Dell XPS 17 i7-2630QM (2GHz Quad Sandy Bridge), 4GB DDR3, 640GB, 1GB nVidia GT 550M, 9 Cell, 17.3" 1600x900 Screen - £719.10 Delivered @ Dell (+ Possible Quidco) - HotUKDeals
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Bit lower spec than the previous i7 XPS 17 here (http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/dell-xps-17-i7-2630qm-2ghz-quad-sandy-bridge-6gb-ddr3-640gb-3gb-nvidia-gt-555m-9/901920/#post10883031) with lower RAM and lower graphics card, but also a big drop in price!

I think this deal is better than the other one as the 1gb graphics card and the 4gb RAM should be adequare for 99% of users (I use 4gb RAM in my Phenom X4 desktop and it works perfectly and quick).

For this price use Voucher Code C8PKZD4JHTW448 (this voucher code is new). Go through Quidco (6%) and enter Dell Part number N00X7M05.

**Next to the most important elements of the spec.

Yes, I know that unfortunately, the screen isn't 1080 HD, but it's not far off!

Not sure what others think, the extra graphics card and RAM is also available but is an extra £70 (after the 10% voucher) or so.



- Dell XPS 17
**Base 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM processor 2.00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
**Memory 4096MB (2x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel SDRAM
Keyboard Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard
**Video Card 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 550M Graphics Card
**Hard Drive 640GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
Optical Devices DVD+/-RW (DVD, CD read and write)
Wireless Networking Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000 (EUR)
Cables UK 250V Power Cord
Shipping Documents English Documentation
Gedis Bundle Reference N02X7M06
Standard Warranty 1 year Collect & Return Hardware Support included with your PC
Enhanced Service Packs 1 year of coverage included with your PC
Integrated Mobile Broadband Mobile Broadband Not Included
Order Information XPS L702x Order - UK
Primary Battery 9-cell 90Whr Lithium Ion battery
Carrying Cases No Carrying Case
Dell System Media Kit XPS L702x Resource DVD
Color Choice Silver Anodized Aluminum Cover
Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Protection
Online Backup DataSafe Online Backup 2GB - 1 year licence
TV Tuner and Remote Control TvTuner Not Included
**LCD 17.3" HD+ WLED True-Life (1600x900) with 2.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera
DataSafe Datasafe Local 2.3 Basic
Microsoft Application Software No productivity Software selected
Protect your new PC McAfee® SecurityCenter 15 Month Subscription
Power Supply 150W AC Adaptor
Operating System Recovery Options OS Windows® Recovery Media Not included
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1 Like #1
Oh, I do love how the laptop at £879 (less voucher) has "FREE" upgraded RAM and graphics. Free eh? Lol.
#2
What's more worrying is it will cost you £350.00 to upgrade the processor to the i7-2820QM oO
#3
Considering the other Sandy Bridge laptops are all the 2630 at 2ghz, this is the same.

If voting cold, please say why as this is the cheapest i7 Sandy Bridge I have seen, especially at 17 inches!
#4
£71 at Crucial will get you two 4gb simms and you get to keep anything Dell fit, My custom XPS17 now has 12gb. One thing the above spec doesn't tell you is there is a 2nd hard drive slot free. I didn't know till I opened it up to fit the ram.
#5
Man, I was about to buy this but it's gone freezing here which has shocked me. £70 less, for an almost identical 17 inch 2nd gen spec as before!
#6
Doesn't the 17 incher come with 1080p?
Why do these have 900p screens?
#7
pKaTz
Doesn't the 17 incher come with 1080p?
Why do these have 900p screens?

If you customise it yes but it cost me £200 to up it to the full HD + 3D screen I have now, and 3 weeks to get it
#8
I am trying to buy a laptop at the moment but getting more confused by the second? I'd really appreciate it if someone could answer me a few questions:-

1. How can I tell is a processor is a SandyBridge? They still seem to use the i3, i5 and i7 names, so is there a list of the codes that come afterwards which will tell me if it's SandyBridge or not?

2. How can I tell is a screen is considered full HD? Is it a minimum resolution or something else?

3. I am looking at 15.6" laptops as they seem the best size for my needs - is it possible for them to have full HD screens or are they too small for that? If it is possible for them to be full HD, is it worth getting or will it cause other issues? I would quite like a BluRay drive but not vital.

Thank you.
#9
t4v
£71 at Crucial will get you two 4gb simms and you get to keep anything Dell fit, My custom XPS17 now has 12gb. One thing the above spec doesn't tell you is there is a 2nd hard drive slot free. I didn't know till I opened it up to fit the ram.


Hi t4v, can you please let me know the number of memory slots available, apparently the older model(1st gen) had more than 4 slots

Edited By: deepu25 on Apr 06, 2011 22:34
1 Like #10
RSteve
1. How can I tell is a processor is a SandyBridge? They still seem to use the i3, i5 and i7 names, so is there a list of the codes that come afterwards which will tell me if it's SandyBridge or not?


