1100 this would be a far better system:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Memory Express)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.93 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1061.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-04 00:38 EDT-0400)
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August 4, 2012 6:08:09 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Pre built Dells are horrible machines. They use watered down GPUs, motherboards that forfeit access to the multiplier, you name it.

For $1100 this would be a far better system:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Memory Express)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.93 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1061.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-04 00:38 EDT-0400)


Alright it surely seems a better system, but i can't assemble or test them myself, how can i have this system assembled and tested, ready to go?

Also, i would like to have at least 12GB RAM, plus there's no sound card, which one do you recommend?
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