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Dell Studio XPS 8000, Core i7-860, 4GB Ram, 640GB, nVidia GT220, Windows 7 - £569 £569.04

£569.04 @ Dell (Business)
Seems a good price for a system with an i7-860. Use the Voucher Code LGP?PXR7ZJG4FC for this price. TopCashBack/Quidco is 3% exc VAT & Delivery which means the price is potentially ~£554 delivered. Read More
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7y, 6m agoFound 7 years, 6 months ago
Seems a good price for a system with an i7-860.
Use the Voucher Code LGP?PXR7ZJG4FC for this price.
TopCashBack/Quidco is 3% exc VAT & Delivery which means the price is potentially ~£554 delivered.
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#1
The Upgrade from 4 to 8GB of RAM is £76 after the 5% discount which is unusually good for Dell.

Catalog Number: 202 D00SX802
Intel Core i7-860 (2.80GHz, 8MB, L3 Cache)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit- English
Memory 4096MB 1067 MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [4x1024]
Keyboard Dell USB Entry Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Video Card 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce™ GT220 graphics card
Hard Drive 640GB (7200RPM) SATA
Mouse Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
Optical Devices 16X DVD+/- RW Optical Drive (DVD & CD read and write)
Sound Cards Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital
Standard Warranty 1 year of coverage included with your PC
Microsoft Application Software Microsoft Works 9
Protect your new PC McAfee® Security Centre 15 Month Protection
#2
wouldnt touch dell or any prebuilt pc...seems pretty good for the money tho...
i paid £700ish for my i5 based pc with 8gb ddr 3 1333 memory, gtx260, 1x.5tb drive and 1.5 tb drive, retail win7 32/64 bit versions based pc in an antec 990-2 case, plus other stuff eg 4gb usb stick, batman asylum
lower spec processor but faster memory, more storage, better graphics and much better vase and i know whats in mine and its easily upgradeable
#3
royals
wouldnt touch dell or any prebuilt pc...seems pretty good for the money tho...
i paid £700ish for my i5 based pc with 8gb ddr 3 1333 memory, gtx260, 1x.5tb drive and 1.5 tb drive, retail win7 32/64 bit versions based pc in an antec 990-2 case, plus other stuff eg 4gb usb stick, batman asylum
lower spec processor but faster memory, more storage, better graphics and much better [SIZE="3"]vase[/SIZE] and i know whats in mine and its easily upgradeable


Is it the PC equivalent of a VW Beetle?:p
#4
blister;7313943
Is it the PC equivalent of a VW Beetle?:p

lol - case

flowers are optional
#5
royals
wouldnt touch dell or any prebuilt pc...seems pretty good for the money tho...
i paid £700ish for my i5 based pc with 8gb ddr 3 1333 memory, gtx260, 1x.5tb drive and 1.5 tb drive, retail win7 32/64 bit versions based pc in an antec 990-2 case, plus other stuff eg 4gb usb stick, batman asylum
lower spec processor but faster memory, more storage, better graphics and much better vase and i know whats in mine and its easily upgradeable


Yawn.
#6
centaurandrew
Yawn.


Got to agree with the yawn here. I think it's well established that it's usually cheaper to build your own PC (plus you know what's in it etc) but these deals aren't aimed at people who can do that confidently.

Jeez - I'll be lucky if I can get the thing out the box :thumbsup:

PS - hot from me.
#7
Has him included the price of OS and labour?
#8
Specs:

Front Ports
USB 2.0 (2)

Rear Ports
IEEE 1394a
RJ45 10/100/1000 Network port
Line-in connector
Front L/R line-out connector
Back L/R surround connector
Side L/R surround connector
Center/subwoofer connector
Microphone connector
USB 2.0 (4)
eSATA
S/PDIF connector

Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card

Expansion Slots
PCI: 1 slot
PCIe x1: 2 slots
PCIe x16 (Graphics): 1 slot

Power: 350 Watts
#9
350 watts lol even the £199 xps 420 i got from tesco has a 375 watts
#10
csf
350 watts lol even the £199 xps 420 i got from tesco has a 375 watts

The XPS 420 generally sold for a similar price to this and a 25W difference is hardly a big deal. :thinking:
#11
im looking for a new pc in the new year to get into video and photo editing which will be HD, i have been struggling with this Core 2 duo one for most of this year, just how hard is it to build one of these machines?

Im happy to learn but i don't want to mess it up by making silly mistake, but im cheesed off with dell.

where is best place for me to start to gather knowledge of whats needed and what goes with what ?
#12
Agharta
The XPS 420 generally sold for a similar price to this and a 25W difference is hardly a big deal. :thinking:


the difference of £370 is :)
#13
katya1971
im looking for a new pc in the new year to get into video and photo editing which will be HD, i have been struggling with this Core 2 duo one for most of this year, just how hard is it to build one of these machines?

