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XPS 8000 free upgrade to Core i7-870 CPU - £699 @ Dell
XPS 8000 free upgrade to Core i7-870 CPU - £699 @ Dell

XPS 8000 free upgrade to Core i7-870 CPU - £699 @ Dell

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I'm not sure if the link will work but the computer is the Dell XPS 8000, the second of the available versions with the tagline "Faster Corei7 processor".

If you choose to configure the computer you can get a free upgrade from a i7-860 processor to a i7-870, which is over £200 more at retail. Probably the first Dell upgrade I've ever been tempted by!

£699, plus further savings from Quidco and discount vouchers.

Components
Intel Core i7-870 (2.93GHz, 8MB, L3 Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 (64 BIT) - English
Microsoft® Works 9 - English
1Yr Premium Warranty Support
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
No Accidental Damage Support
Display Not Included
4096MB 1067 MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [4x1024]
640GB (7200RPM) SATA Hard Drive
1GB NVIDIA® GeForce GT220 graphics card
16X DVD+/- RW Optical Drive (DVD & CD read and write)
Dell USB Entry Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Optical Mouse
Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital Audio
Accessories
No Speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
Services & Software
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB 1 year
Also Includes
English - Documentation with UK/Ire Power cord
D10SX802
Studio XPS 8000 DT Order - UK
Datasafe Local 2.0 Basic
1 Year Premium Warranty Support
Studio XPS 8000 Resource DVD

34 Comments

how easy would it be to take transfer the insides of this pc to a better (silent) case and upgrade the cooling etc? Is it all Dell designed not to be messed about with or normal stock type parts?

i doubt the components within the case are standard size

Think its a misprice as the third ecode/system on the same page with the 870 processor, is over £1000, and it only includes a better graphics card (£50) and more memory (£35)

Looks nice, and Im liking the new case. I thought the current Studio XPS case was boring, looks identical to my vostro 200 from 2 years ago.

Plus the voucher takes the total price delivered down to £665 ... quite a decent price considering the processor is just over £400 on its own.

i wish i could afford this :-(

The 870 isn't really worth it compared to the 860, barely a performance increase (and one you can make up by overclocking anyway) for double the price.

its worth it for £0

Luckz;6412947

The 870 isn't really worth it compared to the 860, barely a performance … The 870 isn't really worth it compared to the 860, barely a performance increase (and one you can make up by overclocking anyway) for double the price.

you wont be able to overclock with the dell either

CHEEPSTUFFRULES!;6410083

how easy would it be to take transfer the insides of this pc to a better … how easy would it be to take transfer the insides of this pc to a better (silent) case and upgrade the cooling etc? Is it all Dell designed not to be messed about with or normal stock type parts?



Its usually the motherboard and PSU that are different making it hard to fit in another case. Regarding upgrading the cooling on the Dell, I have the dell XPS 430, the fan was silent at first. Now I get an annoying low hum and can't find anything on the internet that tells me how I can easily changing it.

Hold out for windows 7 or try a indy bulider such as ginger 6 had 2 desk tops from them both good

Definitely a HOT post. Although the performance difference isn't worth the extra dosh at retail it's a great spot and worth some heat!!

Rich44;6413686

you wont be able to overclock with the dell either



I think XPS systems can be overclocked.

Ordered one with 8GB RAM. Hope to get OS X running eventually.

Mr Jelly;6414136

Hold out for windows 7 or try a indy bulider such as ginger 6 had 2 desk … Hold out for windows 7 or try a indy bulider such as ginger 6 had 2 desk tops from them both good



Windows 7 upgrade is included (if you remember to register at time of purchase)

monZAA;6414684

Ordered one with 8GB RAM. Hope to get OS X running eventually.



Nice - I hope you bought the 64bit OS then or you'll have 4.5Gb of redundant RAM

dca860;6414867

Nice - I hope you bought the 64bit OS then or you'll have 4.5Gb of … Nice - I hope you bought the 64bit OS then or you'll have 4.5Gb of redundant RAM



I don't think you get the option of a 32 bit version of Windows with this computer.

Your thoughts are appreciated - assuming I could upgrade the power supply in this system from the supplied 350watt - would the new Radeon 5870 at 28cm fit in the case?

Your help is appreciated!

Geeza

weiran;6414426

I think XPS systems can be overclocked.



I think its only the i7 XPS systems that can be overclocked as they have that option in the bios.

