Looking to buy a new rig, advice needed

By nando99 · 5 replies
Jun 20, 2010
  1. First off, I really like Dells - my experience with them has been good and their warranties are great.

    I'm looking to game, a lot... I'm actually getting rid of my PS3 to concentrate on gaming on the PC...

    My question, is this PC worth it for the price?

    How soon do you foresee me having to upgrade things on the PC?

    The PC:

    Studio XPS 9000 Studio XPS 9000
    Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
    Studio XPS 9000 Intel® Core™ i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz)
    Memory 12GB Tri-Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 6 DIMMs
    Keyboard Dell Studio Consumer Multimedia Keyboard
    Monitor 21.5" Dell ST2210 Full HD Monitor with VGA cable
    Video Card nVidia GeForce GTS 240 1024MB
    Hard Drives 1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
    Mouse Dell Studio Optical Mouse
    Modem No Modem Option
    Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0 Multi-Language
    Optical Drives 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
    Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Speaker No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
    Network Integrated 10/1000 Ethernet
    Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed) Microsoft® Office Starter 2010
    Security Software McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months
    Hardware Support Services 3 Year Advanced Service Plan
    Datasafe Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year

    Click on View Configuration Details

    All info/help/advice is appreciated, thanks in advance...
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    What price?
  3. nando99

    nando99 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    lol.. sorry about that...

    total price is under $1478...
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    For gaming the GTS 240 is a lower end card. For that much money I would try to get a better card such as an Radeon HD 5850 or better.

    Also, while you might not notice much actual speed difference, the 16X optical drive is a bit old. It has been superceded by first 18X, 22X and, for awhile now, 24X.
  5. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Downgrade the CPU to an i5 750, downgrade to 4GB RAM and put that money towards something like a Radeon 5850/5870. You will get a much better balance of components and higher frame rates in games.

    However I doubt Dell/HP etc. would give you those options (they tend to be very CPU biased) so you could look at some custom system builders - don't know which ones there are in the US but a quick google would do the trick.
  6. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I absolutely concur with slh28. Also consider building the system yourself and you may save a little bit.
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