Advise Between 2 PC's: Dell XPS 8300 X8300-4906 vs Systemax SYS SG-103

yechi7

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Trying to decide between these 2 PC's:

$900
Dell XPS 8300 X8300-4906NBK Desktop PC - Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz, 8GB DDR3, 2TB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 6770, Blu-ray ROM/DVDRW
, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=416900&Sku=D211-13002



$950
SYX SG-103 Gaming PC - Intel Core i7 2600 3.4 GHz, 1GB Nvidia GTX 550 Ti, 8GB DDR3, 1TB 7200rpm HDD, USB 3.0
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=254044&Sku=SYX-1088

I'm leaning towards the Dell. 2TB HDD vs 1 TB HDD; Blu-ray vs DVD. I think the video cards are a toss-up. Systemax has USB 3 ports.

What say you?
 

dextergene

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What are you going to be using it for? Building your own PC will always be cheaper than buying a complete one pre-built. Often, depending on what your doing, 2TB can be too much, and a 1TB storage will do just fine. I'd also recommend trying to find one a computer with two drives, with a one drive having a single platter for the OS - as it has a lower seek time.
I'm not entirely sure, but i think the 560ti has better performance than the 6770.
 

COLGeek

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You can never have too much storage (2TB vs 1TB). Also, the one vs. two drives advice is debatable at best, as is the dicsussion regarding single platter drives.

Regarding the video prowess of the 2 offereings, the 560ti is definitely the stronger of the 2. However, Systemax still builds junk.

Building (I agree) is the better option here.
 

yechi7

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1) The Systemax video card is a 550ti, not a 560ti.

2) I really don't need the Blu-ray, since I have free-standing Blu-ray in the same room hooked up to my monitor. But if it's already included, I'll take it.

3) Not really playing any games. I just want smooth streaming video from Netflix, youtube, NFL Replay, NHL CenterIce, etc. Plus muti-tasking & fast web surfing. My internet connection is superfast but my old PC is the bottleneck.