Dell Studio XPS 8100 - Core i7- Nvidia GTS240 Graphics - 6GB DDR3 Ram - 1.5TB HDD - Next Day In-Home Service (Usually £120) - £676.11 Delivered - HotUKDeals
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This ecode has just become available, and what a good deal it is!
Use Code 3GWPDDLNKL$HMH for this price

This code includes Next Day In-Home Service at no extra cost!! Worth £120. The system includes a £329 discount anyway, plus an extra 10% on top!

Intel Core i7 Processor 860 (2.80GHz, 8MB)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
6144MB (2x2GB) (2x1GB)1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Memory
1GB Nvidia GeForce GTS 240
Hard Drive 1.5TB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive

Not the greatest of graphics cards, but you can upgrade to a ati 5770 for £70.
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#1
The Dell website is appallingly bad. It just freezes whenever I try to customise the PC or switch to list view. Absolutely shambolic.
#2
Bear in mind this is a Lynnfield based processor. Still an excellent processor but worth knowing as it will affect future upgrade options.
#3
MBeeching
Bear in mind this is a Lynnfield based processor. Still an excellent processor but worth knowing as it will affect future upgrade options.


Can you give us a quick explanation on what you've said please? Is this about the socket or clocking?
#4
stefor
Can you give us a quick explanation on what you've said please? Is this about the socket or clocking?


This is a P55 Chipset, LGA1156 socket. It uses dual channel memory.

An X58 Chipset has an LGA1366 socket and uses triple chanel memory.

You get different i7 processors on each platform (that covers the basics anyway).




Edited By: MBeeching on Aug 31, 2010 18:16: Update
#5
This is only really a good deal if you want the on-site next day service and are happy to compromise on a crappy GFX card as a result.

I would rather have a better discount on components which would push the spec above what you normally get with Dell.
#6
agreed the graphics are crap but sufficient for most people.. with a upgrade you'd be looking at a great machine for £800ish
#7
MBeeching
stefor
Can you give us a quick explanation on what you've said please? Is this about the socket or clocking?


This is a P55 Chipset, LGA1156 socket. It uses dual channel memory.

An X58 Chipset has an LGA1366 socket and uses triple chanel memory.

You get different i7 processors on each platform (that covers the basics anyway).





Thanks for that. I'm soooo behind now when it comes to inside the PC .
#8
Sweetchuck
The Dell website is appallingly bad. It just freezes whenever I try to customise the PC or switch to list view. Absolutely shambolic.

It's probably just your pc, maybe you need a new one! Hey isnt that ironic.. ;)
#9
also theres more crap talked about processors than came out of king kongs ass
#10
Overall probably a good deal.

BUT, I recently had a Dell XPS from a few years ago and the PSU was very noisy. Apparently, this system Dell Studio XPS 8100 only has a 350W PSU, which is not ideal really - 500W would be more suitable - especially given the amount of components in here. I don't know much about the new Dell PSUs, and how quiet they are, but if it's 350W, it means that the PSU would have to work closer to capacity and thus make more noise.

Personally, I'd buy from aria and spec it exactly how you want - they'll build it for you at a reasonable price too.
#11
yeah freezes a lot!....
#12
MBeeching
Bear in mind this is a Lynnfield based processor. Still an excellent processor but worth knowing as it will affect future upgrade options.

what the hell are you on about how will it affect upgrades? you can upgrade every part of it and Intel have just dropped the price by half of the 870 i7 which is one of the fastest CPU there is and only intels extreme i7 gets near it. Its also intels latest motherboard socket so should be good for a decent while and these CPU's overclock mentally and there about to release the 32nm parts so how is upgrades out? you my friend are talking utter rubbish Lynnfield might only support 4 channel memory but the clock speeds it does support are way higher than bloomfield.

Before you open your mouth at least know what your talking about the only difference is how many 16x lanes the PCIe can have the P55 cant support as many as the X58 but thats a trade off and if you cant use 2x super fast GPU's and get what you need dont buy a PC at all as how many people do quad sli or crossfire and if they do its not a Dell they would use.