What I've done before is google the full name. Such as i7-2630QM. Google that, and notebookcheck.net (first link) tells you whether it's Sandy Bridge or Clarksfield.

RSteve
2. How can I tell is a screen is considered full HD? Is it a minimum resolution or something else?


On a 17 inch, FHD is 1920x1080 rather than 1600x900.

RSteve
3. I am looking at 15.6" laptops as they seem the best size for my needs - is it possible for them to have full HD screens or are they too small for that? If it is possible for them to be full HD, is it worth getting or will it cause other issues? I would quite like a BluRay drive but not vital.


From my understanding, yes, they can be FHD but again, the price increase is substantial.

Hope that helps.
#11
deepu25
t4v
£71 at Crucial will get you two 4gb simms and you get to keep anything Dell fit, My custom XPS17 now has 12gb. One thing the above spec doesn't tell you is there is a 2nd hard drive slot free. I didn't know till I opened it up to fit the ram.


Hi t4v, can you please let me know the number of memory slots available, apparently the older model(1st gen) had more than 4 slots


Agreed, this would be helpful, particular for this i7 XPS 17.
#12
deepu25
t4v
£71 at Crucial will get you two 4gb simms and you get to keep anything Dell fit, My custom XPS17 now has 12gb. One thing the above spec doesn't tell you is there is a 2nd hard drive slot free. I didn't know till I opened it up to fit the ram.


Hi t4v, can you please let me know the number of memory slots available, apparently the older model(1st gen) had more than 4 slots

I ordered my L702X with the standard spec of 4gb (as it was MUCH MUCH cheaper to go elsewhere to up it) it arrived with 2x2gb, with 2 more slots free.

I believe the L701X (the previous XPS17) only had 2 slots but don't quote me on that.


Edited By: t4v on Apr 06, 2011 22:46
#13
Here a question for you, I've been told that the spare drive bay will only take 9.5mm drives. Anyone know if a 1TB 9.5mm drive is on the way or should I just go for this one?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750gb-seagate-momentus-25-notebook-hdd-sata-3gb-s-7200rpm-16mb-cache-11-ms
#14
I did a check and just asked Dell online, and this is what they said about the RAM slots, unfortunately:

GPU/Motherboard options are as follows:
1. NVIDIA GT 550M 1GB, 2 RAM slots, with 3D support.
2. NVIDIA GT 550M 1GB, 2 RAM slots, without 3D support.
3. NVIDIA GT 555M 3GB, 2 RAM slots, without 3D support.
4. NVIDIA GT 555M 3GB, 4 RAM slots, with 3D support.

So to get four slots, we have to pay more for the most expensive card!
#15
ah, well I have #4 of those options, sorry if I wasnt that helpful after all.
#16
t4v
ah, well I have #4 of those options, sorry if I wasnt that helpful after all.


I reckon only worth getting #4 if you have the FHD screen?
#17
AV1985
t4v
ah, well I have #4 of those options, sorry if I wasnt that helpful after all.


I reckon only worth getting #4 if you have the FHD screen?

Probably, you'll need a lot of power for dealling with 3D, but they don't even supply you with a pair of glasses.

Edited By: t4v on Apr 06, 2011 23:11
#18
t4v
AV1985
t4v
ah, well I have #4 of those options, sorry if I wasnt that helpful after all.


I reckon only worth getting #4 if you have the FHD screen?

Probably, you'll need a lot of power for dealling with 3D, but they don't even supply you with a pair of glasses.


What do you think about just having 4gb? In my own experience, that should be enough. My own desktop, which is pretty powerful only has 4gb!
#19
AV1985
RSteve
1. How can I tell is a processor is a SandyBridge? They still seem to use the i3, i5 and i7 names, so is there a list of the codes that come afterwards which will tell me if it's SandyBridge or not?

What I've done before is google the full name. Such as i7-2630QM. Google that, and notebookcheck.net (first link) tells you whether it's Sandy Bridge or Clarksfield.

RSteve
2. How can I tell is a screen is considered full HD? Is it a minimum resolution or something else?

On a 17 inch, FHD is 1920x1080 rather than 1600x900.

RSteve
3. I am looking at 15.6" laptops as they seem the best size for my needs - is it possible for them to have full HD screens or are they too small for that? If it is possible for them to be full HD, is it worth getting or will it cause other issues? I would quite like a BluRay drive but not vital.

From my understanding, yes, they can be FHD but again, the price increase is substantial.

Hope that helps.

Many, many thanks. Really appreciate it.
#20
AV1985
t4v
AV1985
t4v
ah, well I have #4 of those options, sorry if I wasnt that helpful after all.


I reckon only worth getting #4 if you have the FHD screen?

Probably, you'll need a lot of power for dealling with 3D, but they don't even supply you with a pair of glasses.


What do you think about just having 4gb? In my own experience, that should be enough. My own desktop, which is pretty powerful only has 4gb!

I spent a week before I up'ed mine. During that time I had a lot (20+ browser Tabs, Excel, uTorrent, iTunes & others) open all at once but the task mangler told me I had used over 80% of the 4gb. Now the page file was probably in play a lot there as since I upgraded to 12gb I'm using about 4.5gb.

