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Old December 14, 2009, 09:39 PM
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So I checkout the Dell site for the computer your planning on buying, and I've got to be honest if your willing to spend 2700+ for that computer with the only notable component being the I7 975, your quite frankly crazy.
Thank you for the info Pelt, but I am not buying that system anymore. I understand now why I do not need the i7-975, so I am going to get the XPS 8000 system which is a lot cheaper than the XPS 9000. Here are the specs:

- Studio XPS 8000, Intel® Core™ i7-860 processor(8MB Cache, 2.80GHz).
- Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit
- 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs
- 500GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
- 16x DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer write capable + 16x DVD-ROM Drive
- nVidia GeForce GTS240 1024MB GDDR3

Official Total: $1,148

I have bought Dell in the past, and I know that if I give them a call and ask for a discount, they usually give one. So I am pretty sure I can get this system for $900-ish, which seems to be a pretty good deal. I plan on upgrading the drive to the Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB.
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Old December 15, 2009, 05:27 AM
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Actually guys, the new XPS systems are very well built. My buddy picked one up on their last Days of Deals a few months back and everything is nicely tied together and it came sporting a Delta-branded PSU.

Yustas, I see a few limiting factors in that build:

- No monitor
- 500GB HDD
- GTS 240

Alternately, you could also look at the Alienware units on the Dell site.
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Old December 15, 2009, 10:00 AM
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Yustas, I see a few limiting factors in that build:

- No monitor
- 500GB HDD
- GTS 240
I already have three monitors. As for the 500GB HDD, since I plan on getting the Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB, the 500GB HDD is already included in the price. The video card, yes, I think the GTS 260 would have been better, but it is not avaliable on the XPS 8000. I still have 7800GTX from my old XPS 400 system, which was the card to get when XPS 400 came out, but I do not know if it is better than the GTS 240. Is it?
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Old December 15, 2009, 10:35 AM
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I'm glad you found something you like. I didn't mean to hack on Dell to much, I have to admit I'm somewhat of a Dell fan, well of their Laptops anyway, only because I can't build my own. In the past Dell desktops were hard to upgrade because of proprietary connections and parts and for that reason I swore off of them entirely. I'm sure that is not the case these days, so the computer you're buying isn't a such a bad deal provided you can upgrade later.

3 monitors eh? ummmm given any thought to the new ATI cards and eyefinity?
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Old December 15, 2009, 10:44 AM
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GTS 240 = 9800GT = 8800 GT and yes, it is better than the 7800 GTX.
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Old December 15, 2009, 12:05 PM
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I just called Dell to place the order and they offered me the i7-920 for the price of i7-860. Should I take it? The i7-860 has a higher clock speed, but does it run noticeably faster (if at all) than the i7-920?
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Old December 17, 2009, 07:53 PM
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It's really cool ~ I7 975,

I guess it must be cost much electricity in use...
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Old December 17, 2009, 09:11 PM
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um there almost the same price in fact i think the 920 is cheaper. just my 2 cents
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