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Dell just took the wraps off their latest XPS desktop system for gamers and enthusiasts today and this time around the new systems are targeted at being more affordable.  The new XPS 630 we’ve evaluated here at HotHardware, is Dell's new customizable machine with support for NVIDIA dual-GPU SLI graphics, the latest dual and quad-core Intel processors, and a slick chassis design that will turn heads at your next LAN party.  Click the link below and check it out...

Dell XPS 630 Desktop Gaming PC Evaluation



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If I didn't know the 1st thing about how to build my own I'd probably get a Dell.

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methious replied on Wed, Feb 27 2008 11:14 PM

Bang for buck you can build 2 killer machines and still have change left over for a killer 22 or 24 inch LCD and take the better half out to lunch. 

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I think even kowing that, some people would just as soon buy a prebuilt rig... I'm not 1 of those people though.

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When I get a build order from someone. The first think I asked is will this person be served better by a oem like Dell. If I am confident the person will need exellent performance and is not going to be calling me everyday asking me how to get on the internet I will build for them. I know it seems mean, but I have learned the hard way.

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trueg50 replied on Thu, Feb 28 2008 8:47 AM

I wou never buy a pre-built for myself, but the moment some one asks what to buy I suggest Dell. Well built, great service, they treat people pretty well.

 It is hard to find a review of a pre-built, thanks for the update on Dell's product line.

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donpm replied on Thu, Feb 28 2008 9:17 AM

I went to Dells site, and you cannot order one yet.  I wounder what is going on.  Maybe they are haveing problems with the system, and do not want to release it yet 

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It let me configure one but I didnt purchase it.

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jtm55 replied on Sat, Mar 1 2008 12:07 PM

Hi All,

It is only us the Enthusiast/Hobbyist that build our own Computers. Most Folk buy their computers be it Dell, HP or the the boutique vendors like Falcon or Voodoo. 

 

 

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I think even kowing that, some people would just as soon buy a prebuilt rig... I'm not 1 of those people though.

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davbow replied on Wed, Jun 4 2008 2:30 PM

Be very carefull to do your research on this machine BEFORE you purchase.  There are some major flaws/issues with the machine that have not yet been addressed by Dell.  Details can be found on Dell's forums or at http://www.my630i.com

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 I just purchased a XPS 630i with duel quad, 4 gigs ram, and the optional xp pro os (I hate vista).

First, I did NOT buy this system ($1,850) as a game box, though I was amazed at how stunning and smooth the game graphics were when I ran Call of Duty 4...super!

I bought this box because I wanted something FAST and with solid performance in graphic design applications.  I live and breath photoshop and working with html functions.

After the box first arrived, I ended up on-line and on  the phone will dell tech support for 8 long hours because NONE of my adobe software would run ...photoshop, illustrator..pagemaker 7..none would do anything but spin, and dell tech finally said "sorry, because of the 64 bit system, none of your adobe software will run".  Needless to say I was upset at just investing $1,800 in a fancy looking boat anchor!

The GOOD NEWS...after chatting with a few other users on the dell forum...an answer was found.  it seems if you go (cntl-alt-delete) to your task manager and then into processes, if you turn off one of the video card processes (nTuneservice.exe)..all of a sudden the install boxes pop up and you can then do a seemless, quick and easy install of photoshop, pagemaker, illustrator, etc., and the graphics programs look great and run super fast!

Spend some time and check out the dell user forums.  There is some great stuff there, like how to change the color of those LED lights from white to red or purple or whatever you want!

All in all the XPS 630i is a remarkable system, and looks cool as heck.  But be warned before you buy it...as it is BIG!  check the dimensions to your work space area.  It is so much taller then my old sony vaio desktop,  that I had to buy a larger desk hutch to house this monster.  But it is worth it!

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 I seen the 630 at Best Buy the other day for the first time it looked fantastic!! All decked out in its RED and Chrome running a E8400! Dang good looking Rig!

 

 

 

 

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SqUiD267 replied on Sat, Sep 13 2008 7:09 AM

dam it looks good.

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kid007 replied on Sat, Sep 20 2008 6:34 PM

 I am actually deciding right now to buy one. with a Quadcore. Question is should i buy a watercooling system and cool the system even more? or should I just leave it like that.

 

voice your opinion...

 

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I heart my watercooling. It is a high cost of entry though.

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kid007 replied on Sat, Sep 20 2008 8:47 PM

 I just ordered, a nice XPS 630 Q6600, 4G 800 Mhz, Dual 3870 which is nice, according to the HH review.

and I'm already looking which watercooling system i should pick...

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Are you looking to build one yourself or buy a kit.

