Dell XPS 8700 (i7, 32GB RAM, 3TB Hard Drive + 256GB SSD) - £899 @ Dell
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Dell XPS 8700 (i7, 32GB RAM, 3TB Hard Drive + 256GB SSD) - £899 @ Dell

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Found 14th Aug 2014
Great Professional/Gaming PC for a great price!!

Processor: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4770 Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz)
Operating System: Windows 8.1 (64Bit) Multi-Language
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD R9 270 2GB GDDR5
Memory: 32GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 4 DIMMs
Hard Drive: 3TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s + 256GB SSD
Optical Drive: Blu-ray Combo Drive (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)

32 Comments

Wow. Powerful machine........ Does it do a boil wash X) only joking.. Hot.!!!

dup - and you can get 10% off

Good processor and very good amount of RAM and HD space but I'd be looking for more than a R9 270 if I paid that sort of money

How many hard drives can you plumb into this?

Roger_Irrelevant

How many hard drives can you plumb into this?


dell.com/uk/…/pd?refid=xps-8700&baynote_bnrank=0&baynote_irrank=0&~ck=baynoteSearch&isredir=true

4xHDD bays but 2 are already accounted for, but you could convert the 2x5.25inch bays to hold more with something like this: icydock.com/goo…153

It would be better with 16GB RAM and a better GPU.

Seems a decent price tbh, but I might be being stupid but can't find it? Only one I can find with same specs is under the business section and costs £1,124 excluding VAT and shipping, so that's definitely not such a good price, could build something better for quite a bit cheaper.

secondcoming

4xHDD bays but 2 are already accounted for, but you could convert the … 4xHDD bays but 2 are already accounted for, but you could convert the 2x5.25inch bays to hold more with something like this:



OK Cool, was thinking of something like this to replace my current PC and a NAS.

Banned

Not bad for a pre-built bundle but you could build a far superior machine yourself for that money. I spent a similar price on mine and have triple the HDD space and a far more powerful GPU

Rorschach1

Not bad for a pre-built bundle but you could build a far superior machine … Not bad for a pre-built bundle but you could build a far superior machine yourself for that money. I spent a similar price on mine and have triple the HDD space and a far more powerful GPU



I find it hard to believe it would be far superior, and to triple the HDD capacity you'd have to make cuts elsewhere.

secondcoming

I find it hard to believe it would be far superior, and to triple the HDD … I find it hard to believe it would be far superior, and to triple the HDD capacity you'd have to make cuts elsewhere.



I'm with this guy, I put a similar build into pc part picker and came to only ever so slightly cheaper, so unless you use proper budget crap parts then I don't beleive you will get something far superior to this.

Icipher

Seems a decent price tbh, but I might be being stupid but can't find it? … Seems a decent price tbh, but I might be being stupid but can't find it? Only one I can find with same specs is under the business section and costs £1,124 excluding VAT and shipping, so that's definitely not such a good price, could build something better for quite a bit cheaper.



ditto, could someone please post the direct link please? many thanks

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secondcoming

I find it hard to believe it would be far superior, and to triple the HDD … I find it hard to believe it would be far superior, and to triple the HDD capacity you'd have to make cuts elsewhere.



Not really. You could get better components for that money 100%...all depends if you want to put the time and energy in. PC building nowadays is ridiculously simple. Prices have come down since I bought my components 18 months ago (eg SSD's) and at least buying separate you know the quality of the parts. I upgraded a couple of things and my case was £150 but to build same spec as this would cost a lot less.

So anyone willing to splash £900 on this would be far better off buying the compnents themselves and having a go

Besides all that for gaming now you really want a 3GB min

uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/r…26h
That's a pretty close match to the Dell and still comes out more expensive.

Their choice of RAM and GPU are the main cause for concern. 16GB RAM is more than enough for most users and the R9 270 GPU is underpowered if you want to get into gaming.

Personally I'd do something like this for about the same money:
uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/n…7sY

Edited by: "secondcoming" 14th Aug 2014

You cannot make this yourself at a lower price.

