Conclusion: If you're not interested in gaming, however, you can get similar productivity-application performance for less money. Dell can put you in an XPS 8500 for under $1,000 that features the Core i7-3770 and a lesser graphics card (but no SSD). And if you're shopping around the $1,000 price point, we would also suggest you consider the Asus Essentio CM6870-US-3AC, a Core i7-3770 desktop with a bit more expansion room for $999.
Pros: Solid performer across the board, Attractive, functional case, Hard drive/SSD combo aids performance
Cons: Standard warranty cut to one year, Limited expansion room
Summary: They say good things come in small packages, and that's the case with Dell's XPS 8500 desktop PC. The system is only 16x6.9x17.2in, but performs almost as well as a behemoth gaming system. Read our Dell XPS 8500 review for more.
A solid, all-round home PC that's good enough for a bit of gaming
Good Gear Guide.au
28 August 2012
Summary: Dell's XPS 8500 is a small desktop PC with a neat style, a good range of connectivity and fast performance. Give it a go if you want a pre-built machine from a brand name vendor that can be used for productivity, multimedia and gaming.
Pros: Good CPU and graphics performance, 2TB hard drive, Plenty of RAM, Good range of connections
Cons: Basic Wi-Fi, No monitor for the price, Not a great case if you like to tinker