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I am planning on buying/building a new desktop and I see that Dell is selling their Studio XPS 9100 for $1299.

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DELL XPS 9100
Components
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
Intel® Core™i7-960 processor(8MB L2 Cache, 3.20GHz)
McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months
Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
12GB Tri Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 6 DIMMs
2TB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 64MB Cache
No Monitor
Single AMD Radeonâ„¢ HD 6870
Blu-ray Combo Drive (8X BD-R, DVD+/-RW) with DVD+R double layer write capability
THX® TruStudio PC™
No Dial Up Modem Option
Dell Consumer Multimedia Keyboard
Dell Laser Mouse
No Speaker Option
So with the intention of building this rig myself, I tried matching the specs of the XPS 9100 and I came BARELY under(Probably even more if I included the keyboard, mouse, Windows OS etc.). My final total was 1,260.81. With a price difference so low, is it even worth building it myself?



Can anyone build a better rig for $1299, or match the Dell XPS 9100 specs but for a cheaper price?

This was my attempt:
Intel Core i7 960 - $299.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1333MHz (PC3-10666) 12GB (3x4GB) Triple Channel Kit - $75.99

Western Digital Caviar Black (2TB) SATA3 7200RPM 64M Cache - $129.99

Asus EAH6870 Radeon HD 6870 Chipset (915MHz ) 1GB (4.2Ghz) GDDR5 - $199.99

ASUS BW-12B1LT Black 12X BD 16X DVD 48X CD-R Write - $139.99

NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower Chassis BLACK - $104.99

Antec HCG-620 High Current Gamer 620W Continuous Power Supply - $89.99

Intel Motherboard LGA1366 Intel X58 Express Chipset SLI/Crossfire Triple Channel DDR3 1600/1333/1066Mhz 6x SATA 3.0Gb/s GigaLAN 10-Ch HD Audio IEEE1394a 12x USB 2.0 ATX Intel Desktop Board DX58SO (BOXDX58SO) LGA1366 Intel X58 Express Chipset SLI/Crossfire Triple Channel DDR3 1600/1333/1066Mhz 6x SATA 3.0Gb/s GigaLAN 10-Ch HD Audio IEEE1394a 12x USB 2.0 ATX - $219.88

TOTAL(Missing some stuff): $1,260.81
If I were building a computer these aren't the parts id use (eg. Blue ray drive) but I was trying to match the XPS 9100 specs and I was surprised I couldn't build it for cheaper

Any thoughts?
Edited by shadow builder - 8/19/11 at 4:54pm
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Welcome to ocn challenge accepted IN BUDGET

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216 case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152245 Hdd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500202 gpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005 psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823233002 keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233146 ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131706 mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070 cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136232 blueray
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116716 os

Freebies that newegg chucked in
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832355030 antivirus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832286065

Subtotal:$1,219.40 Thats what my basket came to

If it was me I would save the money and get a F3 1tb that hard-drive is ok but not as a bootdrive just went for it as it was a 2tb drive
Edited by ryanbob1234 - 8/19/11 at 5:06pm
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Welcome to ocn challenge accepted
Thanks Looking forward to what you come up with
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Just gonna make a guess but that $220 mobo seems to bee why. I think I've heard people say Dell mobos aren't that high of quality. Somone will definately beat the price.
    
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post #5 of 30
yes, but why would you build that exact rig?

can do better cpu and gpu for cheaper...



that is without much work and includes the OS

faster for everything you could possibly want to do, add more memory if you want and would still be cheaper

Edited by trulsrohk - 8/19/11 at 5:16pm
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post #6 of 30
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Just gonna make a guess but that $220 mobo seems to bee why. I think I've heard people say Dell mobos aren't that high of quality. Somone will definately beat the price.
Even if I make that $100, I am still missing some of the stuff that the Dell has like the OS and some peripherals.

Im looking for someone to blow the XPS 9100 out of the water
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It's probably the stuff like RAM, Case, Mobo, PSU that Dell would use generic stuff for.
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Looks like you forgot Windows too...that's another $110.

Having said that, I have a Dell XPS 9100 that I purchased about a year and a half ago. The specs and price aren't too far off what you listed.
Then this year, when I had the itch for a new computer, I decided to build my own. While the Dell is no slouch, it's not in the same league as my new one.

Yes, it did cost me twice as much with monitors, but more importantly, I learned a lot, and I know that I'll probably never buy another pre-built for myself again. If you can build your own and stay within your budget, I highly recommend it just for the experience.
I have had a few small issues with the Dell that a year ago drove me crazy, but now have taken care of. Having to learn how everything works together gave me the confidence to work on prebuilt computers and troubleshoot them just like when I built mine.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich
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well that $299 outdated processor could be an issue too. Go Sandybridge. Less expensive and big gains over the 1st Gen Core Processors. Let me see what I can come up with. This will take a while
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