XPS 8500, i7-3770, 8gb, 2TB + SSD, 1gb graphics, blu-ray, wi-fi, bluetooth, laser mouse, Windows 8 @ Dell
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XPS 8500, i7-3770, 8gb, 2TB + SSD, 1gb graphics, blu-ray, wi-fi, bluetooth, laser mouse, Windows 8 @ Dell

£599.01Dell Deals
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Found 27th Dec 2012
Usual price £779. Currently £80 off as part of January sale promotion but also another £100 off available to first 300 customers who use code 7X331R0060TLW$ . I did try combining other codes but that did not work. Seems a pretty good spec for the money.

PROCESSOR 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7-3770 Processor (3.40GHz, 8MB) edit
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8 64bit, English edit
SERVICES AND SUPPORT 1 yr Next Day In-Home Hardware & Premium Software Phone Support edit
PROTECT YOUR NEW PC Download - McAfee Security Center 1 Year edit
MOUSE Dell Laser Mouse USB (6 buttons scroll) Black edit
KEYBOARD Dell KB213 USB Multimedia Keyboard - UK/Irish
HARD DRIVE 2TB (7,200rpm) SATA Hard Drive + 32GB mSATA SSD (Intel SRT)
OPTICAL DRIVE 8x Blu-Ray ROM Combo (Blu-ray read only, DVD, CD read & write)
WIRELESS SOLUTION Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE
SOUND SOFTWARE Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4
MEMORY 8192MB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Memory
GRAPHICS CARD NVIDIA® GeForce GT 640 1GB DDR5 Graphics Card
Driver Dell 1703 Wireless Label
Optical Software Cyber Link Power DVD 3D
Additional Software XPS 8500 Resource DVD

179 Comments

So does anybody have an opinion on how well this computer would work with Photoshop?

hot! not a gaming graphics card but not a terrible one either

seems pretty decent

The ram is a bit low. Is this easy to upgrade?

Original Poster

The ram is a bit low. Is this easy to upgrade?


I've never known a PC which is difficult to upgrade. The current configuration is 2 x 4gb sticks, I plan to put another 2 x 8gb sticks into the machine (cost £60 approx) to bring the total to 24gb.

The Mrs is after a new comp ,mainly for photoshop. She has her heart set on a large all in one , like the dell xps one or lenovo a720. Tried telling her to go with something like this and get a decent monitor but she won't have it. Can anyone record,mend a decent set up for photo editing with a 27 inch screen ?????

Not wishing to ask an obvious question, but the OS is installed on the SSD?

This looks like a really good deal,not sure why it's not hotter.

Cheers, I've ordered one

skdotcom

Not wishing to ask an obvious question, but the OS is installed on the … Not wishing to ask an obvious question, but the OS is installed on the SSD?This looks like a really good deal,not sure why it's not hotter.



Not in this case, the mSATA SSD "SRT" is used as a super fast cache between the hard drive and CPU and stores regularly used data there for quick access..... I don't believe it's possible to install the OS onto the SRT SSD drive as it doesn't show up in Windows from what I've read over at the Dell community forums.

You could of course add a a regular SSD drive for the OS and this will speed up the PC even more.... I did on my XPS8500 and was impressed by the performance increase even compared to a newly installed OS onto mine. Boot times more than halved, access to programs quicker etc.

en.community.dell.com/own…spx
en.community.dell.com/sup…spx

Note that contrary to the user guide, the XPS8500 only has 1 x Sata Revision 3.0 (SATA 6 Gbits/s ) and 3 X SATA Revison 2.0 (SATA 3 Gbits/s ) Connectors should it be of any interest... I can't say I've noticed any issues with my SSD on SATA3 and the 1TB on SATA 2
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Edited by: "spannerzone" 28th Dec 2012

Thanks Spannerzone. I've taken the plunge and ordered.

Anyone know of a better spec for this price ?
I need a new PC

I think you'd struggle to get a much better deal, sure someone will quote a load of parts and not include Windows software and show it can be cheaper to build your own but I can't be arsed to do that these days.

Must admit I'm tempted by this
Just need to get some advice on adding an SSD for booting off.

How come this is getting heat, but the similar machine I posted a week ago didn't?

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Will this play sims 3???

i bought an i3 laptop for her about a year ago and all i get is moaning that sims 3 is slow and jerky on it...........hoping this will keep her quiet???

also can the graphics card be upgraded if needed for newer games???

Looking at sim3 spec this should easily run it.

I've ordered one and will be adding an extra 16gb ram.

TomT

Looking at sim3 spec this should easily run it. I've ordered one and will … Looking at sim3 spec this should easily run it. I've ordered one and will be adding an extra 16gb ram.



I've just ordered one as well, I'm far from any kind of computer expert but think this should suit our needs! also i like the idea of being able to upgrade the ram and graphics card if needed?

