Dell XPS 8500 SE, better to buy than build?

Started Nov 6, 2012 | Discussions thread
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photogirl7 Regular Member • Posts: 205
Dell XPS 8500 SE, better to buy than build?

This Dell XPS 8500 Special Edition configured cost is $2100. It gets great reviews and has a full featured case that has room for additional HDDs. I priced the individual components on newegg, selecting the lowest prices. My built cost came to $1900, only $200 less than the Dell.

I know many look down on Dell pcs, but my family have bought several over the years and they served us well. I was really considering building my own pc, until I saw this Dell.

I'd like your opinion on this XPS. I'm still open to building my own.

For $2100 you get...

XPS 8500

CASE 19:1 card reader, 4 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0 ports (1 power share), 2 optical drive bays,

support for 3 HDDs and optional mSATA SSD drives.

PROCESSOR 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor 3.90 GHz

OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit


32GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz – 4 DIMMS

OPTICAL DRIVE 8x Blu-ray Disc (BD) Burner (Writes to DVD/CD/BD)

HARD DRIVE 3TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s

Intel® SRT solid state drive 256GB.

Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE

SOUND CARD Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Titanium

USB 3.0 Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet

Dell KB213 Wired Multimedia Keyboard

Samsung i7
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