However, the processor and 32GB of ram could be downgraded for a better graphics card.

Personally, with the extra 10% vip off think this is a great deal.

After the year of warranty is up, you can upgrade the R9 270 (which can do 1080p gaming) and the CPU to keep it up to scratch.

However this spec cannot be found cheaper afaik.

Looks like a good machine. Does anyone knows about the motherboard? brand? model?

Unsure if half the people here know what they're talking about... I've literally just paid £810 for this machine last week from Dell (with the 10% code) and it's an absolute monster. Plays FFXIV / BF4 / CoD in Ultra settings (... it's actually my work PC for programming, but I had to test it!).

These are literally the lowest prices I could even come up with for these parts...

i7 4770: £215
Mobo: £100
256GB SSD: £80
32GB RAM: £250
Case: £50
PSU: £50 (probably higher)
3TB HDD: £80
R9 270: £125
Windows 8.1 (non-pro): £50

That's £1K before even considering the Blu Ray drive in it + keyboard/mouse they give you, and wireless card. Tell me how yours is superior and cheaper?


Edited by: "thedixon" 14th Aug 2014

yagos

Looks like a good machine. Does anyone knows about the motherboard? … Looks like a good machine. Does anyone knows about the motherboard? brand? model?


Like all Dell's it'll be one made specifically for them probably made by Foxconn and probably very similar to a model that Foxconn sell seperately.
Dell Community is a great place to learn all about the problems people come across, I've had numerous Dell's over the years and usually take a look at the forums to see what might crop up (bare in mind most people posting there have problems so it's usually full of that sort of thing rather than full of praise!)

Whenever someone says they can make one cheaper it's because they conveniently forget to include the existing case, psu and Windows that they'll use from their last PC. It's always the same or they'll use a pirated OS and then justify why it's ok to compare not like for like with that

I build PC as a part time hobby and I can build an identical system for £750 without OS. Add an extra £50 for Windows.
All parts I source are top end brands with at least 3 years warranty. Not the generic none branded stuff dell uses.

Edit - My bad, I only calculated 16GB of RAM. That would add another £120 on to the final price which makes the Dell cheaper.

However, I would like to point out 32GB is complete overkill. Even high end 3D modelling & rendering barely makes it over 16GB. If you are buying this for gaming its a waste of money as no gaming system need more than 12GB RAM.

Plus I stand by my comment & still say the Dell use generic, none brand components.


Edited by: "Cmberry20" 14th Aug 2014

I'd rather buy the parts separately and have about 3 years for warranty

Good price - though as others have said I'd rather have 16GB and better GPU. With 4 slots you can always add more memory later - but you'll need to replace the GPU unless you decide on Crossfire that has its own issues...

Cmberry20

I build PC as a part time hobby and I can build an identical system for … I build PC as a part time hobby and I can build an identical system for £750 without OS. Add an extra £50 for Windows. All parts I source are top end brands with at least 3 years warranty. Not the generic none branded stuff dell uses. Edit - My bad, I only calculated 16GB of RAM. That would add another £120 on to the final price which makes the Dell cheaper.However, I would like to point out 32GB is complete overkill. Even high end 3D modelling & rendering barely makes it over 16GB. If you are buying this for gaming its a waste of money as no gaming system need more than 12GB RAM.Plus I stand by my comment & still say the Dell use generic, none brand components.


There, just as I said! /smug

The memory in all my Dell's has been Samsung, Hynix or Crucial, the graphics cards are usually reference designs from nVidia or AMD and virtually the same as off the shelf or OEM but I'd agree they may not be a true gamers choice of VGA card, the CPU's obviously are intel, the hard drives and DVD drives come from the same place you'd buy yours from.

The case and PSU are probably the only items that are fairly basic and generic, although the powersupplies while low(ish) ratings are generally reliable and perform better than many of the cheap nasty PSU's that many homebrew PC's use. The motherboard is usuall Foxconn who make products for all the major PC manufacturers out there and Apple.

