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Rate my DELL XPS 15 Sale Configuration

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Rate my DELL XPS 15 Sale Configuration

Ok.. so I saw the ongoing Dell sale for XPS 15 Sandy Bridge @ http://www.redflagdeals.com/deals/main. ... at/#e53634 on the front page. I decided to give the link a try. Can you guys help me rate this configuration?



Dell XPS 15 for 994$:

Processor 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM processor 2.00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz (+200$)

Microsoft Solutions Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit
Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook

LCD and Camera 15.6 in HD WLED TL (1366x768) with Skype-Certified 2.0MP HD Webcam

Memory 6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory

Hard Drive 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive

Graphics Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M 1GB graphics with Optimus

Optical Drive 8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)

Battery Options 92 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery (+50$)

Wireless Card Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030 & Bluetooth 3.0 (+20$)

Sound Options JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3

Keyboard Backlit Keyboard - English (25$)


The upgrades I chose are in Green above. This seems like a great deal for this configuration, but I could be wrong.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: According to the benchmarks below, the 200$ processor upgrade is FASTER than the 300$ processor upgrade. Am I seeing things?
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html If the process is really that fast, this seems like a steal. A few things on standard on the XPS including a USB 3.0, Subwoofer (on the bottom), aluminum finish... and a battery indicator on the battery. Should I also get an upgraded vid card?



edit: Going to hold out for a better sale. Took some advice and took the Processor and Bluetooth out of the configuration.
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Looks pretty standard to me @ 944 + tax = 1123.22$ i dont know if enviro fees are added to this.
I personally really dislike Dell, but they are the #1 seller for a reason.

For the CPU i dont know why the quad core 2630 is cheaper than the 2620 dual core. And the reason why the 2630 outperforms the 2620 is because it has twice the amount of threads and that benchmark makes full use of them. 200$ is alot for a CPU upgrade

The video card is pretty low end and upgrading for 100 dollars brings it to about a mid-low end card. The current card is spec'd around a 9600GT which can play most games at low-medium settings, but dont expect crysis 1, Metro 2033 or anything along those lines.

The Keyboard upgrade i really like :)

Bluetooth for 20 dollars.. meh if u really need it, or you could buy a 3 dollar dongle

What are you using this thing for anyways?
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Tainger wrote: Looks pretty standard to me @ 944 + tax = 1123.22$ i dont know if enviro fees are added to this.
I personally really dislike Dell, but they are the #1 seller for a reason.

For the CPU i dont know why the quad core 2630 is cheaper than the 2620 dual core. And the reason why the 2630 outperforms the 2620 is because it has twice the amount of threads and that benchmark makes full use of them. 200$ is alot for a CPU upgrade

The video card is pretty low end and upgrading for 100 dollars brings it to about a mid-low end card. The current card is spec'd around a 9600GT which can play most games at low-medium settings, but dont expect crysis 1, Metro 2033 or anything along those lines.

The Keyboard upgrade i really like :)

Bluetooth for 20 dollars.. meh if u really need it, or you could buy a 3 dollar dongle

What are you using this thing for anyways?

Thanks. Your advice is really sound. I'm cutting back the bluetooth and processor. Just opting for the battery and backlit keyboard now. I'll be using this mainly for work, light gaming, movies, and a desktop replacement since it'll be my main computer. Dell rated ok on the 3 year laptop failure study v.s. even lenovo and since the XPS is *supposed* to be a better Dell laptop, this looked like the way to go. With these changes it almost perfectly fits what I'm looking for and some things I really like about the XPS include the aluminum finish, subwoofer, USB 3.0 (2 ports), and the 2mp camera...

[edit] I have a loaner laptop for now. Maybe I can hold out for a few more months during which dell might have a better deal.
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Check out XoticPC's "Sager NP5160", with a START price of $749~. Add FHD screen, i7 2630, and 500GB HDD and Win 7 HP, and it tops at $1019 (with $30 discount, it's $988). That may better suit what you want, or it may not... however take a look at what Xotic has, and how you can configure. I've decided I DESPISE the 1366x768. I bought a 22" 1680x1050 screen to use instead of my laptops 15.6" 1366x768.
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_Allan_ wrote: Check out XoticPC's "Sager NP5160", with a START price of $749~. Add FHD screen, i7 2630, and 500GB HDD and Win 7 HP, and it tops at $1019 (with $30 discount, it's $988). That may better suit what you want, or it may not... however take a look at what Xotic has, and how you can configure. I've decided I DESPISE the 1366x768. I bought a 22" 1680x1050 screen to use instead of my laptops 15.6" 1366x768.

Wow, read your post about ODMs. Liking how the xotic site is looking and their mission statement. Going to take a good luck for sure.
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ubii wrote: Wow, read your post about ODMs. Liking how the xotic site is looking and their mission statement. Going to take a good luck for sure.

XoticPC, GenTechPC.com are decent places to get your systems.

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