Dell XPS 8300 i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad Core Desktop, 6GB, 1TB HDD, GT530 £579 @ Dell
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Dell XPS 8300 i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad Core Desktop, 6GB, 1TB HDD, GT530 £579 @ Dell

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Found 31st Aug 2011
This is a Day of Deals offer, which can be combined with the 10% voucher code VH6BXP5R$TW2V5 which expires tonight.

Edited: Better value with the £70 off code 7ZJ?P687LFDS34 unless upgrading.

Don't forget to go through Quidco as well. There's an enhanced 8% cashback rate on XPS systems that ends tonight = £37.26 cashback.

E-code Number: 202 D00X8328
Intel® Core™ i7-2600 Processor (3.40GHz, 8MB)
Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
6144MB Dual Channel DDR3 1333MHz [2x2048 + 2x1024] Memory
Dell™ USB Entry Keyboard
NVIDIA® GeForce GT 530 1GB DDR3 Graphics Card
1TB Serial ATA (7,200 rpm)
Dell Optical Scroll USB (2 buttons scroll) DUAL TONE Mouse
DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD) with Roxio and DVD Burn software
Integrated 7.1 with THX® TruStudio
1 year Collect & Return Hardware Support included with your PC
One free Dell Expert call to help with your PC queries within 60 days of purchase
Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
McAfee® Security Centre - 15 Month Protection - English

I managed to get the EPP discount on the i7 version - looked at the i5 first via EPP then went to the i7 deal.

Total Price:
£ 567.82 + 8% Quidco off
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Pennyworth price for this delicious Dell with all the trimmings. HOT! HOT! HOT!
Not worth building your own at this price, unless you want a dedicated system. HOT.
A truly exceptional price for one of these Dell dazzlers.
Have the Sanny Bridge SATA bugs been sorted in those motherboards.

Edited by: "Agent47" 31st Aug 2011
HHhmmm when I click the link and then select the continue button I get an egg timer and nothing happens, this is the case for all 3 browsers!
Agent47

HHhmmm when I click the link and then select the continue button I get an … HHhmmm when I click the link and then select the continue button I get an egg timer and nothing happens, this is the case for all 3 browsers!



This always happens with these Dell deals

Go to the Dell site and put in this code D00X8328
Edited by: "UnclePotter" 31st Aug 2011
To be honest I think this is a price mistake. No joy so far.
Agent47

To be honest I think this is a price mistake. No joy so far.


...or just go to Dell site and click on deal of day
twinkle

...or just go to Dell site and click on deal of day



brilliant it works, cheers
Good price for the bits but anyone wanting to play good games will have to spend another £100-150 on a good graphics card.

DDR3 graphics card is a joke; didn't know they still exist.
what a deal. This is easily bargain of the week atleast!
Very nice! I desperately want to buy one but I just can't afford it, urgh. Heat added though, despite you basically dangling a carrot I can't reach :P
about to buy this though the graphics card dont bother me, I just hope this has the sanny bridge issue fixed.
dont forget quidco guys ... £57.90 off !
Does anyone think this will still be available tonight around 8 o clock? As I'm not the ones who wears the trousers in this house
i dont need this ... but it seems to be deal of the century .... must buy .... must resist

arghhhhh
What mobo is it?
Voted cold. I used to own a Dell XPS. You can't upgrade things like PSU's because they have proprietary connections to the motherboard.
Great deal but do you think if i buy this system i could slap an ati 6870 in and the psu would be ok???
seems reasonable if you're not able to, or would rather not, build your own.

I'd never buy Dell again though after my experiences with their support and legal team.
This is getting wiped as soon as I receive it, dont want bloatware on it.
What's so bad about the graphics card? Also does anyone know where I can get a cheap but decent monitor for it since it doesn't come with one?
I think it unlikely that these will be affected by the Sandybridge SATA bug. The issue was announced in January - see anandtech.com/sho…all

I would have thought if they are still shipping motherboards with that bug on new machines over 6 months later they will be in for some serious flack.
oXdanXo

What's so bad about the graphics card? Also does anyone know where I can … What's so bad about the graphics card? Also does anyone know where I can get a cheap but decent monitor for it since it doesn't come with one?


The GPU is fine for general use and multimedia, but no good for games.


Spod

I think it unlikely that these will be affected by the Sandybridge SATA … I think it unlikely that these will be affected by the Sandybridge SATA bug. The issue was announced in January - see http://www.anandtech.com/show/4142/intel-discovers-bug-in-6series-chipset-begins-recall I would have thought if they are still shipping motherboards with that bug on new machines over 6 months later they will be in for some serious flack.


Indeed, Dell stopped selling machines with the faulty chipsets as soon as they found out about it.
Had to wait ages for my XPS 17 because of it.

supertight

seems reasonable if you're not able to, or would rather not, build your … seems reasonable if you're not able to, or would rather not, build your own.I'd never buy Dell again though after my experiences with their support and legal team.


