Dell's XPS700 build your own

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Craig, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. Craig

    Craig Guest

    Thanks for the heads up, fixed now.

    Craig, Sep 24, 2006
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    Anyone here have any experience with this option to send you a box of
    XPS700 parts and you build it yourself? I'm interested because I'd like
    the big case w/4 HDDs, but don't want/need a high end video card, sound
    card (I already have an Audigy2 ZS Platinum Pro), etc. It does not,
    however, come with a copy of XP, so I'd have to cop one somewhere. What
    does XP Pro go for these days?

    Sparky Spartacus, Sep 24, 2006
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  3. No experience with Dell's build your own, but just looking at those
    prices I can't see why anyone would want to. If you're going to build
    your own just go to Frys or buy fron
    Nicholas Andrade, Sep 24, 2006
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    Clint Guest

    Why would you bother? $1100 for an Intel D 930 processor, case,
    motherboard, PSU, and 512MB of RAM doesn't seem like that good of a deal,
    IMHO. Considering the price of the CPU upgrades, like the D 930 to E6600
    processor, is twice that of the newegg price difference, I really don't see
    the point.

    As far as the OS goes, XP Pro goes for $279.99 at newegg. If you get the
    OEM version (as you would if you put together a system from them, or
    purchased some components like a HD), you can get the OEM version for

    And what's up with the $100 upgrade to from Black to Red? What do you get
    besides the snazzy red front? How is it $100 for the red piece of plastic?

    Clint, Sep 24, 2006
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    S.Lewis Guest

    And I'd add:


    Quality, large well ventilated cases can be found pretty easily.

    S.Lewis, Sep 24, 2006
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    Bob Levine Guest

    Bob Levine, Sep 24, 2006
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    Notan Guest

    Craig -

    If you haven't noticed, your system clock/date are incorrect!

    Notan, Sep 25, 2006
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    Notan Guest


    It looks as though your AMs and PMs are backwards! <g>

    Notan, Sep 25, 2006
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    User N Guest

    Interesting... I didn't even know such an option existed. Conceptually they
    could just send you all of the parts, or they could assemble everything you
    order leaving it up to you to install any missing parts and the OS. What
    leads you to believe that it is the former?

    If they assembled some or all of the parts you order it would save you some
    work. Dell is also good about getting warranty replacement parts out to you
    quickly and covering all shipping costs for said. However, those prices are
    quite high and it isn't as though Dell cases, power supplies, motherboards,
    etc are known or guaranteed to be top shelf. Before you pull the plug you
    might want to spec and price your own system, and touching base with the
    folks in the forums at might be helpfull with that. If you
    are willing to spend some big bucks you might as well end up with a system
    that is not only superb in terms of cooling but also quiet and efficient.
    User N, Sep 25, 2006
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    Craig Guest

    Gheesh.........I just set the time manually, the automatic time sync feature
    in XP is not changing the am/pm.

    Craig, Sep 25, 2006
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    Notan Guest

    Bottom line is that the questions are appearing before the answers,
    not vice versa! <g>

    See ya!

    Notan, Sep 25, 2006
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    Craig Guest

    Dell OEM XP Pro SP2

    Craig, Sep 25, 2006
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    Craig Guest

    I know that, I assumed the OP does to, just buy a license to go with it..

    Craig, Sep 25, 2006
  14. Sparky Spartacus, Sep 25, 2006
  15. I didn't know for sure, although Dell's description sounds as though it
    might be the former (see below). I called Dell's XPS sales support with
    a few questions, one of which concerned how much assembly was done by
    Dell, they assemble everything you buy from them.
    Good advice (from multiple posters); but I don't actually want to build
    a computer from parts, I wanted a new Dell good for video editing (my
    most intensive computer task by far) and the XPS700 sounded like a good
    choice (the tower has 4 HDD bays, plus 2 optical bays, FDD, etc.); but
    it's targeted at gamers, so it includes an expensive video card, X-Fi
    sound card, etc., which I have no interest in. The Build It Yourself
    from Dell has several advantages for me:

    1. anything ordered from Dell comes assembled (so the mobo will be
    mounted in the case with the Intel chip & memory already installed).
    I'll have to install a video card of my choice, the HDDs (3 of which
    will come straight from my Dim8400, plus the Seagate 750GB - thanks to
    whoever mentioned that), sound card (I have an Audigy 2 ZS in the
    Dim8400), a DVD burner (bought a new one just a couple of months ago and
    have had it mounted in a USB2 external housing so II could put the 4
    HDDs in the Dim8400), etc. Basically that's what I've done with the last
    2 Dells I bought from their Outlet Store (a Dim4550 before the 8400).

    2. The Dell parts have a one year warranty;

    3. can be returned in 21 days from invoice date if I want and

    3. qualify as an XPS system to get 18 month no interest financing (I'm
    happy to let Dell carry the paper for me <g>).

    What I'll end up with is an XPS700 custom configured for me at the cost
    of the 410 I returned. I ordered the kit this morning and Dell shows it
    already In Production (unless they're out of parts they should be able
    to box & ship this today). As always, time will tell & YMMV.


    Dell's description for this option:

    For the true tech enthusiast, we're offering the XPS 700: Build Your Own
    series. Purchase the case, power supply, motherboard, processor and
    memory from Dell as a parts-only bundle and build your ultimate gaming
    rig at home with exactly the components you want. This Build Your Own
    series is specifically designed for computer enthusiasts who enjoy
    building their computers, and are not functioning systems.
    Sparky Spartacus, Sep 25, 2006
  16. AFAIK, I assume it's a gamer's thing. ;)
    Sparky Spartacus, Sep 25, 2006
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    Tom Scales Guest

    I like the idea too and follow your logic completely. When I am ready, I
    may use this option too. Yes, I know I could go buy parts, but this is more
    comfortable for me.

    Tom Scales, Sep 25, 2006
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    HDRDTD Guest

    I'm pretty sure the power supply is bigger (1000 watts?) in Big Red than in
    the Black version (650 watts?)
    HDRDTD, Sep 25, 2006
  19. I think you're right - the black one comes with a 750W power supply and
    Dell says they offer a 1,000M one as well.
    Sparky Spartacus, Sep 25, 2006
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    User N Guest

    Thanks for confirming that they do assembly and congrats on your purchase.
    Just to clarify something though, when I suggested that you might want to spec
    and price your own system I was thinking that you would be willing to assemble
    it all but I didn't mean to suggest that you would have to. That XPS 700 parts
    only bundle is what is more commonly known as a barebones system and there
    are numerous companies which sell and warranty those. That Dell bundle is
    also approaching the price range where you can get a high quality, moderately
    configured complete system from one of the smaller reputable companies which
    you could then add your parts to. Obviously one would have to research things,
    run the numbers, and look at things from all angles. Not the least of which is
    whether or not one needs a system designed and scaled around SLI gaming.
    For alot of video related applications a 975 based MB, high-efficiency 400 or
    500 watt PS, and a quiet ATX case with better HD cooling/mounting should
    provide superior performance in every respect. You could even save some
    bucks, watts, etc by going with a 965 based MB.
    User N, Sep 26, 2006
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