Edited By: polly69 on Aug 31, 2010 21:18: idots
#13
I have one of these - I bought a "scratched and damaged" unit from Dell Outlet - damage was two minor scratches. Here are the windows 7 states for those that are interesed - note I have a C300 128GB SSD as my main drive so don't expect 7.6 from your disk with a Winchester Disk (regular hard drive):
http://i52.tinypic.com/o7m4xt.jpg

Edited By: albal on Sep 01, 2010 08:21: Update img link
#14
albal
I have one of these - I bought a "scratched and damaged" unit from Dell Outlet - damage was two minor scratches. Here are the windows 7 states for those that are interesed - note I have a C300 128GB SSD as my main drive so don't expect 7.6 from your disk with a Winchester Disk (regular hard drive):
http://tinypic.com/r/o7m4xt/7


What did you pay may I ask?
#15
Interesting I only have a Q9650 and corsair dominator ddr2 memory and I get 7.5 for cpu and memory maybe I dont need the i7 and ddr3 for awhile yet.
#16
Cronik1983
Interesting I only have a Q9650 and corsair dominator ddr2 memory and I get 7.5 for cpu and memory maybe I dont need the i7 and ddr3 for awhile yet.

The i7 is faster than that by some margin i wouldn't take any notice of the windows rating at all my i5 750 at 4ghz only scores the same as my daughters Q6600 even though in the real world it murders it she also has 8gb of ddr2 1000mhz OCZ platinum and that scores the same as my corsair ddr3 1600mhz gt memory i don't know how it works them out but its no reflection as to the true speed of the hardware. You would be better served looking at benchmarks on the web to see just how much faster it is than the C2Q but its a lot even though your cpu was one of the top end core2's its old now compared to there flagship i7 it olny just edges out the i5 750 but thats at stock with the i5 at 3.7-4.2ghz which 90% will do it also beats your C2D easily.


benchmark here and your old core2 gets whipped by a a lot
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html


Edited By: polly69 on Aug 31, 2010 22:58: hope this helps
#17
Intel are dropping the 1156 socket to 1155. Thats right one bloody pin less. Sod Intel I'm going AMD next after this.
banned#18
albal
I have one of these - I bought a "scratched and damaged" unit from Dell Outlet - damage was two minor scratches. Here are the windows 7 states for those that are interesed - note I have a C300 128GB SSD as my main drive so don't expect 7.6 from your disk with a Winchester Disk (regular hard drive):http://tinypic.com/r/o7m4xt/7

lol you dont hear the winchester phrase anymore for hard drives!
#19
polly69
MBeeching
Bear in mind this is a Lynnfield based processor. Still an excellent processor but worth knowing as it will affect future upgrade options.


what the hell are you on about how will it affect upgrades? you can upgrade every part of it and Intel have just dropped the price by half of the 870 i7 which is one of the fastest CPU there is and only intels extreme i7 gets near it. Its also intels latest motherboard socket so should be good for a decent while and these CPU's overclock mentally and there about to release the 32nm parts so how is upgrades out? you my friend are talking utter rubbish Lynnfield might only support 4 channel memory but the clock speeds it does support are way higher than bloomfield.

Before you open your mouth at least know what your talking about the only difference is how many 16x lanes the PCIe can have the P55 cant support as many as the X58 but thats a trade off and if you cant use 2x super fast GPU's and get what you need dont buy a PC at all as how many people do quad sli or crossfire and if they do its not a Dell they would use.


Jesus *****, I built my own system around P55 - calm down! Of course there are upgrade options for both platforms but they will differ depending on your choice of base component.

I love my build but I do think X58 would have been worth spending that little bit extra (Mainly due to advances of further cores and i9 on X58).
I'd love to argue but at least spend the evening having a few beers first :p





Edited By: MBeeching on Sep 01, 2010 01:34: Update
#20
leecher
albal
I have one of these - I bought a "scratched and damaged" unit from Dell Outlet - damage was two minor scratches. Here are the windows 7 states for those that are interesed - note I have a C300 128GB SSD as my main drive so don't expect 7.6 from your disk with a Winchester Disk (regular hard drive):http://tinypic.com/r/o7m4xt/7
What did you pay may I ask?

