"DEll overpriced?!"on by ronycyks
Pros Good system
Cons Method used by Cnet reviewers for different pricing structures among various companies!
Summary I don't get this at all! I understand that a reviewer cannot look at future pricing points for a product at the time of review, but Dell ALWAYS gives rebates on all its products after a month or so of launch. I cant imagine someone just buying a Dell product at the initially stated rate. This puts it at a disadvantage in a price comparison with other systems that have different pricing models. For example, the other extreme of pricing is Apple or Sony products that do not change at all throughout their life. So, how do you give points depending on this inequity? I have both apple products and Dell's and they are both great. At launch Apple has a good price point that diminishes rapidly with time, and Dell is a little pricier at launch but rapidly becomes cheaper with time! So, I think that it is unfair to give bad review based on pricing point at launch alone
Pros High-end gaming PC
Cons Very Expensive
Summary For over $6000, I can build a server-class machine with workstation-class graphics capability which far exceeds the capabilities of this box. At least a hardware-RAID 1 dual 1TB SATA 3 hard drive and Blue-Ray optical drive should be provided at this price.
Pros It is a very nicely built paper weight. Solid contruction, quiet (one of my presonal requirements), start up is smooth and quick. I got mine with the 24inch ultrasharp and a very nice monitor it is. Overall, very impressive computer.
Cons I bought this thing to play games (and do some work on the side) but mainly to play games. When I play my favorite, WoW, the system crashes and crashes hard - blue screen and everything. Not enough space here to review the headache with Dell support.
Summary The price has come down on these so I decided to buy one. I have had good luck with Dell in the past (I'm typing this on a Dell XPS 1710 laptop) so I took the plunge. Impressive machine until I started doing the one thing it is designed to do. Yes, I could have spent a couple of more weeks trouble shooting the problem but the reason I went with Dell is so I could get a solid system from the get-go. If I wanted to go through the headache of trouble shooting a system I would have built my own for less money. When sitting idle, doing e-mail, surfing the net, or working on a Word document the system rocks! But, put in a memory intensive game and it crashes. I could have spent 25% of what I paid for this thing to browse the internet, do e-mail, and create documents. The point is I want to play the new games at max settings. You would think this thing could do it. I imagine mine is just a fluke, maybe a minor problem in the hardware somewhere. I'm sure others have had better luck. 2 weeks on the phone with tech support (in the Philippines) got me nowhere - just reloading drivers and answers of not knowing what could be causing the problem. Tech support reccomended I just return the system - no kidding. I had two choices - return within 3 weeks for a full refund or continue to troubleshoot for an unknown amount of time with a loss of the guarantee for a return. Dell offered a completely new system but would not give me an additional 3 weeks to test the system for stability. It is now boxed up and on its way back to Dell. Sales would not give me the same system for the same price (so I could re-buy the same system and "re-set" the 3 week return period). The price went up about $1000 for an equivalent system (I bought mine in late Feb)
Also the phone-in support was horrible; continually re-connected to new customer service agents or calls dropped totally only to get back into the que from the beginning. However, if you are BUYING a system - you go straight to the front of the line, of course ;)
Time to give another computer company a try. Any suggestions?
Details: Intel Core XE i7-965
nVidia GeForce GTX280 (1024MB)
1 TB HD
Pros THE PRDUCT IS PURE JUNK
Cons I have owned this unit for 4 months, It has crashed 3 times and needed a tech to repair. It is currently not working again, Dell will not send a tech because I refuse to open it up and break it down will working with phone service department.
Summary CHECK OUT THE COMPLAINTS AGAINTS DELL ONLINE. THE STATE OF NY IS SUING THEM, THE PRODUCTS FAILURE RATE IS HUGE, THEY DO NOT HONOR WARRENTIES AND CUSTOMER SERVICE IS A NIGHTMARE. DO NOT BUY A DELL.
Pros H2C - Its better than Aftermarket liquid cooling as it uses patented Gel like substance to cool the CPU using TEC principles
Cons Little expensive, Heavy boxed 85lbs
Summary Almost all the games that I currently have from Crysis to Sims all ran fast using a 24inch 1900 x 1200 res. ATX is future proof as you can always swap MOBO in the near future and keep the H2C, Led Lights controlled by the ESA MIO. So far my rig runs cool 40-50c max of 59c on max load. Rig QX9650 factory OCed to 3.67ghz GTX280 2gb Ram 1033 H2C