Summary: Dell configured the all-AMD Studio XPS 7100 squarely at gamers, throwing in a powerful 3D card to offset the slow six-core AMD CPU. The result is a fast gaming PC with well-rounded features for an affordable price thanks to a two-month-long special offer. Get it while you can and enjoy fast PC gaming at a great price.
Pros: Best value among midrange PCs for its features and gaming performance; Blu-ray drive; wireless networking card.
Conclusion: Dell's Studio XPS 7100 line is intended to appeal to a wide audience, and the top-end configuration takes particular aim at gamers. That doesn't mean the system we reviewed today is an all-out hardcore gaming machine -- nor is it intended to be -- but the addition of ATI's Radeon HD 5870 gives it a performance punch not found on any of the three other baseline configs.
Pros: Powerful graphics card, Classy styling, Spacious hard drive, Includes a Blu-ray drive, Relatively affordable, Runs quiet
Cons: Limited upgrade path, No USB 3.0 support, Not a lot of configuration options, Begs for an SSD
Summary: With prices starting from £809 inc VAT, the Dell Studio XPS 7100 is a mainstream desktop PC targeted at shoppers who want a PC that has enough muscle to tackle modern games and CPU-intensive tasks such as photo editing or light video editing, but that doesn't scare off houseguests.