I really doubt the value of this machine, although it is great.
I built my back in early June for £800 its like Asus Rampage II Gene, i7 920 d0, 12GB G.Skill 1600Mhz DDR3, WD Caviar Black 500GBx2 in raid 0, Vista Ultimate 64bit from ultimate steal. The graphic card came from another machine.

as you can see its leading this one a lot in every single way, and the price for mine has dropped a bit(maybe at the £699 mark already?). Please dont say 'this is Dell, someone cant build machine' blah blah... :whistling: All Im saying is the value of this machine is about right at £699, it is not a steal

That is one really sh*t graphics card, given the spec of the CPU...

qpan;6415822

That is one really sh*t graphics card, given the spec of the CPU...



That's my feeling - I believe I maxed out my Dell Vostro 400 (Q6600 CPU/4GB 800mhz/350watt PSU) with an 8800GT. Therefore other than CPU / Memory Bandwidth wouldnt gain any performance in purchasing this system.

To be honest, I am unsure what the best GFX card the supplied 350watt PSU could cope with.

Luckz;6412947

The 870 isn't really worth it compared to the 860, barely a performance … The 870 isn't really worth it compared to the 860, barely a performance increase (and one you can make up by overclocking anyway) for double the price.



I've never tried overclocking a Dell, but I thought I'd heard that their BIOS was locked so that you couldn't tweak things?

Anyone know any different?:thinking:

Mr Jelly;6414136

Hold out for windows 7 or try a indy bulider such as ginger 6 had 2 desk … Hold out for windows 7 or try a indy bulider such as ginger 6 had 2 desk tops from them both good



Would also recommend wired2fire - were very accomodating for me

shilohpyte;6417000

I've never tried overclocking a Dell, but I thought I'd heard that their … I've never tried overclocking a Dell, but I thought I'd heard that their BIOS was locked so that you couldn't tweak things?Anyone know any different?:thinking:



Bios in the studio xps 435 i7 systems is locked (what I am sat typing on) but I think most of the XPS ones allow overclocking etc as they are meant to be 'ethusiast / gamer' PCs.

the deal would still work for me (TM)

Rang Dell directly as I deal with IT for the Business I work for. They upgraded the memory, graphics card and mouse with a bit of persuasion;

Memory : 4096MB (4x1GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
Graphics: 512 MB DDR2 ATI Radeon HD 4350
Mice : Dell Laser USB (6 buttons scroll) Black Mouse

577.00 excl
86.55 vat
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£663.55 delivered - so all those upgrades with a £35.45 saving against the posted price. I thought, thats not bad going but then rememberd I'm going through the company and only paying £577.00!! (company claims vat back).

Chuffed to bits. Will swop GPU for 8800GT I already have. Then when I recover from this spend I intend to upgrade the PSU/GPU to 750watt & Radeon 5870.

Thanks to original poster!

Geeza

Hi

I ordered the Dell Studio 8000 with Vista Home Premium. I am starting to wonder if I should have upgraded to Vista Business as I have a Cat6E networked house with a server in the attic.

Can someone kindly advise if (once upgraded to Windows 7 Home) this will join the network ok?

Thank you.

Geeza

Baldhopper;6470120

Hi I ordered the Dell Studio 8000 with Vista Home Premium. I am starting … Hi I ordered the Dell Studio 8000 with Vista Home Premium. I am starting to wonder if I should have upgraded to Vista Business as I have a Cat6E networked house with a server in the attic.Can someone kindly advise if (once upgraded to Windows 7 Home) this will join the network ok?Thank you.Geeza



Yeah, no problems. Also Windows 7 is superb :thumbsup:

Thanks for the feedback, appreciated.

Can anyone confirm if there order has despatched yet? Mines been in production for 6 days.

Thanks

Finally arrived today...after a 15 day wait. :roll:

Baldhopper;6600546

Finally arrived today...after a 15 day wait. :roll:



Mine also arrived on the 16th after a 21 day wait, I think they were waiting for parts.

Well pleased with it so far.

I'm also pleased with mine - I really like the new design. Mine has the i870 with 4gb 1333hmz + an 8800GT I put in it from my Vostro 400. Its gave me 1200+ extra 3DMark 2008 against my old Q6600 system (also 4gb @ 800mhz).

Update
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Dell Studio XPS 8000 with Saphire 5870 Vapor-X installed

Finally got my 5870 Vapor-X up and running with the aid of a Seasonic X-750 PSU... :thumbsup:

Glad I went with modular cables, bit of a squeeze near the PSU but managed to get most loose cabling into the spare drive area.

System is almost silent at idle and much quieter under load than with the 8800GT / Dell Liteon 300watt PSU.

Geeza
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