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Summary:A full-size desktop computer tested with Windows 8, an Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz processor, 24GB of memory, a 2TB hybrid drive, 1024MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics, a Blu-ray reader, and no speakers.
The Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition is a full-size desktop computer. It has 24GB of memory and a 2TB hard drive. It has an Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz processor and 1024MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti video adapter with 1024MB video memory. It is suitable for high-performance gaming. It comes with Windows 8 pre-installed.
The XPS 8700 Special Edition has a built-in memory-card reader for digital photography, and 8 free USB ports. It has a Blu-ray player and HDMI out for connecting to an HDTV.
The XPS 8700 Special Edition measures 7.3 inches wide by 16 inches high by 17.75 inches deep. It's backed by a 12-month warranty, with 12 months of tech support.
About This Brand
Inspiron is Dell's mass-market line of laptops and desktops. For higher performance and gaming systems, Dell offers the XPS line. For hard-core gamers, Dell offers Alienware systems. Inspiron One and XPS One are its all-in-one brand with optional touch screen.
Display size (in.) The diagonal measure of the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen.
Display size (in.)
Processor Also known as the CPU (Central Processing Unit), the processor is responsible for running commands and handling data. Processors come in different speeds and may have two or more cores (ex. dual-core), which let you more quickly process multiple complex tasks.
Memory (GB) Also known as RAM, memory is a temporary storage area for data. Its size is an important factor for performance. We recommend at least 4GB of memory, or 8GB if you plan to run several large applications at the same time.
Storage (GB) The amount of storage, a permanent area for the operating system, programs and data such as documents, music, and media files. Storage can be a hard drive, an SSD (solid state drive), or hybrid drive.
Video memory (MB) The amount of dedicated memory built into a graphics adapter. Most models have integrated graphics, which have no dedicated memory but are still suitable for most applications, including photo editing and watching movies. Others have discrete graphics adapters, which typically have 256 MB or more video memory, to deliver smoother and more realistic graphics for 3D games.
Video memory (MB)
Optical drive The optical drive reads and/or writes to CDs and DVDs. Most PCs come equipped with a DVD-RW, also known as a DVD burner, which lets you read and write to DVDs.Some models come with Blu-Ray drives, which let you play high-definition movies.
Suitable for gaming All systems can play casual games such as solitaire and Angry Birds. Systems designated as suitable for gaming are more powerful and can play modern mainstream and intensive 3D video games with a frame rate that does not make the game stop or stutter.
Suitable for gaming
Wireless mouse Comes with a mouse that is wireless.
Wireless keyboard Comes with a keyboard that is wireless.
Memory-card reader At least one flash memory-card slot (CF, SD, XD, MS, etc.).
TV tuner TV tuner for watching and recording TV shows.
Wi-Fi The type of built-in 802.11 wireless networking supported. Computers with 802.11n also support 802.11g routers. Some models with 802.11n also support the 5GHz "high band," a standard suitable for apartments and other crowded areas. 802.11ac is the newest, fastest type.
If Haswell is your buying goal, this nifty little Dell machine should be on your list. Stuffed with name brands (Intel, EVGA, Samsung) and sporting great specifications, the performance you want is right here. The 256GB SSD is an mSATA device made by Samsung and mounted to the motherboard. The 2TB HDD is a SATA 3.0 spinner and the video card is an EVGA 650 Ti (more on that later). The Intel i7-4770 runs the stock fan but runs fine at stock clocks. There are three disk expansion slots and power plugs and SATA 3.0 ports in which to plug them. Windows 8 boots up in just a few seconds and there is no bloatware (way to go, Dell!), but no trial anti-virus is included either (Windows Defender is on).<br />A quick look inside reveals good quality pieces and parts. Everything is tied down and neatly bundled. The system is quiet and difficult to rattle. Even running benchmarks produces only moderate (to my ears, YMMV) sound. All in all, the only criticism I have is the same for all prepackaged PCs: the power supply is adequate for the configuration (including the additional HDDs in the expansions) but no additions or more power-hungry cards can be accommodated.<br />The PC as shipped contains a 1 GB card. If your use requires larger video memory, this is not the PC for you. <br />In summary, a fine piece of work, well stuffed and nicely assembled. At this price, this is a bargain.