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I am able to purchase a Studio XPS from Dell for £910.

It will have -

i7 920
6gb 1066mhz ram
500gb HDD
1.8gb Nvidia GTX 260

23'' LCD included as well

Good deal? Worth going for?

This will expire today midnight (the savings), I guess it could get better. Would it be worth paying more for an Aurora instead with a 5870?

To be honest, I probably won't be needing more performance than the XPS studio. How is upgrade ability like on the XPS Studio? Stability/heat issues?
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  1. It's a decent system from what you've listed. If you're not a hardcore gammer, the gtx260 should be fine.
    Do you know what model the hard drive is?
    What is the price increase for the 5870?
  2. It is this system - http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=D00SX08&dgc=AF&cid=5212&lid=122756&acd=320f52fdf12c8adeb1a57e1369a2e576 (but upgraded to the 260 GTX, and 21 inch monitor upgraded to 23'). With the discount code I have, it comes to £910.

    NO option for 5870 with this machine. However if I go for the aurora: http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=D00AWA07&dgc=AF&cid=5212&lid=122756

    It comes at £1299 with dual 260M GTX, which can be made to dual 5870's at £1450'ish pricem around £1540, if upgraded ram to 6gb 1333mhz. (There will be around 5% discount ontop)

    Or I can go for http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=D00AWA04&dgc=AF&cid=5212&lid=122756&acd=320f52fdf12c8adeb1a57e1369a2e576, upgraded to single 5870 and adding 3gb ram (but ram on this machine ie 1066mhz, not 1333mhz), comes to £1259. (There will be around 5% discount ontop)
  3. I guess realistically will have to add around £150 to the price of the latter two - as no monitor.
  4. I don't like the 6 x 1GB RAM in the 1st system. It really limits the upgradability there.

    Realistically, all the systems are going to be limited, as far as upgrades go. The RAM sslots are filled with 1GB sticks. If you go with a single card setup, you likely won't have a SLI/xfire capable motherboard, and the PSU would likely barely support the single card you choose.

    If you're going to buy from them, I would suggest spending to get the options you want/need, as you likely won't be able to do much to the system down the road.
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