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Can you build an I7 cheaper with these deals dell is pushing?

 
qwerty11
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May 06, 2010 14:54 |  #1

I just speced out this system below and it comes out to $1200. Would it even be possible to guild this system with the monitor for this price?

Software & Services
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Intel® Core™ i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz)
2 Year Basic Service Plan
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs
750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3
21.5" Dell ST2210 Full HD Monitor with VGA cable
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
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Soundblaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio
Integrated 10/1000 Ethernet
Dell Studio Consumer Multimedia Keyboard
Dell Studio Optical Mouse
No Modem Option
My Accessories
No Productivity software pre-installed
McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months
Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
Also Includes
Studio XPS 9000
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0 Multi-Language
$75 Dell Promo Gift Card - Arrives in 6-8 wks, carries a 90 Day Exp. Dell.com/giftcard




  
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May 06, 2010 17:11 |  #2

What are Dell charging?


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May 06, 2010 17:19 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #3

You can get close!

First off, the i7 930 is a little faster for only $10 more so try to find that unless you have a microcenter nearby where you can score some deals on the 920.

I dislike the 8GB of RAM here. The i7 9xx series uses tri channel memory so you should be buying 3GB, 6GB, 9GB, or 12GB. 6GB is the sweet spot for price/performance.

You can go cheaper on the video card. The 5450 isn't all that expensive, but you can go with a 4350 and still be fine. You don't need much here for photo editing.

The monitor included with this "deal" is not a good monitor for photo editing. It uses a TN panel. Try to get the 2209WA deal (should go for around $230, check the long thread here).

Depending on the OS you choose and some of the other parts you can build for around the $1200-$1300 mark for an i7 920/930. If you want to save a little try building an i7 860 machine. Should be a little cheaper due to the savings on the motherboard (1156 mobos are cheaper than 1366 mobos). With an i7 860 you'll shoot for 4GB or 8GB of RAM.


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May 06, 2010 23:37 |  #4

qwerty11 wrote in post #10133828 (external link)
I just speced out this system below and it comes out to $1200. Would it even be possible to guild this system with the monitor for this price?

Software & Services
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Intel® Core™ i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz)
2 Year Basic Service Plan
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs
750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3
21.5" Dell ST2210 Full HD Monitor with VGA cable
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Dell AX510PA 10W Attached Speaker for Dell Flat Panel Monitors
Soundblaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio
Integrated 10/1000 Ethernet
Dell Studio Consumer Multimedia Keyboard
Dell Studio Optical Mouse
No Modem Option
My Accessories
No Productivity software pre-installed
McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months
Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
Also Includes
Studio XPS 9000
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0 Multi-Language
$75 Dell Promo Gift Card - Arrives in 6-8 wks, carries a 90 Day Exp. Dell.com/giftcard

I would have a few questions before I made a commitment. What motherboard is used?
The I7-920 uses 3 channels of DDR3. Something is going on that is not clear regarding the memory.

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May 06, 2010 23:50 |  #5

I had priced out a few systems and one thing I ran into was memory configurations, they usually put a strange config in that will either have you paying them for the upgrade, or buying the minimum config from them and installing memory yourself (and in some cases not even using what comes with)

In the case about you should be alright since you could add 2 more 2gb sticks and have 12gb of triple channel.




  
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May 06, 2010 23:54 |  #6

qwerty11 wrote in post #10133828 (external link)
I just speced out this system below and it comes out to $1200. Would it even be possible to guild this system with the monitor for this price?

... - Arrives in 6-8 wks, carries a 90 Day Exp. Dell.com/giftcard

In which country?




  
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May 07, 2010 02:55 |  #7

110yd wrote in post #10136539 (external link)
I would have a few questions before I made a commitment. What motherboard is used?
The I7-920 uses 3 channels of DDR3. Something is going on that is not clear regarding the memory.

Regards,

110yd

Easy, if he primarily games, take out one stick and it's magically tri-channel. If he doesn't game, the difference between dual and tri isn't as big as between 6gb and 8gb, so keep the 8.

Unlike what people tell you, you can run i7 and xeon 5500 chips in dual channel mode. In fact, apple ONLY allows dual channel in their mac pros with a single processor (may have changed). Kind of like how you can run older boards in single channel mode when you have only one dimm


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May 11, 2010 10:52 |  #8
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Looks like it's a nice deal. I would keep the video card and not go for a cheaper. As far as monitor, dell sends out coupons very often - spams my emails :)
Check out deals2buy or just google for "dell coupons" and you might be able to squeeze in a 22".


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May 13, 2010 08:33 |  #9

I just priced the build out from microcenter and with everything pretty much the same, other than the 920 being replaced with a 930, the price is about 1400 minus 50 in Mail in Rebates, so that's a damn good deal on the computer you found.

Even moreso for me, since I work for Dell, I get a 17% discount on new systems :-)


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May 13, 2010 08:45 |  #10

Is the machine quoted from Dell new or a refurbished unit? just curious.


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May 13, 2010 09:47 |  #11

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May 14, 2010 19:34 |  #12

I just upgraded and done a lot of research, that is a really good price.


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