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Dell XPS 8940 Desktop: i5-10400, 8GB DDR4, RX 5300, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD EXPIRED

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Dell Home and Office has Dell XPS 8940 Desktop on sale for $599.99 when you apply coupon code DBBFDTAFF2 in cart. Shipping is free.

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Specs:
  • Intel Core i5-10400 2.9GHz 6-Core Processor
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive + 1TB 7200 rpm 3.5" SATA Hard Drive
  • AMD Radeon RX 5300 3GB GDDR6 Graphics
  • 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1
  • Dell Multimedia Keyboard + Dell Wired Mouse
  • 360W Night Sky Bezel Chassis
  • Front Ports:
    • 3x USB 3.1
    • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C
    • 1x Audio Combo Jack
  • Rear Ports:
    • 4x USB 3.1
    • 2x USB 2.0
  • Graphics Card Ports:
    • 2x DisplayPort 1.4
    • 1x HDMI 2.0b

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Link is being crazy for me with Chrome.

That said, given the current GPU craziness this is a reasonable prebuilt. Maybe you can do better, but you could certainly do worse. Add an additional stick of memory for $~30 and it's fairly balanced rig.

For 1080p medium/high gaming and general productivity this appears to be a good deal.

It's an OEM GPU that is likely equivalent to a ~$100 second hand used card. Because there are no viable ~$100 new GPUs available. You'd be in for ~$180 for a new card that is in the same class. Factoring a $180 for the CPU and ~$100 for a decent motherboard that's about $460 worth of parts, leaving $140 for case, PSU, hard drive(s), wifi, and other stuff which is pretty tight for any quality.

More about the GPU - it's a lower clocked 5500XT 4GB with a reduced width memory bus but apparently still GDDR6. Probably ~70-80% of the performance or quite similar to a 1060 3GB card, which you are lucky to get get for $80 to $100 used.

There is a 5300 XT available through some OEMs (hp?) that is a 5500XT core paired with cheaper/slower 4GB of GDDR5.
That single review is from someone who doesn't know what he's talking about. His main complaint seems to be that the power supply must be bad because it's small. It's small because it's 1) platinum rated, so more energy goes into your components rather than being wasted as heat, and 2) it's 12v only. Most power supplies provide a wide range of different voltages, which means they have to be larger and less efficient. This one only puts out 12v, and the motherboard steps down as needed.

The fact that it's a proprietary size could theoretically be an actual problem in terms of replacement 10 years from now, but in a budget computer it's hardly worth worrying about.

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nice! do you know what the coupon works with? looking for a I7 with 16 gb ram
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Seems like a good deal, am I wrong?
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Link is being crazy for me with Chrome.

That said, given the current GPU craziness this is a reasonable prebuilt. Maybe you can do better, but you could certainly do worse. Add an additional stick of memory for $~30 and it's fairly balanced rig.

For 1080p medium/high gaming and general productivity this appears to be a good deal.

It's an OEM GPU that is likely equivalent to a ~$100 second hand used card. Because there are no viable ~$100 new GPUs available. You'd be in for ~$180 for a new card that is in the same class. Factoring a $180 for the CPU and ~$100 for a decent motherboard that's about $460 worth of parts, leaving $140 for case, PSU, hard drive(s), wifi, and other stuff which is pretty tight for any quality.

More about the GPU - it's a lower clocked 5500XT 4GB with a reduced width memory bus but apparently still GDDR6. Probably ~70-80% of the performance or quite similar to a 1060 3GB card, which you are lucky to get get for $80 to $100 used.

There is a 5300 XT available through some OEMs (hp?) that is a 5500XT core paired with cheaper/slower 4GB of GDDR5.
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Link is being crazy for me with Chrome.

That said, given the current GPU craziness this is a reasonable prebuilt. Maybe you can do better, but you could certainly do worse. Add an additional stick of memory for $~30 and it's fairly balanced rig.

For 1080p medium/high gaming and general productivity this appears to be a good deal.

It's an OEM GPU that is likely equivalent to a ~$100 second hand used card. Because there are no viable ~$100 new GPUs available. You'd be in for ~$180 for a new card that is in the same class. Factoring a $180 for the CPU and ~$100 for a decent motherboard that's about $460 worth of parts, leaving $140 for case, PSU, hard drive(s), wifi, and other stuff which is pretty tight for any quality.

More about the GPU - it's a lower clocked 5500XT 4GB with a reduced width memory bus but apparently still GDDR6. Probably ~70-80% of the performance or quite similar to a 1060 3GB card, which you are lucky to get get for $80 to $100 used.

There is a 5300 XT available through some OEMs (hp?) that is a 5500XT core paired with cheaper/slower 4GB of GDDR5.
No way to add memory that I can find. I wanted to do the same.
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No way to add memory that I can find. I wanted to do the same.
https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-8gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820232419?Item=N82E16820232419&quickli... [newegg.com]

Or similar from a vendor of your choosing Smilie Memory rated at higher than 2666 should have no issues running at that speed - which is the theoretical maximum that i5 would be running in the XPS.

Or even better - just normal ram for cheaper from Crucial, no stickers and no nonsense ($23 shipped):

https://www.newegg.com/crucial-8g...6820156256
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beware the PSU in these if wanting to upgrade down the road....
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I really wish they actually offered a half black half white case like this
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So base on this single review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx_o6uYUb2U, these computers are limited with a very weak power supply that cannot be upgraded. This could cause crashes when pushed to it's limits. You would have problems with performance demanding applications like gaming and advance video/photo editing. Dell attempted to put this on sale for $650 3 weeks ago and it seems no one took the bite. They lowered the price point to $600 now..
That single review is from someone who doesn't know what he's talking about. His main complaint seems to be that the power supply must be bad because it's small. It's small because it's 1) platinum rated, so more energy goes into your components rather than being wasted as heat, and 2) it's 12v only. Most power supplies provide a wide range of different voltages, which means they have to be larger and less efficient. This one only puts out 12v, and the motherboard steps down as needed.

The fact that it's a proprietary size could theoretically be an actual problem in terms of replacement 10 years from now, but in a budget computer it's hardly worth worrying about.
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Any way to add an optical drive and/or upgrade to an i7?

Case is different if you order the optical drive.
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How powerful is the power supply? Will it be an issue if one upgrades the video card to a new mid range one in a year?
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No way to add memory that I can find. I wanted to do the same.
I'm selling 16gb of DDR4 Ram for 25$ let me know if anyone's interested its never been used
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Looking for a new desktop for usual web surfing, office use, and some photo editing. Would like to drive two monitors (currently have VGA and DVI-D cabled monitors). Would this be a good option and what would it take to drive these monitors?.....thanks
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