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Old 04-10-2011, 12:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My buddy told me I'd have to be a sucker to buy a high performance PC from Dell for the price they make you pay. However, I currently have a 30% discount that's good until the end of April. I was hoping to get some input on whether this is a decent deal or not. The specs of the Studio XPS 9100 system I've put together are listed below. It has a pretax price of $3,620. With the 30% discount it'd be around $2,534. Thoughts? Comments?

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7-990X processor (3.46GHz, 12MB L2 Cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate, 64bit, English
OFFICE SOFTWARE No Productivity software pre-installed
SERVICE PLAN 2 Year Basic Service Plan
MONITOR Dell ST2420L 24"W Full HD Monitor, 24.0 VIS, VGA Cable supplied only
MEMORY 12GB Tri Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 6 DIMMs edit
HARD DRIVE 1TB Performance RAID 0 (2 x 500GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs)
VIDEO CARD ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5
OPTICAL DRIVE Blu-ray Combo Drive (8X BD-R, DVD+/-RW) with DVD+R double layer write capability
SPEAKERS Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia Speaker System
SOUND CARD THX® TruStudio PC™
WIRELESS Dell 1525 Wireless-N PCIe Card
MODEM No Dial Up Modem Option
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Old 04-10-2011, 02:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Let's see...
If you were to build it(before tax and shipping)
i7-990x: $1000
Windows 7 Ultimate: $180
24" 1080p monitor: $180
Memory: $145
Two 500GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs: $80
5870: $220, $190 after rebate
Blu-Ray combo drive: $85
Speakers: $99
Sound card: $85
Wireless(?): $28

About $2072 before taxes and shipping.
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And in many states if you get from newegg the impossible happens. Alll those taxes, disa..spontaneously combust.

Its not like there loosing money with the sale. It just means they are ripping you off slightly less then normal.
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Let's see...
If you were to build it(before tax and shipping)
i7-990x: $1000
Windows 7 Ultimate: $180
24" 1080p monitor: $180
Memory: $145
Two 500GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs: $80
5870: $220, $190 after rebate
Blu-Ray combo drive: $85
Speakers: $99
Sound card: $85
Wireless(?): $28

About $2072 before taxes and shipping.
Plus maybe $80 for case, keyboard and mouse.
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Plus maybe $80 for case, keyboard and mouse.
Then some for a PSU.

The short answer is that $2534 isn't a bad price for what you get, you could get it cheaper by building (as demonstrated) but it's not too bad. The difference is that when you build, you can select your parts better, for example, you can use a much cheaper (but similarly fast) CPU, less RAM and get a better case and PSU with some of the money saved.
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