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In brief: Finding an RTX 3000-series graphics card these days without paying two or three times the MSRP is a nigh-on impossible task, meaning that pre-built PCs are becoming a more enticing option. Dell’s XPS Desktop, for example, packs a much sought-after RTX 3070 and is available with almost $500 off.
Many PC gamers have long turned their noses up at pre-built machines, which usually cost more than self-builds and can use inferior parts. But with the chip shortages, scalpers, and miners ensuring graphics cards are like gold right now, the value of a PC that’s already been put together has become more apparent—though some companies, such as Fierce, are selling them without GPUs.
The rest of the PC is no slouch, either: the processor consists of Intel’s Core i5-10400 Comet Lake CPU (you can upgrade to a Core i5-10600K for an extra $45), there’s 16GB of DDR4 RAM (2666 MHz), a 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, and a 1TB 7,200rpm HDD.
Normally $1,879, the XPS Desktop is now down to $1,566. You can get an additional 10% off, bringing the price to $1,409.40, using the code TRAVIS10OFF (thanks, Tom’s Hardware).
If you’re looking for something with a little more power, this version ups the processor to a Core i7-10700K. With the discount code, it’s available for $1,709, over $400 off the usual price.
Delivery for these PCs is set for late April to early May.