Dell 6-Core Studio XPS 7100 Review

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How big or small your bundle is going to be depends in part on how you configure your system. Need speakers? Dell offers six different sets to choose from with the XPS 7100. You can also select from four different monitors up to 24 inches in size, as well as change up the keyboard and mouse combo.



We don't ever like to admit that a picture doesn't do a product justice, because what that really means is that we took a lousy picture. So rather than say that, we'll just tell you that the keyboard and mouse look better in person than they do here. We're not in love with the form and function of either one -- the keyboard lies too flat and doesn't feel like it would survive an angry gaming system in which you smash the plank onto your desktop in frustration, and the mouse doesn't come with any side buttons or other accoutrement found on dedicated gaming rodents -- but both are stylish with a sexy two-tone motif.

Also included are various manuals and start-up guides, driver and utility discs, a VGA-to-DVI adapter, power cord, and dual-antennas for the PCI-E Wi-Fi card that comes standard.



Big name OEMs are notorious for shoveling all kinds of crapware onto their builds, and in exchange, software vendors fork over big bucks for the right to peddle their wares on your desktop. So imagine our surprise when we first fired up our test system and found...virtually nothing? Believe it or not, Dell didn't decimate our desktop with oodles of trial software, useless links, and other junk. The XPS 7100 does ship with AV software -- McAfee SecurityCenter -- but it's a 15-month subscription, not a 30-day trial.

On the top of the screen sits Dell's custom dock, which gives quick access to a variety of tasks, like firing up Internet Explorer, adjusting the sound properties, configuring Parental Controls, and an assortment of other functions.



Not completely without annoyances, we had barely begun to sing Dell's praise for a clean desktop when a popup touting an AV renewal offer crashed the party. Do'h!



We don't put a ton of stock into Microsoft's Windows Experience Index, but for those of you who do, the XPS 7100 scored a respectable 6.0 out of 7.9, and would have scored a point or so higher had we been able to configure our system with an SSD. Other than the "Disk data transfer rate" benchmark, every other subset scored a 7.4 or higher.

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It's respectable, but not custom.

With the RAM maxed out and a dual GPU card in it, one would see far better benchmark scores from it as well.

Building your own is still the best way to go if you know how to do it.

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@ Neil

I only do Custom. You get exactly what you want, and if you planned accordingly you will also have the ability to upgrade the system with the market.

Building a system is so easy too. Even if you're new to it, just do some research and dive in! If you get stuck, ask for some help. There are tons of people on the internet willing to help!

We didn't all always know how to build a system with our eyes closed lol We all had a first!

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I would like to see Dell use name brand components and proper power supplies. I haven't owned a Dell in years, do they still use proprietary power supplies like they used to?

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slugbug:
I would like to see Dell use name brand components and proper power supplies. I haven't owned a Dell in years, do they still use proprietary power supplies like they used to?

I had a customer give me her pretty, but malfunctioning almost new, white and silver Dell desktop PC with an Intel dual core CPU in it.
I had built a gaming platform for her kid a few months before and she realized that his computer never gave him any trouble, but her Dell broke down (blue screened) all of the time.
She brought it to me and had me build one EXACTLY like her son's computer and recover her data from the dell. When she left, she didn't want the Dell and gave it to me.

Afterwords, I diagnosed it and found that the 2-1GB sticks of memory were bad. I put in four 2GB DDR-II 800 sticks from my parts shelf, and a PCI-E GT-240 1GB video card that I had. Then I loaded 64 bit Win-7 onto it and gave it to my wife to use. The power supply is of Dell's own design, (proprietary indeed) but has been without problems for all this time. The GT-240 doesn't have any additional power connections on it.

I recently offered to build a bigger, better, faster computer for the wife and
she threatened me if "I touched" her Dell. Angry

 

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lol...  You should secretly upgrade it without her knowing and see if she notices a difference lol

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No way, no how. Zip it!

If she's happy than I am too.

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lol... that's probably the wiser move.... but it's so much less fun lol

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She has a sweet nature and is a wonderful country girl (very easy to get along with) but when she's upset, it's no small matter,............

What's that old country saying?

"I'd Rather Sandpaper A Bobcat's Butthole In A Phone Booth Than Piss Her Off!"

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wtf who says that lol 

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fat78:
wtf who says that lol

Me, for one.

I never heard it said until I got to Virginia, and I've hear it said several times since I've been here. (the first time someone said it around me, I almost fell out of my wheelchair)

 

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