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    Is £670 delivered for a Dell with this spec any good?

    I'm sorry I'm not into PC's and wandered if this deal was any good?

    Studio XPS Intel Core i7 Processor 920 (2.66GHz)
    Operating System English Genuine Windows Vista SP1 Home Premium (64 BIT)

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    Operating System: Operating System English Genuine Windows Vista SP1 Home Premium (64 BIT)
    Memory: Memory 3072MB (3x1024) 1067MHz DDR3 Tri Channel
    Hard Disk Drive: 750GB HD Serial ATA non Raid (7200 Rpm)
    Video: Graphics 512MB ATI Radeon 4850 Graphics card
    CD Read-Write Drive: DVD+/-RW, 16
    MISC: Mouse Dell Wheel USB 2 Button Scroll Black
    Dell Quietkey Black Keyboard

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    You could build it yourself for cheaper. if you were willing to do that sort of thing.

    The question is what you are using it for? i mean if you are not planning on doing some higher end gaming then that PC is not for you.

    What do you need it for and im sure we could work out something thats right maybe at a much better price point

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    Jetpac;5189522

    You could build it yourself for cheaper. if you were willing to do that … You could build it yourself for cheaper. if you were willing to do that sort of thing.The question is what you are using it for? i mean if you are not planning on doing some higher end gaming then that PC is not for you.What do you need it for and im sure we could work out something thats right maybe at a much better price point



    Thanks I appreciate that. It would be nice to play the Sims 3, but if I could get something alot cheaper then I'm happy to give it a miss....! Really my main use is streaming video, music and pictures (I would like to be able to stream HD if possible which I know needs a decent processor), using itunes (which seems to always crash my old pc when syncing), watching internet video, downloading, editing of audio and video content (I use the AVS programmes if that helps), but I'm not doing anything fancy. I think that's it really

    This PC runs 64 bit Windows, while most of the rest of the world runs 32 bit Windows.

    Running 64 bit windows MAY cause problems if you buy hardware (like a printer) that does not have drivers for 64 bit Windows, and some software may not work, or work fully, under 64 bit Windows.

    While there is not doubt the world will move to 64 bit Windows over the next few years, at the moment it is still a little risky to move to a 64 bit Windows platform (and to be honest the average user does not need it at the moment).

    I should also add this is contains some fairly leading edge hardware which is WAY over spec for the average user. The core i7 processor is the latest (expensive) offering from Intel, and DDR3 memory is also leading edge (most of the rest of us use DDR2 memory).

    Buying this PC would be a bit like buying a sports car when all you need is a Mondeo to go to the shops.
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    >wandered

    To wander means to walk around in an ill defined manner.

    To WONDER is to think about something.

    So you actually meant to say

    >I'm sorry I'm not into PC's and wondered if this deal was any good?

    Sorry but I am a stickler for language.

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    guilbert53;5189809

    wandered To wander means to walk around in an ill defined manner.To … >wandered To wander means to walk around in an ill defined manner.To WONDER is to think about something.So you actually meant to say>I'm sorry I'm not into PC's and wondered if this deal was any good?Sorry but I am a stickler for language.



    :thumbsup: you must have a full time job monitoring the posts on here then...!

    bowdown2thegame;5189841

    :thumbsup: you must have a full time job monitoring the posts on here … :thumbsup: you must have a full time job monitoring the posts on here then...!



    Well I try !!!!

    id have to agree any retail store u go to buy a pc weather its dell or any other company, your always better off building your own pc, (assuming you know how) as you get what u want spec wise and not what the company chooses, look at the specs on the dell and compare the motherboard it as memory , graphics card etc and price them up on say like ebuyer.com or some other company that sells components you be surprised how cheap they are

    ...they build down to a price!

    I was very tempted when I first saw this when the i7 first shipped.

    But I have stayed clear because the PSU is too small to allow any room for growth.

    Which is why dell only offeres a 4850 as the fastest graphics card. A 4870/4890 would kill the PSU.

    It only supports two HD's and only in RAID 0 - RAID 0 is quick, but an accedent waiting to happen! The basic intel chipset for i7 suports 6 HD's in RAID 0, 1, 5, and 1+0.

    I am not saying don't buy it, but just be aware of the limitations.

    I hope this helps.
    Abdo

    Some good specs for playing flight sim, football manager, web browsing etc

    Thanks

    You said
    "editing of audio and video content " - the i7 is stunning good that video if your software can handle the number of cores and Hyper-threading.. If you do a lot of video editing then thebest chip to get at the moment is the i7.

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    guilbert53;5189771

    This PC runs 64 bit Windows, while most of the rest of the world runs 32 … This PC runs 64 bit Windows, while most of the rest of the world runs 32 bit Windows.Running 64 bit windows MAY cause problems if you buy hardware (like a printer) that does not have drivers for 64 bit Windows, and some software may not work, or work fully, under 64 bit Windows.While there is not doubt the world will move to 64 bit Windows over the next few years, at the moment it is still a little risky to move to a 64 bit Windows platform (and to be honest the average user does not need it at the moment).



    Dell are now selling PCs with 64-bit windows as the default option. If that's not a sign that it's now mainstream then I'm not sure what is.

    @bowdown2thegame: I haven't been following the development of The Sims 3 but if it's anything like the other two then it's not going to need a 4850 so it might be worth downgrading the card to a lower model as that'll draw less power and get less hot.

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    Thanks for everyones help
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