£535 including VAT and Delivery
#21
Whilst this isn't a bad price (though I'd try to buy it on the Dell refurbished site to get it cheaper), it is seriously flawed by the weak graphics, you are paying alot just for the proccessor.

If you want a performance PC (ie for gaming, CAD or video editing) concentrate on the graphics card rather than the CPU. If you are after a general use PC, don't pay premium for new released or top end components, buy the very decent mid-spec (lower end mid spec at that) you will get 80% of the top end performance component's speed for 1/3 to 1/2 the price, most 3 year old CPUs are still more processing power than most people will ever need (gamers included), the graphics cards are nearly always the weakest points in most PCs, especially in this age of cheap large monitors and multiple displays.

Edited By: BlueSmirnoff on Sep 01, 2010 09:16: Spelling
#22
albal
I have one of these - I bought a "scratched and damaged" unit from Dell Outlet - damage was two minor scratches. Here are the windows 7 states for those that are interesed - note I have a C300 128GB SSD as my main drive so don't expect 7.6 from your disk with a Winchester Disk (regular hard drive):http://i52.tinypic.com/o7m4xt.jpg


my 3 year old q6600 sores 7.3

8gb ddr2 ram sore 7.1

vga 7.5 (both)

hdd 5.9 :-( even on raid 0, same score with 1 drive too.

can't say the cpus have progressed in the last 3 years buy much, the Q6600 still kiks butts

this system at this price too me is cold.
at this price one expects better graphics, don't think you can upgrade later either, well you can but you will have to change your PSU too as dell only supply what is needed for that configaration, and little extra,

funny think is to upgrade from i7 860 to i7 870 dell charge £250 and £340 for the 880,

the 870 retials for £250 on its own the 860 sells for £210 so should be £40-50 diff in price to upgrade but £250 dam.

anyone considering this should, think about building onw them, for this price or little more can build much better system.

I like dell minis and some laptops if on offer but pcs are a rip off




Edited By: tigger80 on Sep 01, 2010 10:03: added
#23
BlueSmirnoff
Whilst this isn't a bad price (though I'd try to buy it on the Dell refurbished site to get it cheaper), it is seriously flawed by the weak graphics, you are paying alot just for the proccessor.If you want a performance PC (ie for gaming, CAD or video editing) concentrate on the graphics card rather than the CPU. If you are after a general use PC, don't pay premium for new released or top end components, buy the very decent mid-spec (lower end mid spec at that) you will get 80% of the top end performance component's speed for 1/3 to 1/2 the price, most 3 year old CPUs are still more processing power than most people will ever need (gamers included), the graphics cards are nearly always the weakest points in most PCs, especially in this age of cheap large monitors and multiple displays.

I would agree and disagree.

The CPU is important for games, some newer games do require good cpus, also GPU (openGL) acceleration is only offerd with some highend software such as adobe photoshpo CS4/5 but CPU power is required too, also for CAD one requires nvidia telsa / quadro type GPU's which are very very expensive and useless for games for the most part.

so i7 860 with a ati 5850 / nvidia gtx460 would make a decent allrounder also 6-8GB of ram for this price, go with a £100 motherboard and £80 psu

Edited By: tigger80 on Sep 01, 2010 10:06: added
#24
so...if i get this system and upgrade the graphics card is it a good deal or not?
I will use the machine for gaming primarily, but dont have the technical knowledge to know one comonent from another.
Is the PSU a problem?
1 Like #25
I bought a Studio 8100 XPS back in June, mine has the i5-750 CPU with 8gb ram etc and I must say what a brilliant PC it is, the PC is so quiet that it is impossible to tell whether it's running or not if the monitor is off.

A very good buy IMHO.
1 Like #26
I can't get this link to work properly. Like the second poster said, every time I click on either 'Switch to List View' or 'Next Component' the site just hangs. This has happened on 3 different computers I've tried since last night and whichever browser I've tried. Other systems on Dell still allow me to configure, but for some reason not this one.

Has anyone got an alternative (non affiliate) link I could try? Any other suggestions?

EDIT: I've found a link that works http://search.dell.co.uk/1/1/125403-dell-studio-xps-8100-desktop.html

Cheers

Edited By: beardyweirdy on Sep 01, 2010 16:25: Found answer to own question
1 Like #27
no onsite hardware warranty though...

