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[Dell] Dell XPS Tower Special Edition / $1499 / i7-8700 6-Core / 256GB PCIe x4 SSD

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[Dell] Dell XPS Tower Special Edition / $1499 / i7-8700 6-Core / 256GB PCIe x4 SSD

Hi All,

I've been looking for a VR ready desktop

$569.00 instant savings
$100 with coupon $100OFF$1300PC
+ 2% ebates (didn't include in savings)

some people have been able to get 10% VIP e-mail sign up (I haven't been able to)

considering upgrading graphics card to 1080 (+$200) or memory to 16gb (+$200) and using $150 coupon ($150OFF$1700PC) - any recommendations?

Will any gaming desktop (from newegg) with similar specs beat this price during Black Friday?
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Sep 10, 2012
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Saskatoon
Solid deal, especially with the 8th gen intel cpu
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Richmond
This is not a very good deal. If you part out the list is pcpartpicker it come to similar price. Historically speaking Black Friday deal or any other good deal usually are less than a parted list, sometimes up to 15%

So I would hold off if I were you.

Also, $200 for a 1070 -> 1080 upgrade is not a good deal. 1070 is usually only around $100 - 150 different. Same with the memory upgrade. 8 -> 16 should not cost $200. So nothing so far makes this a good deal.
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Mississauga
ID01 wrote:
Oct 27th, 2017 3:14 pm
This is not a very good deal. If you part out the list is pcpartpicker it come to similar price. Historically speaking Black Friday deal or any other good deal usually are less than a parted list, sometimes up to 15%

So I would hold off if I were you.
Thanks for the heads up -- I should also mention I currently have $55 with Dell Advantage ePromotional card

though the 10% signup would actually make it worth while
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Jun 14, 2009
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200$ for a 16gb upgrade is laughable, you can get 16gb for 150$
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May 22, 2009
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Capital City
Even if the individual parts would be cheaper, there's always a price at which it's better to pay someone else to do something for you (and vice versa). According to this thread the price Dell is charging and the price of the individual parts are pretty similar, and obviously you're going to have to pay them to make it worth it to make changes.

I used to be a build my own PC guy, but now I'm seeing the benefit of paying a couple extra hundred to get it all done for me, working well out of the box.

That being said, there's always been a concern that the background parts, like mobo, PSU, RAM and SSD will be of lower quality than you would get by doing it yourself. Sometimes this stuff is fine when it's generic, but sometimes you want to min/max every single part.
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Jul 17, 2007
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If you upgrade the Dell, you can use $150OFF$1700PC
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Aug 11, 2006
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this is especially true when you want to do any OC, who knows what power supply it will be providing in this setup
jmikelittle wrote:
Oct 27th, 2017 3:44 pm
Even if the individual parts would be cheaper, there's always a price at which it's better to pay someone else to do something for you (and vice versa). According to this thread the price Dell is charging and the price of the individual parts are pretty similar, and obviously you're going to have to pay them to make it worth it to make changes.

I used to be a build my own PC guy, but now I'm seeing the benefit of paying a couple extra hundred to get it all done for me, working well out of the box.

That being said, there's always been a concern that the background parts, like mobo, PSU, RAM and SSD will be of lower quality than you would get by doing it yourself. Sometimes this stuff is fine when it's generic, but sometimes you want to min/max every single part.
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Jan 18, 2016
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Saint-Romuald, QC
My attempt to match Dell's build, using the shittiest ATX case and 450W 80+ Bronze PSU I could find, minus the laser mouse, optical drive and OS license:

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/LKR2XH ($1588.93 after -$25 mail-in rebates)
[OP]
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Nov 9, 2009
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Mississauga
quanzi wrote:
Oct 28th, 2017 3:04 am
My attempt to match Dell's build, using the shittiest ATX case and 450W 80+ Bronze PSU I could find, minus the laser mouse, optical drive and OS license:

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/LKR2XH ($1588.93 after -$25 mail-in rebates)
Thanks

I decided to upgrade to 1080 and use code $150OFF$1700PC

with the upgrade and tax it came to a total of $1,826.24

not bad for 8th gen cpu and nVidia 1080 -- only catch is I'll probably have to upgrade the memory on my own at some point

hopefully I don't miss out on any crazy BF deals
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Aug 19, 2016
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Custom build ftw. After learning to build a system myself, I will never buy a pre-build.
Out of the box working is over rated. How do you know how rough they handled your parts? The only part you are confident in getting is the CPU, all other parts are usually the lower end variant.
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CollegeGraduate wrote:
Oct 29th, 2017 2:41 pm
Custom build ftw. After learning to build a system myself, I will never buy a pre-build.
Out of the box working is over rated. How do you know how rough they handled your parts? The only part you are confident in getting is the CPU, all other parts are usually the lower end variant.
One thing nice about pre-built from Dell is that you can tell them to send a technician down to make it work if anything goes wrong
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Newbie
Aug 29, 2010
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Finally pulled the trigger. Don't think I'll do better on Black Friday as the default discount on what I wanted ends Nov 3.
New XPS Tower SE with 8th gen 8700 i7, 16GB, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, GTX 1070. $719 off with $150OFF$1700PC coupon, for $1866 all-in after HST. Thanks OP!!
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Aug 29, 2010
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Oh, and Ebates for additional 2%, plus whatever MPP gets me.

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