Hello everyone. I am a new user here and I think after reading all the rules and browsing through the forums that the members of Tech Forums will be able to help me out with my computer based dilemma.
I have been wanting to purchase a computer ever since my lappy (the name of my laptop, heh heh) died last Saturday. I browsed the internet and came across the Dell XPS 710 and after reading a review that tore it to shreds, I felt comfortable in buying it. However, I was given the advice not to rush to buy anything and I reluctantly refused the impulse to buy the XPS.
Been some days since I first came across these message boards and I am now just getting to making this thread. Below are the price tag and system specs of the computer I was
initially going to buy.
Originally Posted by XPS 710 Black - $2325 or $70/month
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™2 Duo processor E6420 (4MB L2 Cache,2.13GHz,1066 FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® XP Media Center 2005 Edition with re-installation CD
MEMORY 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 2 DIMMs
HARD DRIVE 250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
OPTICAL DRIVE Dual Drives: 48x Combo + 16x DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer write capable
MONITOR 19 inch SP1908FP Silver Flat Panel Monitor with TrueLife™
VIDEO CARD 256MB nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS
SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
SPEAKERS Dell AS501 10W Flat Panel Attached Spkrs for UltraSharp™ Flat Panels
KEYBOARD & MOUSE Dell USB Keyboard
MOUSE LOGITECH G5 Laser Gaming Mouse (ships separately)
FLOPPY & MEDIA READER 13 in 1 Media Card Reader
MODEM 56K PCI Data Fax Modem
PRODUCTIVITY Microsoft Works 8. DOES NOT INCLUDE MS WORD
ANTI-VIRUS & SECURITY I chose Security with Value, Plus,or Premium Warranty Bundle
PHOTOS, MUSIC & MORE! No Entertainment software pre-installed
WARRANTY AND SERVICE PC-Care Plus Bundle
DIAL-UP INTERNET ACCESS No ISP requested
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 7.0
SYSTEM DETAILS 2.5MM aluminum thickness Chassis with front & back customizable LEDs
SYSTEM DETAILS 7-slot, BTX design motherboard
SYSTEM DETAILS 750-watt Power Supply
SYSTEM DETAILS Tower Six-heat pipe, Copper base Heat Sink with aluminum fans
SYSTEM DETAILS Two 120mm x 38mm front fans
Miscellaneous Award Winning Service and Support
XPS Specialized Support Dimension XPS, Specialized Support
After speaking to my roomie, computer nerds and the like, I decided that it may be better if I purchased the parts needed to build my own gaming machine. I know that the upgrade ability of the XPS, of Dell in general, is limited and I don't want to have to purchase an entire new system in three years to use the current software.
So it is that I ask of you, members of the Tech Forums, to run me through the parts I would need to build a gaming computer for around $2000, the price I would pay for the XPS. Unless of course, the XPS is the better choice.
Playing games on max settings would be wonderful.