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i priced out an xps 17 with these specs......

Genuine Windows® Home Premium, 64-Bit, English
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM processor 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.30 GHz
17.3" HD+ (900p) LED Display with 2.0MP HD Webcam
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M 3GB graphics with Optimus
640GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
1 Year Basic Service Plan
Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
McAfee Security Center with VirusScan, Firewall, Spyware Removal, 30-Day Trial
Elemental Silver Aluminum
Software & Services
Tray Load Blu-ray Disc BD-Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Standard Keyboard - English
No Mobile Broad Band Selected
JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3
Personalize
DataSafe 2.0 Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
My Accessories
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XPS 17
92 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9


anyway i hear the better way to go is with an i5 and geforce 445m due to heat being less of an issue??

what do you think/ what would you change?

usage will be minimal gaming (black ops here and there).......mostly internet play......it will most likely be a desktop replacement thatll have to last me at least 2-3 years.......
Edited by Squeeker The Cat - 4/1/11 at 1:28pm
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post #2 of 6
In my experience, the XPS laptops have pretty good ventilation. So the i7 would do fine.
Just a note: Dell charges up the a$$ for upgrading the RAM and HD thru them. So recheck those items and see how much it would be to upgrade those components from NewEgg for example.

Also, not sure if you check SlickDeals, but they posted this yesterday.

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthr...2001&t=2792029

It's a similar config for just $915 after some coupons.

Good luck.
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Well if your just going to be running Black Ops and the like, an i5 would probably work just as well. The 2.3 boosts to 2.9. That is if you want to save a few bucks. Some games can even use the HT on dual-core, at least BFBC2 does. Not as good as a real core but a bump.

I priced out a RAM upgrade for a Latitude I was putting together and vendors had 2gig for only a few bucks less but always good to check, they might be worse with 4gig modules.

Otherwise I'd suggest getting the upgrade to 1 year Pro-Support. You get more local service and a direct line into tech support. Not sure if it's called the same on the consumer side but could really be worth it for a few bucks.
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yeah cost isint too much of an issue.........im just building this to really be compatible for a few years really, thats why i was thinking i7. im just really making sure from those of you whom have dell laptops.......can one be used as a desktop replacement? i have never had a laptop of my own, just my wifes i barely use and she uses for like 45 mins a day...im usually on the somputer for several hours a day browsing, facebooking, downloading...etc......just want to make sure this thing will hold up foe a few years.......
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The system you spec'd will last fine unless there is some revolution in software development in the next couple years. The video card may not be playing grade A titles in 5 years but I'm sure you know about those risks. In terms of raw cpu performance, I'm sure there is somewhere you can compare desktop to mobile equivalent so you can see where it ranks in today's overall space.
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Personally I think $120 for the extra 4gb of ram is a bit steep. I think you can buy it yourself for around $40. I think.
    
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