Dimension XPS vs. 8300

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Sseaott, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. Sseaott

    Sseaott Guest

    Is it really worth the extra 3 or 4 hundred dollars to go with the new XPS?
    I will be buying a new desktop in about another week or so and I'm trying to
    Sseaott, Apr 3, 2004
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    SOX Guest

    Depending on how serious a PC gamer you are & if you need to do a lot of
    video editing, etc. I don't need the very top of the line computer, so I'd
    rather go with 8300 and get a big hard drive (at least 120 GB of HD) and at
    least 512 MB of RAM, a fast DVD burner and so on instead. Actually 4600C is
    probably good enough for me, plus all those extra good stuff :) It's entire
    up to you, depending on what you want to do with the computer.

    SOX, Apr 3, 2004
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  3. When I priced the two back in December, it seemed that the 8300 speced
    out about the same. So I bought the XPS. I came with bonus quadruple
    memory (2 GB--that really attracted me), upgrade HDD 120 GB, lots of
    room inside for a couple more hard drives, $150 rebate, free shipping.

    It came to my door (after rebate) for $1800. That included Altec
    Lansing 745 speakers, and less than cutting edge CPU (3.0 GHz), and
    ATI graphics adapter (Radeon 9800 Pro). No monitor.

    It makes Photoshop and 3D Studio fly.

    Seemed like a good deal--I'm pleased!

    I'm even used to the silly, adolescent brushed face plate and the
    gaudy blue case (it's under my desk, pretty much outta sight anyway)

    --John W. Wells
    John W. Wells, Apr 4, 2004
  4. What about the XPS makes it better for video editing than the Dim8300?

    Thomas G. Marshall, Apr 25, 2004
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Because it is blue :)
    Tom Scales, Apr 25, 2004
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    Don Guest

    The XPS has a 460 watt power supply vs. 250 watt in the 8300. The XPS
    has a larger case. The XPS fans are somewhat louder.

    When I purchased my XPS last year from the small business site the
    price was almost exactly the same as the 8300. I set up an 8300 for
    my neighbor a couple of months ago.

    In my estimation the larger case and power supply are not worth much
    more than $50. I don't know the extra cost for the blue paint, the
    hinged upper face and the satin aluminum lower face. $8.75?

    Don, Apr 26, 2004
  7. I don't know either, but IMO the design is horribly ugly.
    Thomas G. Marshall, Apr 26, 2004
  8. So you're saying it doesn't speak to your inner adolescent?! ;-)

    I bought the XPS last December over the 8300 for the same reason as
    Don. The quadruple memory (2GB) really turned my head!

    It's pretty dark under my desk where it lives--the case looks almost
    black from here and the silly aluminum face unnoticeable at this

    --John W. Wells
    John W. Wells, Apr 27, 2004
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