XPS 8500 plus some other stuff

Started May 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jim Cockfield
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Re: XPS 8500 plus some other stuff
In reply to Rick8800, May 14, 2012

I'd get the $899 config and use the coupon you can find for $50 off XPS desktops $799 or higher right now (it's on lots of coupon sites).

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dxdwps2&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&model_id=xps-8500

That would put your cost of the XPS 8500 with a Core i7 3770, 1TB drive and 8GB (2x4GB of 1600Mhz DDR3 leaving two slots open) of memory at $849.99.

Then, you could buy 2x4GB to bring it up to 16GB total for around $50 now at vendors like newegg.com

That Dell config comes with an HD 7570 in it. But, if you wanted faster, you should be able to use anything up to a GTX 560 in it on the Nvidia side. Note the Nvidia recommends a 450 Watt PSU with it, and they're usually on the conservative side:

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-560/specifications

So, a GTX 560 or GTX 560SE should be fine in it (max power draw is around 150 Watts with them), and Dell claims the PSU can handle video cards drawing up to 225 Watts. See this XPS 8500 hands on preview for one example, where Dell shipped it with an HD 7870 in it:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403807,00.asp

As for using one of the optical bays for a hard drive, I've done that before with Dell computers without any issues, and you can buy a 3.5" to 5.25" adapter bracket for around $5

Note that if you don't mind the older XPS 8300, there's a better deal on one right this minute. I found a listing for one with a Core i7 2600 for $699 that some of the coupon sites have been mentioning. You don't get USB 3.0 with it. But, it's got eSATA, with 4 SATA ports on the Motherboard for supporting it's internal drives (two are SATA III and two are SATA ii) and you can buy a USB 3.0 PCIe card for about $15 now.

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?cs=19&dgvcode=ss&c=US&l=EN&vw=list&oc=DXDAMS3

But, it's got 4x2GB in it. So, you'd need to yank all 4 DIMMs if you wanted a 16GB machine and replace them with 4x4GB (unless you're fine with 12GB where you could leave 2x2GB in it and add 2x4GB for 12GB total).

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