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New pc time.

Looking for advice on this dell xps 630.

Monitor, graphics card etc.


Intel® Core™ 2 Quad-Core Processor Q6600 (2.40Ghz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB cache)


4Yr XPS Premium Warranty Support - Priority Call In and Onsite Support


24in E248WFP WIDESCREEN UK/Irish Black (1920 x 1200) TCO99 DVI-D


4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [4x1024]


640 GB Serial ATA non Raid (7200 Rpm)


Dual Crossfire TM 512 MB ATI Radeon 3870 HD


TV Tuner (analog/digital) with Remote Control


16X DVD+/-RW (Read/Write DVD, CD)


Dell™ Enhanced USB Multimedia Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)


Dell Optical Scroll Premium Mouse


SoundBlaster™ XFI™ Xtreme Gamer Card


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Nice spec!

I always downgrade the warranty on Dells to 1yr collect & return option as it saves £££'s..

Wouldn't bother with any great length of warranty either. I can just about understand yr 2 (if it's cheap) but beyond that, the PC will most likely be so out of date that it won't cost much to replace with something same/better.

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Quattroman, can I ask - are you looking at the Dell Outlet or are you considering boxfresh from Dell?

Thanks for the replies guys.

Boxfresh, I came up with that spec via the website.

I have a budget of around €2k inc vat and want the most up to date components I can get, especially motherboards, graphics cards which I know sod all about.+++

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I'd recommend these bits.... (not sure if you want to build your own, but plenty of companies allow you to specify exact bits. and a few chaps on ebay will build to your spec for about 60 quid build charge)


(no point buying better really as so easy to overclock. over 3ghz your bottleneck will be ram/disks etc)

Arctic cooling freezer pro 7

(great cpu cooler. no thermal compound required)

Gigabyte EP35C-DS3R.

(great board. there is no faster motherboard that you'd notice. lock mem to speed of your ram and change bus to 333 for 3ghz Q6600. easy peasy. solid as a rock. takes DDR2 or DDR3. DDR3 will not give you a speed gain though)

Corsair 1066 dominator RAM or 800 XMS2. 2GB or 4GB.

MOBI 3000 or 7500 64GB SSD.

(The fastest solid state disk bar a hyperdrive which is out of budget. use this as system disk. MOBI 3000 is much cheaper and gives 95% of the performance)

Any old SATAII 7200RPM disk as data drive.

(they are all the same speed. Velociraptor is a teeny bit quicker but not much)

Coolermaster IGREEN PSU 600W+

(very efficient. will reduce your electric costs. Big PSUs dont cost more money to run, and dells come with crap PSUs)

Any old DVD drive

(liteon are traditionally best)

Any NVIDIA 8800GT+ card or 9800GX2.

Forget crossfire. Forget SLI.

Total cost including case and XP/vista should be around £1200.

Even if you spend 3K on a dell H20 system, it will be slower in usage than the above.

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