Edited By: brammers247 on Sep 01, 2010 17:29: mistake
1 Like #28
brammers247
no onsite hardware warranty though...


The warranty deal expired yesterday anyway.
#29
As I have found out at when I tried to order today. They told me it finished at midnight tonight when I asked yesterday, but then today it has never existed...
#30
The graphics card is not that bad especially if you are more into video editing than gaming. The Nvidia GTS240 is a re-badged 9800 GTX but with 112 cores instead of 128 but the same 70.4 GB/s bandwidth. Got one of these Dell oem cards cheap on ebay recently and the 112 cuda cores make processing of H.264 MPEG-4 HD video super quick. It will also hardware accelerate Photoshop CS4 and 5 unlike ATI cards.
I can play Crysis warhead, COD 5 etc perfectly well on a 1680 x 1050 monitor and that's with an old core2duo @ 2.4mhz. Fan is very quiet and cools well despite the 7 series retro look.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gts_240_us.html

http://i51.tinypic.com/criur.jpg

Edited By: toaster on Sep 02, 2010 00:15: whim
#31
is this deal on still? x
#32
lovetolaugh
is this deal on still? x


Try reading the rest of the thread. Your question is answered just two posts above yours, FFS.
#33
Sweetchuck
lovetolaugh
is this deal on still? x
Try reading the rest of the thread. Your question is answered just two posts above yours, FFS.

Thanks very much for your help hunnie, much appreciated.
Anyhoo I tried ordering this last night but the Dell website was extremely slowww and kept timing out so I was just wandering (before trying to go through all of that again) did anyone know if this price was still available? As it was last night. Thankyou x
1 Like #34
@Lovetolaugh - the price is still valid, but no longer includes the next day on-site warranty (back to the standard 12 month return to base). I couldn't get the link in the OP to work properly (it kept hanging for me), follow the link in my earlier post and the configuration page works fine.
#35
beardyweirdy
@Lovetolaugh - the price is still valid, but no longer includes the next day on-site warranty (back to the standard 12 month return to base). I couldn't get the link in the OP to work properly (it kept hanging for me), follow the link in my earlier post and the configuration page works fine.

Thank you much appreciate d
#36
is the £70 upgraded graphics card worth it on the system?
#37
tigger80
albal
I have one of these - I bought a "scratched and damaged" unit from Dell Outlet - damage was two minor scratches. Here are the windows 7 states for those that are interesed - note I have a C300 128GB SSD as my main drive so don't expect 7.6 from your disk with a Winchester Disk (regular hard drive):http://i52.tinypic.com/o7m4xt.jpg


How do i do this on my old XP desktop????


my 3 year old q6600 sores 7.3

8gb ddr2 ram sore 7.1

vga 7.5 (both)

hdd 5.9 :-( even on raid 0, same score with 1 drive too.

can't say the cpus have progressed in the last 3 years buy much, the Q6600 still kiks butts

this system at this price too me is cold.
at this price one expects better graphics, don't think you can upgrade later either, well you can but you will have to change your PSU too as dell only supply what is needed for that configaration, and little extra,

funny think is to upgrade from i7 860 to i7 870 dell charge £250 and £340 for the 880,

the 870 retials for £250 on its own the 860 sells for £210 so should be £40-50 diff in price to upgrade but £250 dam.

anyone considering this should, think about building onw them, for this price or little more can build much better system.

I like dell minis and some laptops if on offer but pcs are a rip off



#38
How do i do a Windows experince index check on my desktop as i dont seem to have an option for it in my control panel?

Im using Windows XP.
#39
iambalrog
is the £70 upgraded graphics card worth it on the system?

I wouldn't bother - I'd get the system as is, see if it did what I wanted, and if not, I'd sell the GTS240 (ebay £40-£55 easily) and buy a Nvidia GTX460 for £150, which would be way better than a 5770.
#40
arsenal79place
How do i do a Windows experince index check on my desktop as i dont seem to have an option for it in my control panel?

Im using Windows XP.


I don't remember this feature being available in XP, unless it was introduced with Service Pack 3. Think it was introduced in Vista.

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