Now if all the above sounds like a lot of apps open for you then maybe you don't need as much as 12gb but for £71 you can pull what Dell put in (and sell it?) and replace it with 8gb. That should keep you covered.
#21
t4v
AV1985
t4v
AV1985
t4v
ah, well I have #4 of those options, sorry if I wasnt that helpful after all.


I reckon only worth getting #4 if you have the FHD screen?

Probably, you'll need a lot of power for dealling with 3D, but they don't even supply you with a pair of glasses.


What do you think about just having 4gb? In my own experience, that should be enough. My own desktop, which is pretty powerful only has 4gb!

I spent a week before I up'ed mine. During that time I had a lot (20+ browser Tabs, Excel, uTorrent, iTunes & others) open all at once but the task mangler told me I had used over 80% of the 4gb. Now the page file was probably in play a lot there as since I upgraded to 12gb I'm using about 4.5gb.

Now if all the above sounds like a lot of apps open for you then maybe you don't need as much as 12gb but for £71 you can pull what Dell put in (and sell it?) and replace it with 8gb. That should keep you covered.


I often have 20 or so browser tabs, word, itunes, maybe kmplayer, utorrent all running in the background. Sometimes I have Assasin's Creed Brotherhood too (though not with itunes, kmplayer too!) That's the max really and I notice no lag so I think 4gb will be more than enough for 90% of people though of course, more is better.

But yeah, I'm sure you can sell the 4gb for maybe £30, buy the 8gb for £71 and it'll be a £40 upgrade rather than the £80 Dell charge!

Does replacing the RAM in the laptop negate the warranty?
#22
RSteve
3. I am looking at 15.6" laptops as they seem the best size for my needs - is it possible for them to have full HD screens or are they too small for that? If it is possible for them to be full HD, is it worth getting or will it cause other issues? I would quite like a BluRay drive but not vital.

Thank you.


Assuming by Full HD you mean 1920 x 1080 (unfortunately its not a well defined term) that is the minimum I'd want on a 15" laptop, let alone a 17". I've had several 15" laptops with WUXGA screens (1920 x 1200), am typing on a Vaio P series (8" @ 1600 x 768) and my next laptop will probably be a Vaio Z (13" @ 1920 x 1080).

In my experience very few people are regularly processor (or most other hardware apart from HDD) bound. Yet they will rarely consider the increase in productivity extra screen real estate can offer.

Ofcourse this doesn't apply to everyone, I'm simply trying to provide some balance to the fastest latest processor/12GB is best mantra that unfortunately dominates the market way too much IMO.
#23
AV1985
t4v
AV1985
t4v
AV1985
t4v
ah, well I have #4 of those options, sorry if I wasnt that helpful after all.


I reckon only worth getting #4 if you have the FHD screen?

Probably, you'll need a lot of power for dealling with 3D, but they don't even supply you with a pair of glasses.


What do you think about just having 4gb? In my own experience, that should be enough. My own desktop, which is pretty powerful only has 4gb!

I spent a week before I up'ed mine. During that time I had a lot (20+ browser Tabs, Excel, uTorrent, iTunes & others) open all at once but the task mangler told me I had used over 80% of the 4gb. Now the page file was probably in play a lot there as since I upgraded to 12gb I'm using about 4.5gb.

Now if all the above sounds like a lot of apps open for you then maybe you don't need as much as 12gb but for £71 you can pull what Dell put in (and sell it?) and replace it with 8gb. That should keep you covered.


I often have 20 or so browser tabs, word, itunes, maybe kmplayer, utorrent all running in the background. Sometimes I have Assasin's Creed Brotherhood too (though not with itunes, kmplayer too!) That's the max really and I notice no lag so I think 4gb will be more than enough for 90% of people though of course, more is better.

But yeah, I'm sure you can sell the 4gb for maybe £30, buy the 8gb for £71 and it'll be a £40 upgrade rather than the £80 Dell charge!

Does replacing the RAM in the laptop negate the warranty?



Nope, its just a one screw panel, which gives you access to the RAM and drive slots.

Looks like this:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/dell-xps-studio-xps/562138-dell-xps-17-l702x-thread-46.html

The service manual is available to download from Dell's website.

BTW the RAM slot's are in pairs, 2 on top of 2.


Edited By: t4v on Apr 06, 2011 23:36
#24
This is still available with voucher code C8PKZD4JHTW448
#25
Seems to have gone now
#26
zwarder
Seems to have gone now


What makes you think this? Definitely still available!
#27
Took the plunge after months of looking around and ordered this today, very pleased with myself!
#28
amazing deal hope there will be more by the time the 19th comes around when i come to order one :(
#29
Got one! 27th this month it'll be here with the 555m 3gb and 6gb ram thanks heat added
#30
ponadok
Got one! 27th this month it'll be here with the 555m 3gb and 6gb ram thanks heat added

How much for that with those extras?
#31
including delivery took it upto 805

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