I've owned a number of Dell desktops and laptops over the years, and the support and repairs process (althougn not needed many times) was always excellent.

Edited by: "jukkie" 31st Aug 2011
Good find!!
It's not a good deal. Like I said in the other thread, it's overkill for a home/work computer and not good enough for gaming. Decide what you want and get it, but no, what you want is not this.
oXdanXo

What's so bad about the graphics card? Also does anyone know where I can … What's so bad about the graphics card? Also does anyone know where I can get a cheap but decent monitor for it since it doesn't come with one?



DDR3 RAM on a graphics card isn't particularly quick and the card isn't one of the fastest. Alongside the Core I7 it will be fine for most day-to-day things though. But it's not nearly good enough for high end gamers who need the extra speed.

This do for a monitor?
hotukdeals.com/dea…591
Good price but they tend to use cheap mobo
Aradria

It's not a good deal. Like I said in the other thread, it's overkill for … It's not a good deal. Like I said in the other thread, it's overkill for a home/work computer and not good enough for gaming. Decide what you want and get it, but no, what you want is not this.



I don't see the problem. If it's used for a home/work computer it's maybe overkill for now, but it should last longer before it starts to feel slow and needs replacing, so will pay for itself in the long term. If you want it for gaming stick in a decent graphics card and sell the bundled one on ebay. It's still going to be a good price if you don't want to build your own from scratch.
realblender

Better you dont wipe it as there is some stunning software gifted to you … Better you dont wipe it as there is some stunning software gifted to you by dell. These offer subtle optimisations and enhancements to give you an XPS experience.



What on earth is an XPS experience?
CrazyIndianZA

Voted cold. I used to own a Dell XPS. You can't upgrade things like PSU's … Voted cold. I used to own a Dell XPS. You can't upgrade things like PSU's because they have proprietary connections to the motherboard.



Ignore the above comment, it's simply not true, I own a Dell XPS and it's all normal stuff used no different to other makes of PC.
realblender

Yes. Dell even offer it as a standard configuration but it is cheaper to … Yes. Dell even offer it as a standard configuration but it is cheaper to add it yourselfhttp://search.dell.co.uk/1/1/141753-dell-xps-8300-desktop-amd-radeon-hd-6870-1gb-ddr5-graphics-card.html


sorry i ment if i wanted to but my own bcos dell charge £210 when u can get for about £150 now and will this stock psu be ok? Also is it true that the psu are hard to.replace??? Cheers
Aradria

It's not a good deal. Like I said in the other thread, it's overkill for … It's not a good deal. Like I said in the other thread, it's overkill for a home/work computer and not good enough for gaming. Decide what you want and get it, but no, what you want is not this.



But it is essentially good for the following:

Home video editing, including HD and transcode to different formats
Photo editing and processing
Home audio recording, DAW work (with a better soundcard)

What's overkill now will be run-of-the-mill in 2 years time. Hot. End of.


jalaldevil

Good price but they tend to use cheap mobo


Utter tripe, they use decent mobo's. A couple of Budget Dell desktops I bought had pretty good MSI manufactured boards in them.
jukkie

I've owned a number of Dell desktops and laptops over the years, and the … I've owned a number of Dell desktops and laptops over the years, and the support and repairs process (althougn not needed many times) we always excellent.



For the most part, I'm sure they're OK. However, their handling of the PSU cap problem, assorted laptop hinge problems, and the infamous Nvidia GPU defect though has permanently tarnished their record for those affected. I have installed thousands of Dells and worked on many thousands more Dells. I even remember one Dell rattling before it was installed, inside there was an Eire 2p piece inside..
I see it must have 4 banks of RAM. I went for the i5 Vostro 260 machine a few weeks back (same witha monitor too for under £500) and it only has 2 banks. So, I'm replacing the 2x2G with 2x4G, so will have those two sticks going spare if anyone wants to take this to 8G (assuming they are compatible).
By cheap motherboard people mean they use a H61 mobo, which means the processor cannot be overclocked. So you end up with a £220 processor running at stock speed, which is slower for most tasks than a £150 2500k processor with a very small overclock.

It also missed SATA3 or USB3, can't remember which, maybe both.
As the deal stands it seems like a reasonable offer, providing you don't need any of the upgrades on offer as these are very overpriced.

As for the bloatware I agree with wiping the machine as a first step.

As for the graphics card: videocardbenchmark.net/gpu…530 a quarter of the performance of a 560ti. So basically, it's not very good for gaming, unless you want to play on Low settings.

So better to build your own?



Of course, it always is. I'm not sure why some people seem to present "build your own" as some ridiculously difficult task like building the great pyramid. It's simply screwing a motherboard and power supply into the case with a few screws then slotting bits in like some Ages 3 and Up game.
As realblender said, if you want to overclock please see the Alienware range of computers. Since Dell took over Alienware a few years ago, they've started offering immense value whilst maintaining the Alienware mantra of coolness and power.

This XPS sensation is aimed at the general PC user, not acne ridden enthusiasts.
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