 

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kid007 replied on Sat, Sep 20 2008 9:01 PM

GIGABYTE GH-WIU02 3D Galaxy II Liquid Cooling, that is kit that i'm looking and is pretty good...

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As far as kits go that one is very nice. Very upgradable as well. Get some extra clamps though. I have heard reports of them leaking.

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kid007 replied on Sat, Sep 20 2008 9:25 PM

 the earlier one, had the problem i think is revision 1, this is totally updated revision and since is not new. i mean they had a lot of time perfecting it. and people trying it. now comes with a 120mm instead of 80mm which mean that i put it in the back and puff... extra cooling for my quadcore...

 

http://flickr.com/photos/animefan/2820969471/ <- check out that link this dude has dell xps 630 with a watercooling system...

 

confirmation...

 

223-5578

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XPS 630, Intel Core2 processorQ6600 (2.40Ghz,1066FSB) w/Quad Core Technology and 8MB cache

 

313-6079

1

Red Bezel Chassis

 

311-8296

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4GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz

 

330-0341

1

Dell USB Keyboard

 

320-6315

1

No Monitor

 

320-6533

1

Dual 512MB Radeon ATI HD 3870

 

341-6286

1

500GB NCQ SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache

 

330-0283

1

Dell Resource DVD with Application Backup

 

420-5769

1

Internet Search and Portal

 

420-6436

1

Vista, PC-Restore, Dim/Insp

 

420-7622

1

DELL SUPPORT CENTER 2.0

 

420-8522

1

Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 Home Premium Edition, English

 

420-8873

1

Dell Dock Consumer

 

420-8874

1

Dell Video Chat

 

310-9573

1

Dell 2-Button Optical Mouse

 

410-1867

1

ADOBE READER 9.0 MULTI- LANGUAGE

 

313-6080

1

16X DVD+R/RW

 

420-8152

1

Roxio Creator 10 Dell Edition

 

313-6085

1

X-Fi PCI Sound Card

 

313-6138

1

No Speaker Requested

 

410-1184

1

McAfee SecurityCenter 15-month

 

412-0148

1

No Internet Service Provider Requested

 

412-1397

1

No Productivity Software requested

 

412-0360

1

Soft Contracts - Banctec

 

902-0931

1

Warranty Support,1 Year Extended

 

950-3338

1

2 Year Limited Warranty

 

960-8700

1

Warranty Support,Initial Year

 

989-2478

1

Dell Hardware Warranty PlusOnsite Service, Extended Year(s)

 

980-7181

1

Type 3 - Third Party At Home Service, 24x7 Technical Support, 1 Year Extended

 

989-2477

1

Dell Hardware Warranty PlusOnsite Service, Initial Year

 

985-7920

1

Type 3 - Third Party At Home Service, 24x7 Technical Support, Initial Year

 

988-0099

1

To activate your online backupaccount, go to Start, Programs, DataSafe Online

 

988-7707

1

2GB DATASAFE ONLINE 1.1 FOR SDO/DIM/INS/XPS

 

420-9518

1

DATASAFE ONLINE 1.1 2GB FOR DIM/INS/XPS

 

330-0172

1

S and P Drop-in-Box Marcom forDHS Desktops

 

310-8626

1

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Looks like a very nice rig. Good to here that is the revised version. I just read a review and it seems to get good temps. If your getting the red case I use this coolent in my waterloop. It has a very nice red to it and didn't change my temps at all from plain distilled water. Cheap a dirt too.

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kid007 replied on Sun, Sep 21 2008 7:21 AM

 

thkx for d advice!

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kid007 replied on Tue, Sep 23 2008 7:59 PM

 Dell has just shipped my XPS 630 so gentlemans i'm so happy!!!!!

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kid007:

 Dell has just shipped my XPS 630 so gentlemans i'm so happy!!!!!

Very exciting! Let us know when you get it, and what you think.

 

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kid007 replied on Tue, Sep 23 2008 9:26 PM

 no doubt about it. i'm actually will do a review that would be a sticky for other dell xps users. and o'c and how to watercooled w/out avoiding the warranty....

plus benchmarks stocks and after i reinstall windows w/out the bloatware....

 

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kid007:

 

plus benchmarks stocks and after i reinstall windows w/out the bloatware....

 

I'd really like to see that.

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 Yeah I seen one at Bestbuy in Greenville SC and it was Red and Chrome It was a great looking Rig! I would  like to have a case like that to build on!!

 

 

 

 

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kid007 replied on Fri, Sep 26 2008 7:15 AM

Devil ha! is arriving today so that means a whole weekend of testing Devil

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kid007:

Devil ha! is arriving today so that means a whole weekend of testing Devil

Mine is ariving today as well! Looks like we are going to be busy.

 

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