I've just ordered 2 x 8GB DDR3 Ram to take this to 24GB :-)
I think the video card could be swappable, but I
I'm not a gamer so this isn't to important to me.

May have to add an SSD to it at a later date.

£622 now

With the windows OS disc that comes with it couldn't you boot that up, format and re-install windows on the SSD?

Anyone used Dells before could a add/change the graphics card?

Seems like a good set up just wanna swap the card with a 660 Ti. The PSU would probably be alright for it I think.

In all seriousness i could make you a custom built computer that was better for less than this! This has a years warranty, each of the bits has their own seperate warranties often up to 5 years.

Sure its not for everyone but id always build my own..no restrictions.. Easier to overclock...thing is often prebuilts like this pc have carp bit in the system...what the hell is point if insralling such a carp graphics in this system...if you do that why bother with sych a high spec processor. Totally pointless

TomT

I've just ordered 2 x 8GB DDR3 Ram to take this to 24GB :-) I think the … I've just ordered 2 x 8GB DDR3 Ram to take this to 24GB :-) I think the video card could be swappable, but II'm not a gamer so this isn't to important to me. May have to add an SSD to it at a later date.



Mixing ram? Have fun with that.

Make sure all sticks can operate at the highest given latency, highest voltage & slowest timing.

No doubt this will have small form mboard with the restrictions that brings...bet you can install a decent graphics card

I have an i5 version and love it! Great build quality.

Possible 10% cashback with Quidco too.

dells systems never make sense a £200+ processor and a £50 graphics card....and the processor is overkill aswell especially in a system that will most likely be used to go on youtube6

jawarwick

In all seriousness i could make you a custom built computer that was … In all seriousness i could make you a custom built computer that was better for less than this! This has a years warranty, each of the bits has their own seperate warranties often up to 5 years.

Good for you.

Nobody cares, though.

sweet

jawarwick

In all seriousness i could make you a custom built computer that was … In all seriousness i could make you a custom built computer that was better for less than this! This has a years warranty, each of the bits has their own seperate warranties often up to 5 years.



It really wouldn't be that much cheaper. Plus you're getting a copy of windows. The years warranty is good. Not everyone can be bothered to fix their pc every time it messes up.

I think I have the predecessor to this one (8300) and after just over a year I am frequently getting the blue screen of death. I suspect the HDD, so just unlucky, I suppose; otherwise it's been a good PC.

chj

With the windows OS disc that comes with it couldn't you boot that up, … With the windows OS disc that comes with it couldn't you boot that up, format and re-install windows on the SSD?


For the non-tech savvy the way this PC is setup will provide about 80% of the speed boost of an SSD, but without the hassle of needing to monitor what gets installed where because SSDs are typically small in capacity. Once you have used it regularly for a week the PC will boost really quickly and your most used applications will load super fast.

I built my own PC and I used an mSATA SSD (60GB) to pair up to a 1TB harddrive to give the same boost. I have Windows 7 installed on the 1TB disk, and use ISRT (Intel Smart Response Technology) to link the SSD to it to act as a cache. What this does is make the SSD start to copy over the files and programs that you use the most, so that when they are needed they can be read from the SSD much faster than searching for them on a traditional spinning disk.

Initially when this is activated you won't notice any difference to just a fresh install on a normal disk - but give it a week, plenty of reboots, and it does learn what you are using the most frequently and those programs open much faster. Boot times for me are close to SSD times - I'm taking about 10 seconds to Windows login prompt, and another 10 to be at a usable desktop, another couple of seconds and both outlook and explorer are open. A pure SSD install may cut those down to 8 seconds each, but then you have to work out what to install on the SSD, what to install on the HDD, and whether you want to move programs or files around for best performance.

Forgot to mention, the 8300 plays all the games I can throw at it with all the bells and whistles turned on, so I would imagine this one will as well.

Can this be overclocked

royals

No doubt this will have small form mboard with the restrictions that … No doubt this will have small form mboard with the restrictions that brings...bet you can install a decent graphics card


Definitely check on the rating of the power supply before you buy a better graphics card. We have a lot of Dells at work and they tend to have power supplies only just enough for the components they come with as standard spec - no point in them spending more on putting a 500W PSU when the rest of it only needs 300W. Most gaming cards ask for a minimum 400-450W PSU. I did look on the spec page for this PC but couldn't see the PSU specified, so might be worth a call to Dell if you are considering a better graphics card.

No way, a laser mouse ? I'm going to buy 12 .....

jawarwick

In all seriousness i could make you a custom built computer that was … In all seriousness i could make you a custom built computer that was better for less than this! This has a years warranty, each of the bits has their own seperate warranties often up to 5 years.



I challenge you to find a better spec for the same or cheaper then, I'm genuinely interested in building.

Looks great for the price, you'd struggle build one exactly the same for this price! Great advice from spannerzone too, wouldn't have known that!

Don't know why you'd need more RAM though, unless you're doing heavy video editing with like 20 Chrome tabs open!
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