The value of 3 year warranty on parts? - well I personally have never had to RMA anything in the last 20 years of having dozen's of PC's but I've been lucky.

edit: showing my age there, VGA cards obviously I mean GPU

Now, whether I'd spend £900 on a PC like this? no I wouldn't as I'd have to agree that I'd probably want to specify the exact parts I wanted for this sort of cash.

However it is a lot of spec for a low price.


Edited by: "spannerzone" 14th Aug 2014

My main criticism wasn't the price as I couldn't build it any cheaper, but with the fact it has 32GB RAM, this is in no way needed - 99.9% of people will never need this much RAM on a gaming PC & this fact wont change for another 5 to 7 years, by which time the whole system will be woefully outdated anyway. I would stick in 16GB & spend the extra £120 on a better graphics card & a 4790k CPU instead, by doing that I would get 10% to 20% more performance/FPS in games.

Because you get generic parts in Dells you dont get much 'bells & whistles':
The BIOS on most motherboards are next to useless and usually offers no tweaking like overclocking. In a lot of cases they are locked down. Plus they can be difficult to get updated BIOS's that fix problems.
CPUs usually use some Dell designed cooler/fan which is not very efficient & loud compared custom coolers. But you cant fit custom coolers because Dell use there own stupid cooling setup that wont accommodate one & it invalidates your warranty if you do fit one.
PSUs are less than stellar and can be loud, plus in the past they were Dells own custom PSUs that only works on their system (but I think that has changed now).
Dell only offers 1 year warranty (£130 more for 3 years)

I'm glad I'm smug thanks!

It's not at this price. It costs a lot more on website. May be it was this spec at this price when op saw it.

Asam47

It's not at this price. It costs a lot more on website. May be it was … It's not at this price. It costs a lot more on website. May be it was this spec at this price when op saw it.



dell.com/uk/…700

Cetainly 32GB is overkill but if anyone wants to buy a PC to tweak, overclock, upgrade any part etc then you'd want to avoid any of the big PC makers and get either a specialist supplier or build yourself.

This is a bit of an oddball, it's trying to cater to people who probably know their PC onions so probably will want to tweak, upgrade and tinker so probably won't buy this.

Asam47

It's not at this price. It costs a lot more on website. May be it was … It's not at this price. It costs a lot more on website. May be it was this spec at this price when op saw it.


It's still on Dell's site
dell.com/uk/…700

or enter: CDX8704 into the search bar to manuall find the model.

But not showing along with their other XPS8700 deals!?!
Edited by: "spannerzone" 15th Aug 2014

thedixon

Unsure if half the people here know what they're talking about... I've … Unsure if half the people here know what they're talking about... I've literally just paid £810 for this machine last week from Dell (with the 10% code) and it's an absolute monster. Plays FFXIV / BF4 / CoD in Ultra settings (... it's actually my work PC for programming, but I had to test it!).These are literally the lowest prices I could even come up with for these parts...i7 4770: £215Mobo: £100256GB SSD: £8032GB RAM: £250Case: £50PSU: £50 (probably higher)3TB HDD: £80R9 270: £125Windows 8.1 (non-pro): £50That's £1K before even considering the Blu Ray drive in it + keyboard/mouse they give you, and wireless card. Tell me how yours is superior and cheaper?



I7 4770k was on here the other day for 150.

Motherboard can be bought for 80.

If I can buy 8gb ram from Amazon for 40 quid, then I'm sure I could find 32gb at a good price on here

PSU 40 quid.

256 SSD is on here now for £70ish

Windows 8 key on eBay are 30ish.

You got the case, card and HDD spot on though.

I'm not going to pull out all the links but half this stuff I've said is from when I made my gaming PC 15 months ago.

As for why it's superior, you choose the parts. You can review the items you pop in from others. Dell are very good with their PCs as we've had dell pcs for over 15 years but since building my own pc, I can't see myself buying another gaming PC. But I would happily buy a 300 - 400 quid pc as they can buy the parts in bulk therefore reducing what we pay.
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