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COMPUTER SYSTEMS

How to Max Out a Dell XPS 600 and Your Credit Card
By: Rich Smith
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    2006-05-22

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  • How to Max Out a Dell XPS 600 and Your Credit Card
  • What`s inside the boxes?
  • Open me first
  • One monitor or two?
  • And finally the audio
  • Hooking it all up
  • Turning it on
  • Final Thoughts

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    So what does it take to put together a screaming system that'll be the envy of all your gaming friends? A good bit of money; patience and technical know-how helps too. Keep reading to see us put together a true dream machine.

    Ever wish you could just go to the store and buy the best of everything? This week, we did just that. We went shopping on Dell's website and bought the best system we could build, a top of the line XPS 600. Why did we do such a thing? Well, we've seen tons of articles and write-ups that cater towards the lower to mid-ranged consumers, but not any catering to the high end. In this article, we will take a close look at the system we purchased, along with how it is packaged and how easy it is to set up and configure.

    For starters, we went to Dell's website and clicked on their gaming systems, and followed the link there for the XPS gaming systems. We clicked on the biggest and baddest one we saw, the XPS 600 Extreme Gaming system. With a little work in the customizer, we came up with one bad to the bone machine. Let's take a look at our specs, shall we?

    CPU

    Intel Pentium 955 Extreme Edition Dual Core w/HT Technology (3.46 GHz, 4MB Cache)

    Memory

    2GB DDR2 SDRAM @ 667 mhz

    Monitor

    24 inch Ultrasharp Wide Aspect Digital Flat Panel Display

    Video

    512mb Nvidia Geforce 7900 GTX Dual

    Printer

    Dell 964 Photo Printer

    Disk

    500GB Data Security Raid (2 x 500GB SATA 2 Drives in a Raid 1 configuration)

    Media reader

    13 in 1 Media reader

    OS

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional

    Optical Drives

    16x DVDROM and 16X DVD+/-RW

    Audio

    Sounds Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic w/Dolby Digital 5.1

    Office Software

    Microsoft Office 2003 Basic Edition

    Warranty

    On site 3 year extended warranty

    External Memory

    512mb USB Memory Key

    Mouse

    Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse

    Speakers

    Logitech Z-5500 500 Watt 5.1 Digital Surround Sound with control pod

    UPS

    Back-UPS Es 725

    Headphones

    Creative Labs CB2530 Digital Wireless headphones, with Bluetooth

    Second Display

    24 Inch Ultrasharp Wide Aspect Digital Flat Panel Display (same as above)

    Keyboard

    Saitek 104-Key Eclipse Backlit Gaming Keyboard

    I didn't even go into detail on all of the extra software and stuff that Dell just threw into the mix. In all, this is one very nice gaming system.

    Above is a picture of the actual PILE of boxes that we received piece by piece from Dell. I know you can't tell from the picture, but this pile of boxes is over 4 feet high and 6 feet wide.

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