Dell XPS 420 Desktop base unit. Quadcore 2.4Ghz, 3gig RAM, 500Gb Hard disk, 8800 GTX (768mb) graphics for £797.11 - HotUKDeals
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Components
Premium Chassis - Intel® 2 Quad-Core Processor Q6600 (2.40GHz, 1066MHz, 8MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
Base Warranty - 1 Year XPS Premium Hardware Support (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)
Monitor Not included
3072MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024/2x512]
640GB Dual Hard Drive Raid 0 Stripe (2x320GB - 7200rpm)
SINGLE 768MB nVidia® GeForce® 8800 GTX graphics card
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
Dell Enhanced USB Multimedia Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell Optical Scroll Premium Mouse
Accessories
Sound Blaster® X-Fi Xtreme Gamer PCI Soundcard
No Speakers
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
No Modem
Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
Services & Software
No Accidental Damage Support
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
Also Includes
XPS 420 English Documentation with UK/Irish Power Cord
D01X405
XPS Desktop Order - UK
Base Warranty - 1 Year XPS Premium Hardware Support (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)
XPS 420 Resource DVD

EDIT: Price now more (£797.11) as there is a £60 delivery charge at the end!
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#1
Just a heads up to PC Checker as I found the deal via their forum
#2
Graphics aside, wasn't this similar to the expired one for £580?
#3
I didn't think so - I never noticed one with such a high graphics card posted??? Sorry if a dupe
suspended#4
looks good to me. they could have put in the 800mhz ram tho to make it perfect
#5
2x320GB RAID 0 stripe?

Double the chance of losing 640gb of data!
Would be pretty speedy though I suppose.
banned#6
I bought an XPS420 before christmas, and the computer has seemed slower than my P4.

The spec of mine was a Q6600 with 3gb 800mhz ram etc etc.

The item was shipped with incorrect drivers, the cursor wouldn't position correctly on the screen due to incorrect drivers for the video card, firewire ports didn't work, my upgraded bluetooth keyboard and mouse were a joke and I have had to buy extra things to get the thing working, memory card reader didn't work correctly.

I'm still in discussions with them to try and get all these things fixed.

Not good when spending so much money on a PC, you expect at least the simple things to work like the mouse and keyboard and graphics card. I'm not sure they even have a QC department by the looks of things.

Also, it took 11 days for the initial reply to my email listing all my problems. I could've phoned, but then it would've cost me a fortune in premium rate phone numbers.

I honestly wouldn't recommend this PC to anyone, the only plus point is the looks of the base unit, that's it really.
#7
hmm getting that one on monday. hopefully the driver probs been sorted out by now. Dont want the free keyboard and mouse anyway.

Anyone else got this system? comments apreciated.
#8
cornish;1507355
hmm getting that one on monday. hopefully the driver probs been sorted out by now. Dont want the free keyboard and mouse anyway.

Anyone else got this system? comments apreciated.

I've got a very similar system (with the 8800 GT video card as opposed to the 8800 GTX) which I received last week. My experience has been completely different and I think this is a fantastic machine.

I've had most kinds of Dell desktops - Dimension 8400, 9100, 9150 and 9200 through to the monster XPS Generation 5 with an Intel extreme processor - and this is the best one I have had. I upgraded from a Dimension 9200 with a 2.66GHz core duo processor and 8600 GTS and this new machine literally flies and I am delighted with it - performance is stunning and it looks very cool.

Regarding drivers, I have had no problems however I did update the video card drivers to the latest Nforce drivers as I usually do. In the past when I have used Dell support I have never had anything less than exceptional customer service - that 11 day wait for an email response seems very unusual to me however if you do have problems Dell have an online chat facility which you can use during working hours to speak online with a technician http://support.euro.dell.com/support/topics/topic.aspx/emea/shared/support/chat/en/hardware_chat?c=uk&l=en&s=gen. You sometimes may have to wait a few minutes but you do get through fairly quickly and saves the cost of phoning.

Hope this helps (or at least puts your mind at rest). Enjoy your new machine when you get it. :thumbsup:
#9
My XPS420 (8800GT, 2Gb 800Mhz RAM, 2x500Gb non-RAID) turned up Friday, after some software decrapification and some driver updates I'm fairly impressed. Seems quite good and all the ports seem to work fine (only one not tried is the eSATA).

Never going to be as good as a home build if you're an overclocker/enthusiast, but I think I'm past messing around building the damn things these days.
#10
:thumbsup:
#11
yeah theres a similar deal still going with 8800GT for £570, £230 less! - you could buy a GTX to put in it if you wanted with the money saved but the performance gains arent worth the price hike in my book. Even with the extra 1gb (2x512mb) of memory and sound card - I'd rather get it with 2gb in 2 slots and stick another 2gb in myself if needed.

The Gt beats the GTX in a lot of benchmarks over at Toms hardware and the average FPS gain oveer all the gams played was ~6% in the GTX's favour - 220 quid is a lot for 2-3 fps when you looking at acceptable FPS of >30. Just my thoughts . . .
#12
Can't believe they are building RAID into disks on gaming systems now. RAID 0 is just a very bad idea! If I was spending this amount of money then I would happily spend a little more for a 3rd disk to get RAID 5
#13
MrRobin
Can't believe they are building RAID into disks on gaming systems now. RAID 0 is just a very bad idea! If I was spending this amount of money then I would happily spend a little more for a 3rd disk to get RAID 5

RAID5 using only 3 disks and an on-board controller is completely inappropriate for desktop usage as the write speeds are atrocious.

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