Your Help Please - Which System is better?

  mattr1979 00:27 05 Mar 2008

Hi There,

I am about to order a new system, but as a novice i need a little advice or a slight push in the right direction. Now i'm not doing this completely blind, i have done a little research over the past couple of weeks but this has perhaps confused me a little more and my head is now buldging and pulsating with CPU's, HDD's and PSU's. I'm literally spitting Mhz here people!

I have decided upon a Quad core system - Q6600 to be precise. That was fairly simple to decide upon, the rest of the build is a little more confusing for me. I have 2 spec's that i have almost definately possibly maybe decided upon. Monitor is not needed, just the base unit. The first is a Dell machine and the next a custom build.

XPS 420
Premium Chassis
Quad Core Q6600
4GB RAM 800Mhz (unsure of make)
640GB HDD RAID 0 (2x 320GB)
16X DVD +/- RW Drive
Vista Ultimate

Custom Build System...

Quad Core Q6600
X-Cruiser Case
Asus P5NE32-E-SLI (I have absolutely no idea if this is any good)
620watt PSU (Corsair)
4GB RAM 800Mhz (Corsair)
1 x 80GB HDD & 1 x 500GB HDD
2 x Pioneer 112d DVD re-writer
Vista Ultimate

Both are approx the same sort of price. Is there a better spec here? Which would you go for? If theres not much between them i guess it would go down to reliability and reputation of the supplier - the big player of dell or the smaller but perhaps more customer focused system builder?!

Over to you forum people....

  mattr1979 14:27 05 Mar 2008

My original spec has indeed changed slightly. I originally did it a few days back but the dell website has updated since then, so the new spec is as follows...

XPS 420
4GB RAM 800Mhz
1TB HDD (2 x 500GB)
768MB nVIDEA 8800 GTX
6x Blue-Ray ROM (read) Drive
Vista Ultimate
£1178.99 Inc VAT

You maybe right about the Ultimate version. I took that option mainly because of the remote access. For the money i guess Premium should suffice. I had also intended for the TV Tuner card and Accellorator but i've got reservations as to the quality compared to price. I might pick one up seperately.

Let me know your thoughts. The HDD's and optical is maybe overkill for my needs. I'd be quite happy with lesser amount.

  GaT7 16:23 05 Mar 2008

Yeah, sorry you're right the other deal seems to have expired.

Have a look at the following two options....

I. £916, if you're willing to do a little DIY & sell off the original RAM:

Get this 420 XPS click here for £899 after the 10% discount:

ADD for:
- £65: 4GB 800Mhz good quality RAM from click here - leaving 2 slots free in the bargain (no pun intended!). Btw, this is cheaper than Dell's upgrade to 4Gb 800Mhz RAM!!
- £15: another DVD-RW drive click here

Total = £979

SELL the 3Gb RAM that came with the PC for ~£25 on eBay.

Quidco cashback = £38

GRAND Total = £916


II. £795, If you're willing to do a little more DIY & sell off the original RAM & graphics card. This saves £120 from the above, but is essentially the SAME spec:

Get this 420 XPS click here for £539 after the 10% discount:

ADD for:
- £65: 4GB 800Mhz good quality RAM click here - leaving 2 slots free in the bargain (no pun intended!)
- £225: 8800GTX 768Mb click here
- £45: OCZ 600W PSU click here (if Dell provide their under-rated 425W PSU, then you can safely skip this)
- £15: another DVD-RW drive click here

Total = £889

SELL the following parts on eBay (that came with the PC):
- 2Gb RAM for ~£15
- 8800GTS for ~£57

Quidco cashback = £22

GRAND Total = £795

You could get a TV tuner from eBuyer or elsewhere. I'd recommend an external hard drive for backups. Or, to keep costs down, get a HDD enclosure & use the largest drive from your previous PC. G

P.S. If anyone else can offer something equivalent or better for the price, go for that

  GaT7 16:44 05 Mar 2008

Actually, the 2 specs above are different in couple of areas - the 1st has the Blu-Ray drive & more hard disk space.

For both, I'd recommend the external hard drive for backups.

The eBay estimates are approx. of course! G

  mattr1979 17:43 05 Mar 2008

Crossbow7, many thanks for all your help. You seem to have gone to a lot of trouble to help so thank you. It's appreciated.

I think i'm going to go for option 1. I can just about manage to swap the memory but i will probably go for an external optical drive - anything for an easy life.

One more final question - are there any voucher discount codes for ordering via business? I'm pretty sure i'll claim the VAT back ordering either home or business, but i hear the business route provides a little better customer service. I might be wrong on that, just what i hear on the grapevine, so to speak.

  GaT7 18:03 05 Mar 2008

My pleasure, glad to help.

No there aren't any Business vouchers at the moment that I'm aware of.

I think you're right about the Business support being a bit better, but I couldn't tell you for sure. G

  GaT7 21:04 06 Mar 2008

What did you go for eventually? G

  mattr1979 09:06 07 Mar 2008

I ordered the Dell machine as per your advice for option 1. I order via the business section.

I just hope i'm one of the lucky ones that dont have any problems with delivery.

Thanks again for all your help, much appreciated!

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