Pros Fast, great for gamers on a budget.
Very quiet machine.
Cons None so far.
Summary I bought a Dell XPS 7100 from dell.com about a month ago, and so far it has totally lived up to my expectations. I don't really understand the other reviews on here with people complaining and stuff. This PC is a great for everyday stuff, and for someone that wants to play high-end games without spending $2000+ on a computer... look no further. I can play Crysis, Napoleon Total War, Supreme Commander, Fallout 3, Starcraft II, as well as many other games all on high settings with great FPS.
The configuration I chose was:
AMD Phenom X6 1055T
8 GB of RAM
Radeon HD 5870 graphics card
1 TB HDD
Windows 7 Home Premium
So far I have no complaints with this PC, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a new desktop.
"Buy "used""on by Darthmullet
Pros nice graphics card, decent ram, nice hdd
Cons wish it had a core i7 quad core instead of the AMD 6 core
Summary Buy from the dell outlet store - not brand new. You can save between $200 and $400 on a pc - just because it left the factory and got returned. I bought mine that way for $755 - 400 less - and it works great.
Pros This desktop replaces the one I built in 2004 with high end AMD/ASUS components when Intel was trying to catch AMD. I was immediatly struck by the value since I had been planning a new build with components of my choice.
Cons I am not a gamer! Can't see the drawbacks of other reviewers. My uses are home office and multimedia. There is ample room on the Terebyte drive for my libraries of JPEG, MP3 and video content.
Summary My consideration in computer builds leans toward value and performance. There were some components in the DELL XPS Studio 7100 better than my plan. Nothing has changed this being a great but, been using the computer for 4 months. This unit has no ambient noise, and would be great as a HTPC. Since my home is wired, the Blu-ray in the home theater picks up all the content on this unit via DLNA.
Pros This desktop is a great deal for the sale price I paid. It runs video games quite smoothly (Battlefield: Bad Company 2 looks beautiful). The tower fans stay very quiet unless you are straining it. Aesthetically, the case is pretty stylish.
Cons Like most other desktops, it comes with unnecessary preloaded software: Dell Support Center, DataSafe Backup, etc - I removed all of these. Also, my desktop arrived with the DVD-ROM drive disconnected - I easily fixed this by reconnecting it.
Summary My Configuration: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1035T Processor, 4 GB RAM, 1 GB ATI Radeon 5670, 1 TB HDD.
Pros Great multitasking machine, I regularly have 12-15 windows open (7-9 programs running--not including all of the background stuff (e.g., backup, sync, etc.)) and don't experience any lags. I don't play games so, I wouldn't know if it's good for that.
Cons Haven't encountered any cons, per se. If anything, I would have liked for my configuration to have included a blu-ray player, but it was my choice to not have it in order to bring down the price.
Summary I previously owned an XPS 400 than worked well for over 4 years of heavy use (the mobo finally gave out) and decided to purchase an AMD-based XPS system to replace it. I've had this computer for almost 2 months now and am very, very happy. I don't play PC-based games so, I don't really have any comments on the machines gaming abilities, but I do watch a lot of TV and Movies on it and have not had any problems. I use the computer every day for approximaltey10-12 hours (combination of work and play). For the most part I use the usual suspects: Outlook, Word, Excel, Firefox, and iTunes. All in all I think it's a great machine for the price and hopefully longevity.