Bought this computer for my mother but the AMD video card has to go
14 March 2014
Summary: Back in 2011 I was able to get this computer with my tax returns for my mother and by 2013 the computer kept lagging since the AMD 6670 was collecting to much dust after a year. Dust is very easily to pick up inside when I open it up. This year I put a PNY GTX 750 ti graphics card that came out not to long ago.
Summary: Dell BIOS just robs this computer of anything that could make it good. That said, for the price it isn't too big of a loss to buy a non-dell mobo to pop in it. Which is what I am doing. The system underclock's and limits the video card that comes with it. And crashed constantly when installing ATI's Software. Likewise Hyper-v fails to start for no reason (guessing also BIOS related) Also freezes when trying to run tools like PCWizard.
Summary: We've had one of these units for about a year. The integrated broadcom Ethernet gets lost frequently. One can then re-load the Ethernet driver and it will work for awhile, then die again. It disappears from the device manager. In addition, flaky behavior, sometimes no video. Move the PC, take it apart, reconnect all, video comes back. We've tried swapping components but the unit is still problematic. Perhaps we just got a lemon, but dunno.
Summary: The machine I bought was used but upgraded with two SATA solid state drives (256 GB and 128 GB) and an added PCI card with two USB3.0 ports. The 1 TB 7200 rpm hard drive was relocated to an external drive enclosure that uses USB3.0 capability and provides really fast communication. This system flies!!! Boots to Windows in less than 15 seconds. All I need now is to add a blu-ray second optical drive. Love this machine!
This is a very fast machine with lots of storage and little sign of wear.
22 June 2013
Summary: This was purchased as an upgrade for my law office. I had no difficulty installing or booting up for the first time. File transfer was a breeze. I knew the XPS i5 w/ 8 gigs of ram would be faster than my old Dell 531 core 2 duo but I was not prepared for just how much faster. I like the two diagonally placed usb ports on top of the case - convenient for external devices that are only occasionally used.
Summary: This Is a massive RIP off and you would be stupid to pay that kind of money for what it is. i priced up how much i could build that computer myself and under $1300 its either a mistake in the price or a massive rip off. please avoid.
Summary: Bought one in November 2011 (but not through Amazon). Was a reliable computer for about a year, then I started getting an error message (albeit w/limited info). Checked web for explanation and a few sites said this was not an uncommon problem for a Dell. Followed advice (roughly same on multiple sites) to address problem and error messages stopped. In mid-January 2013 (14 months after purchase), the computer would not start. Turns out the motherboard failed.
Summary: I'm not sure what the other guy is talking about. I got this computer a month ago and it's great!!! Super fast processor. The Core i7 processor is really good for video editing, so far, I'm editing videos in real time!! This means that a 5 minute video is taking me 5 minutes to render. Anyone who is into video editing knows that this is awesome! I am going to upgrade the RAM to 16gigs, but you don't need to unless you're editing video. Everything works so far.
Summary: Please do not make the mistake I did by ordering this computer. Although I did not order the computers from Amazon (Costco instead....sorry Amazon), I don't believe it matters as it will be junk regardless of where it was purchased. I purchased four of these computers for my office with this exact configuration and thought.....what a great computer and monitor combo....
Summary: I really enjoy the Dell XPS 8300. It's as quiet as dead goldfish! It's very fast and can run many programs, like 3/4 video games at once. The graphics are well enough to have no problems playing a video or a favorite video game. Greatest of all it's not as expensive as most other computers out on the market, but can still do so much.