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Dell.ca - Looking for best deal on entry level XPS during boxing week/day

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Dell.ca - Looking for best deal on entry level XPS during boxing week/day

I've been trying to find the best deal possible on an entry level XPS 8500 during this Boxing season. I do not need monitor, keyboard, etc... Tower only.

I also don't need more than 1 TB HD, I don't really care about SSD drives (for now at least), I'd like a decent, basic video card (no integrated Intel, any entry level Radeon or NVIDIA with 1GB should do the job) and 6-8GB RAM (if 4GB needs to be 1 slot so I can add some after). As far as CPUs go, I'm fine with any 3rd gen i5 (don't need i7 and not sure they have any new XPS with 2nd gen for purchase anymore in the XPS series anyway).

They currently have a decent system @ 649$ : http://goo.gl/d4oUp

With RFD cash back (4%) and a 25$ off any desktop or laptop order over 599$ coupon (XW$66R1418TVB9), with sale taxes in QC it would add up to approx 685$ delivered (when you include the ~28$ cashback from RFD).

Anyone found/can find a better deal on an XPS? Are there any specials, coupons, boxing day/week offers coming up, that I haven't found on RFD yet? Also open to non-Dell option (but no "build it yourself" systems).

EDIT : Apparently, as of a few minutes ago (22-DEC, approx 14h EST) the 25$ off coupon has expired... Oh well! :|

Thanks!
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Yeah, I did take a look at the flyer... I find they have great deals on entry level Inspirons (300-500) and higher end XPS (900+) but there's no deal on "middle range" ones in the 500-800 range (high-end Inspirons or low-end XPS). The 660 @ 479$ (579$ reg http://goo.gl/jmORR) is a decent deal, but it has integrated Intel graphics... I've never had a PC with integrated Intel graphics, but I've heard from many people that as soon as you try to play any recent PC game or even some 1080p videos, it sucks terribly. I don't play that many PC games but if I want to I want to have a decent, basic video card.

Can anybody convince me otherwise?
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Why not build a AMD A8 or A10 rig? It might be able to handle recent games but it will play 1080p videos fine...

Or here
PCPartPicker part list
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.98 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GT 640 2GB Video Card ($49.44 @ Amazon Canada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $669.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Has faster CPU and GPU than http://configure.dell.com/dellstore/con ... &cs=cadhs1

AMD Rig
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($92.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus F1A55-M LE R2.0 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $502.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Yeah, 710$ or so before cashback, QC taxes included. If I include the 28$ I'll get in cashback it comes down to approximately 680-690$ (didn't look at the details if coupon is calculated before taxes and cashback after coupon/taxes or vice versa, etc...).
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spandexninja wrote:
Dec 22nd, 2012 1:56 pm
$570 pre-built PC at NCIX with:
-AMD A10-5800K CPU (Radeon HD 7660D integrated graphics)
-8GB ram
-1TB 7200RPM hard drive

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=77644&vpn ... a%20series
Interesting deal... I'll definitely keep this one in mind as the deal is on till Dec 31st (although stock seems limited), thanks! I've never been down the AMD road in the past (as you can see, I'm a pretty conservative guy!). What are the main differences that I would notice with an AMD CPU? Any compatibility issues with games, softwares, or is that a thing of the past?
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bennyboy84 wrote:
Dec 22nd, 2012 2:08 pm
What are the main differences that I would notice with an AMD CPU? Any compatibility issues with games, softwares, or is that a thing of the past?
You wouldn't notice any difference just from using an AMD CPU (you won't get any compatibility issues), but some games will perform slightly worse (or in the case of GW2, much worse) with AMD CPUs because they are more optimized for Intel or they don't play nice with the AMD architecture. The AMD A10 is a good CPU for people on a budget because the integrated graphics is very powerful.
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