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Dell XPS 8910 or Alienware Aurora for holiday season purchase?

SaraAB87 456 204 October 20, 2016 at 01:50 PM
Looking to purchase a PC during the holiday season (whenever prices are the best) for gaming (steam games), video editing and photo editing, and opening many browser tabs at once (like 40-70 at a time... multiple times a day).

Should I get Dell Alienware or the new Dell XPS 8910? There is also the 8910 SE which is silver but appears to have the same configurations and specs as the black 8910.I know both computers have unfavorable reviews and I have heard all I care to hear about Alienware so I know exactly what it is and that it is normally considered overpriced and not that good however I am not able to build my own and there are worse options out there.

My budget is between $1500-1700 or less (budget is also give or take). If I am going to spend that much on a PC I need to make sure it will last 6-8 years minimum without problems, as I cannot afford to have a disaster here and I can't afford to spend that much money and end up with a paperweight. I run my PC 10-12 hours a day, every day. I am not interested in changing my hardware down the line except for maybe ram upgrades, I think I can manage that. I have Dell XPS 8100 from 2010 which is 6.5 years old and it still works (first PC I have gotten to last more than 5 years without dying) but is starting to have some problems so its time to purchase a new PC and this one is woefully outdated for everything I want to do.

I really love my XPS and I dearly want another XPS but I can also get the Alienware because its nearly the same thing, but I did notice the Alienware comes with a GTX 1080 founders edition as the base, on the aurora's highest configuration.

I am not interested in a PC with liquid cooling, since apparently those liquid coolers only last 2 years (please keep in mind 10-12 hours a day) and will have to be changed every 2 years, I won't be able to change the cooler myself, that is very complicated. There was an option for air cooling on the one I looked at so that will not be a problem.

I am not too worried about having a silent PC, and I can make the one I have now sound like a jet turbine engine by just opening a few tabs in chrome! Its noisy anyways while just idling but not so noisy that it is distracting from other things I am doing, I am sure its much more noisy than modern PC's.

Please don't tell me to build my own PC, I don't want to deal with putting it all together and drivers and that kind of stuff ( I have looked into this option too), I have priced the 2 options above at their highest configurations and its not much more to buy from Dell... not to mention hassle and diagnostics if anything goes wrong. Big problem, my room is FULL of static especially in the winter and I have no work area, but I could drag my PC into a room without carpet for a quick ram swap, but at this point I would be sitting on the floor with it in the bathroom since I don't have a work area and the entire house is carpet.

Must haves

Desktop
Win 10 Pro
SSD as boot drive with windows on it + 2TB
16GB Ram with possible upgrade to 32GB
Intel i7-6700 (K processor not needed, I don't plan to overclock)
GTX 970 or higher

Is it better to call with dell or to order online, traditionally I have always placed my orders online, I have owned 2 Dell computers and this will be my 3rd. I can also get cashback from urlhasbeenblocked or another site if I purchase online, so I am not sure if I could save more by talking to a rep (hopefully I can get a US based rep on the phone) or by going the online route with coupon codes, promos and cash back. I expect I can get a very good configuration for my budget with holiday prices/black friday in effect.

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I'm no expert and would let someone else advise between the systems. I think either would last your 6 years. I have some advise about dell. sign up for Dell preferred account (It's free) so you get extra coupon discounts if you buy from the main online store. Secondly, be sure to use the online chat feature and during the chat, mention you need to find a better deal. They are often authorized to offer you additional discount. 10% can be a good amount on a $1,500 system. Finally, if you shop for a while, yo might just find a deal in the "Dell outlet" here is an example:
XPS 8900 XPS 8900
Processor: Intel Core 6th Generation i7-6700 Processor (Quad Core, up to 4.0 GHz, 8M Cache, 65W)
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
1 TB 3.5 Inch SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
32GB Quad Channel DDR4 at 2133MHz
16X DVD + RW Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 4GB GDDR3
Black
Dell Outlet XPS 8900
Click here for available options and upgrades
The deal above is about $900 and the chat person will likely give you another 5% off. Good luck and let us know what you find.
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Either system will be fine for me, sorry for late reply, but the configurations I am looking at are $1900-2000 and I need to get these prices down to $1500-1700 somehow.

I don't think I am going to do the outlet method

There is a certain cashback site that can be up to 13% cash back... this is huge on a large purchase like this

If I call in I probably will lose the cash back, unless they let you finish the order online, where I assume I will be able to start applying coupon codes, rebate codes.. etc cash back

My plan is to have my system configuration in my cart and then call in if I am able to
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