Is dell xps studio (desktop) okay for gaming

A friend of mine said that the current Dell XPS systems are actually a good deal for a current, up-to-snuff gaming system and I priced one out for about 1200 and was wondering what the community's thoughts were Dell circa 2010. I'm on the fence about building my own, which I've never done, and just buying something I can upgrade a few years down the road. I'm looking to play all the latest games and obviously whatever comes out over the next few years, with settings on high.
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  1. they are decent for gaming right out of the box!
  2. i'd also suggest looking at ebay.

    There are a ton of i7 920, 6gb, 750gb, ati 4350 dell systems selling for around $700.

    Depending what games you play you'd maybe want to invest in a better video card and probably psu.
  3. Until Thursday Dell has 418 off of the build below:

    http://www.dell.com/us/en/home/desktops/studio-xps-8100/pd.aspx?refid=studio-xps-8100&s=dhs&cs=19&~oid=us~en~29~performance-desktops-02~~

    Since I need a monitor as well (included!), this seems like a really good deal. My question to you guys is what kind of gaming performance can I expect out of the setup given, and what upgrades offered would I be wise to take (video card, et cetera.)

    Thanks!
  4. Intel® Core™ i7-860 processor(8MB Cache, 2.80GHz)
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
    22 inch SX2210 Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor
    Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer write capable
    8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM1 at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs
    750GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
    nVidia GeForce GTS240 1024MB GDDR3
    THX® TruStudio PC™
    Dell 1525 WLAN PCIe card with11n mini-Card & external antenna
    2 Year Basic Service Plan

    Comes to 1200, and may get them to shave off another 100 or so with an educational discount (I work at a college).

    Any thoughts on how this guy would perform?
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