Im happy to learn but i don't want to mess it up by making silly mistake, but im cheesed off with dell.

where is best place for me to start to gather knowledge of whats needed and what goes with what ?


i would wait till the 25th till the 1st of jan and see what offers are available, previous year dell had some good offers along with pcworlds etc. would suggest a Core 2 Quad, or Core i5 or Core i7 for video edting.

for knowledge check out [url]www.tomshardware.com[/url] and [url]www.anandtech.com[/url]
#14
csf
the difference of £370 is :)

And how many people bought that model from Tesco at that price? Probably less than the difference in wattage between the two power supplies. :roll:
#15
Interesting choice in the amount of RAM. Considering the i7 loves sets of 3 sticks... 3Gb / 6Gb etc..
#16
TropicanaX
Interesting choice in the amount of RAM. Considering the i7 loves sets of 3 sticks... 3Gb / 6Gb etc..


No. i7 9X0 series CPUs like 3 or 6 sticks. i7 8X0 and i5 CPUs like RAM as paired DIMMs.
#17
TropicanaX
Interesting choice in the amount of RAM. Considering the i7 loves sets of 3 sticks... 3Gb / 6Gb etc..


i7 860 is a member of the lynnfield family. So it actually has a dual channel memory controller. Not the triple channel controllers in the bloomfield i7s.

Typical confusion with the naming scheme. You could rather say the processor is an intel i5 860. Which would make sense. But of course intel dont want the consumers to get too complacent....:roll:
#18
TropicanaX
Interesting choice in the amount of RAM. Considering the i7 loves sets of 3 sticks... 3Gb / 6Gb etc..


Hoes that work when the 860 uses a P55 board with only 2xdual channels the 860 is a 1156 socket your on about the 920 i7 which uses a X58 board 1366 socket.
#19
vulcan project is correct this would be a p55 motherboard not a x58, also six and eight core cpu's are being released in 2010 and p55 doesnt suppourt these new cpu's only x58 motherboards, its not hard to build a pc i built several when i was about 12 so not hard if your having problem check out this forum, they will happily help you out no matter how newbish your question or problems might be.

http://forum.overclock3d.net
#20
vulcanproject
i7 860 is a member of the lynnfield family. So it actually has a dual channel memory controller. Not the triple channel controllers in the bloomfield i7s.

Typical confusion with the naming scheme. You could rather say the processor is an intel i5 860. Which would make sense. But of course intel dont want the consumers to get too complacent....:roll:


Intel want to use HyperThreading to differentiate the i5 and i7 ranges rather than the socket/memory config. If your perspective is what features are visible to the customer, it sort of makes sense. If you want to buy RAM or a CPU upgrade, it's rather less helpful.
1 Like #21
Good computer tbh, you'd be hard pushed to build one yourself for that price.
#22
I've built a i5 750 with a p55-gd65 mofo.
#23
polly69
Hoes that work when the 860 uses a P55 board with only 2xdual channels the 860 is a 1156 socket your on about the 920 i7 which uses a X58 board 1366 socket.


The memory controller is now integrated into the processor itself- which vastly improves latency and bandwidth over a Front Side Bus design which usually has the controller on the motherboard, as in a northbridge. Like a core 2.
#24
xenny
Intel want to use HyperThreading to differentiate the i5 and i7 ranges rather than the socket/memory config. If your perspective is what features are visible to the customer, it sort of makes sense. If you want to buy RAM or a CPU upgrade, it's rather less helpful.


I am aware of this but clearly its a mistake on intel's part as the impact of hyperthreading on performance is much less tangible than memory bandwidth offered by a tri channel controller. But then this is the semi conductor industry, you arent allowed to have a logical naming scheme to help consumers understand what they are buying. Just ask nvidia
1 Like #25
I build my own and enjoy it, but looking at the spec for the money that is a sweet deal!
#26
vulcanproject
The memory controller is now integrated into the processor itself- which vastly improves latency and bandwidth over a Front Side Bus design which usually has the controller on the motherboard, as in a northbridge. Like a core 2.


I know that. The controller only supports duel channel on the 860 not tri channel and the p55 board doesn't support qpI as the x58 board does. p55 is a cut down board. That is what I love about this forum your not talking too some idiot.

you wouldn't struggle to build an equivalent spec machine at that price.

You will see this system drop lower in price as the big OEM's are now including USB 3 and SATA 3 on the boards where this is an old board, which is using the lowest speed DDR 3 memory you can get and USB 2.
#27
I've built a i5 750 with a p55-gd65 mofo.
#28
quackstar84
I've built a i5 750 with a p55-gd65 mofo.

Was he a bad mofo?
#29
xenny
No. i7 9X0 series CPUs like 3 or 6 sticks. i7 8X0 and i5 CPUs like RAM as paired DIMMs.


vulcanproject
i7 860 is a member of the lynnfield family. So it actually has a dual channel memory controller. Not the triple channel controllers in the bloomfield i7s.

Typical confusion with the naming scheme. You could rather say the processor is an intel i5 860. Which would make sense. But of course intel dont want the consumers to get too complacent....:roll:


polly69
Hoes that work when the 860 uses a P55 board with only 2xdual channels the 860 is a 1156 socket your on about the 920 i7 which uses a X58 board 1366 socket.


