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lenovo vs dell prebuilt

recently got the lenovo in this thread:
lenovo-canada-legion-tower-5i-gen-6-i7- ... n-2505787/

been working smoothly but i'm wondering if i should return it for this dell:
https://www.dell.com/en-ca/shop/gaming- ... ab4e203c2d

mostly play warzone which is super cpu heavy and want to maximize frames. i have a 1440p 240hz monitor. do you guys think going from 11700f to 5900x and 3070 to 3080 is worth the extra ~$1k? I do lose 16gb ram, 512gb ssd, and have to go from lenovo to dell albeit with liquid cooling. thoughts?
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dell likes to use custom psus and mobos so when the warranty runs out if anything goes wrong its gonna be more pain in the ass to repair it. lenovo generally sticks with standard stuff.
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I'm not sure what you paid but the Dell is only about $100-$200 more for the specs you mentioned.

The Dell system would be faster, plus, you would get a more powerful PSU.
The Lenovo has an SSD and the Lenovo has an NVME.

Considering that you might be able to get better promos and discounts with Dell, it could work out cheaper.
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i actually got the deal in that thread so ~$1900+tax-12% rakuten hence the ~$1k price difference i was referring to. both mobos are end of life cycle right? any cpu upgrade for either would require a new one anyways? although you do make a good point if something breaks.
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jamesyboy101 wrote: i actually got the deal in that thread so ~$1900+tax-12% rakuten hence the ~$1k price difference i was referring to. both mobos are end of life cycle right? any cpu upgrade for either would require a new one anyways? although you do make a good point if something breaks.
as for next gen ya. bit neither of those chips are highest end for there gen though so there is "upgrades" just wont be able to go 12th gen on intel and whatever amds next gen is pretty sure there going am5 next with probably a dif pin set.

the main issues with dell is mobo can be custom shape/sizes so alot of times u can't just slap a standard atx board in. there psus don't always just use the standard 24 and 8 pin power and sometimes even the video card is powered off some weird breakout cable.

so just means if the mobo or psu dies u either have to get the very same ones or some custom adapters. so if u plan on using the system for a few years and u really want the dell best to buy there warranty upgrade so if stuff dies its on dell to figure out replacements and if they can't get them they pretty much have to do a full upgrade.

with Lenovo at least if something goes wrong u should just be able to grab whatever off the self part off amazon newegg or local shop has and slap it in.

also weather u get either the lenovo or the dell probably a good idea to do a full os wipe and just to a clean install. i've seen a few youtubers do videos of prebuilts and alot of them these oem windows installs can have all kinds of weirdness ranging from random bluescreens to performance loss in games. then they do a clean install without all the bloatware the oem puts on and everything works 10x better.
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If you plan on keeping the system longer than the length of the warranty, I'd go with lenovo.

Lenovo tends to use standard parts (depending on model, SFF and tiny have some compromises), they also continue to support their products with bios and driver updates for several years after they are discontinued, they also have fantastic linux support on thinkpads.
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