Thanks guys - Learn something new everyday :thumbsup:
#30
If you guys and gals are interested, I have a video overview of this Dell here;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVfcR_z3laI
#31
quackstar84
I've built a i5 750 with a p55-gd65 mofo.


Mofo's are way better than Mobo's :thumbsup:
#32
csf
350 watts lol even the £199 xps 420 i got from tesco has a 375 watts


Yeah but the difference is that when Dell say 375wts you get a full constant max of 375wts.

There are more than a few PSU manufacturers who love to quote much higher but brief peak ratings and cannot actually sustain that same 375wts.

I have a Dell Dimension 9200 with Q6700, 4gbs of DDR2 RAM, 2 x 1tb hard drives and an Nvidia 9600GT graphics card.

It only has a 375wt PSU but is completely stable.

Dell even offered the same PC (with a 6700 C2D, I put the quad in myself) with an Nvidia 8800GTX and that same 375wt PSU.

I have to agree with many of the comments so far, just like happened with my own 9200, I couldn't build a PC myself to the same specs for that sort of money.

Hot.
#33
vulcanproject
I am aware of this but clearly its a mistake on intel's part as the impact of hyperthreading on performance is much less tangible than memory bandwidth offered by a tri channel controller.


I'd disagree. Look at http://www.insidehw.com/Reviews/Memory/Intel-Core-i7-Dual-Channel-vs.-Triple-Channel-Memory-Mode/Page-3.html for example.

There's precious little difference in performance in most cases between dual and triple channel mode with the quad core CPUs.

For the right application, I can get about a 15 % performance gain from HT, which is far better than anything that triple channel memory gives me in any of the benchmarks on that page.

I suspect the real reason that the high end CPU/socket is triple channel is to provide enough bandwidth for the upcoming six core CPUs.
#34
vulcanproject
I am aware of this but clearly its a mistake on intel's part as the impact of hyperthreading on performance is much less tangible than memory bandwidth offered by a tri channel controller.

All the data that I’ve seen suggests the opposite. The difference between dual and tri channel averages just under 5% in the largest test I read and the few applications that gained such as archiving programmes aren’t exactly crying out for the boost. Whereas many multimedia applications can benefit much more from hyper-threading; 15 to 30% is not uncommon and they need all the help they can get.

For machines like this which can’t be over-clocked the i7-860 will almost always be faster than the i7-920 as it has a faster clock speed and uses more aggressive turbo boost settings which helps with applications that can only use 1 to 4 threads.

The LGA1366 platform does have advantages but for typical home usage the LGA1156 platform makes more sense even if there was no price differential.
#35
xenny
I suspect the real reason that the high end CPU/socket is triple channel is to provide enough bandwidth for the upcoming six core CPUs.

It’s there because the LGA1366 platform was first and foremost designed for dual socket workstations/servers where the extra memory bandwidth is more useful. The single socket version inherits that feature as it didn’t make financial sense to engineer a separate version with a dual channel controller especially as it was always intended as a high end platform so the extra features help to differentiate it from the mainstream LGA1156 platform that came out later.
#36
My first thought was that the hard drive was a little small, especially as I use a PC for storing images. The upgrades are unbelievably overpriced, when to upgrade from 640GB to 750GB costs £60 when a 1TB drive can be bought for less than this.
1 Like #37
royals
wouldnt touch dell or any prebuilt pc...seems pretty good for the money tho...
i paid £700ish for my i5 based pc with 8gb ddr 3 1333 memory, gtx260, 1x.5tb drive and 1.5 tb drive, retail win7 32/64 bit versions based pc in an antec 990-2 case, plus other stuff eg 4gb usb stick, batman asylum
lower spec processor but faster memory, more storage, better graphics and much better vase and i know whats in mine and its easily upgradeable


Quite simply, matey....no-one here either knows or cares what you built yadda, yadda, yadda zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz:whistling:

.... the deal is good enough to be voted Hot.....you're boring enough to be voted a nerd.....
suspended#38
royals
wouldnt touch dell or any prebuilt pc...seems pretty good for the money tho...
i paid £700ish for my i5 based pc with 8gb ddr 3 1333 memory, gtx260, 1x.5tb drive and 1.5 tb drive, retail win7 32/64 bit versions based pc in an antec 990-2 case, plus other stuff eg 4gb usb stick, batman asylum
lower spec processor but faster memory, more storage, better graphics and much better vase and i know whats in mine and its easily upgradeable

5 tb drive?
#39
jameslaw123
5 tb drive?


1x.5tb drive

Pesky little period there. He means 500gb ;)

Although I built a i7 920 system back at the beginning of 2009 and love it to bits, if I was getting a new PC now, I would go for a i5/i7 skt 1156 build - better bang for buck.

Graphics card on this might be a little bit poor in comparision to the rest of the build, but, hot deal none the less!
#40
Could you slot an ATI 5750 or 5770 in this thing, even with the PSU!? :)

Also, I'm sorry but I don't care what people say - you'd be really hard pushed to build a PC even close to this price.

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