Summary: Bought this for our son in college to replace an aging Dell. He loves it. Fast and dependable and loads of room for his games and school work. Of course his games are more important, to him anyway.
I like the modest upgrades possible to this system
1 November 2014
Summary: I'm 1 1/2 years in owning the XPS 8500. I like the modest upgrades possible to this system: 256GB SSD - Samsung 840 Pro, added 16 GB Valueram, so now have 24 GB and now just installed a GTX 750ti low power consuming mid-range a GPU. My additional $500 in upgrades over 1 1/2 years has really turned this system into an all-star performing for anything but serious gaming. I bought my son an XPS 8700 and made similar modifications.
I purchased the older 8500 Special Edition because I liked the contrast between the black front panel and white ...
Phantom Shoppe, Amazon
14 September 2014
Summary: I had this Dell XPS 8500 Special Edition stored in "Saved For Later" for months before finally deciding to puchase one of the three available during the MA tax-free weekend, mostly in part because Amazon lowered the price to $1,611.06. This XPS replaces my 933 gHz Dell Dimension which is still running strong after 13 years. I purchased the older 8500 Special Edition because I liked the contrast between the black front panel and white case.
Summary: I bought this when I thought everything was going over to Windows 8. I didn't have a touchscreen and wasn't willing to spend the money for one for a PC. I'll use that money on a touchscreen laptop. It's a great computer, fast, plenty of ram and hard drive space.I added a second internal hard drive for backups and after a year not everything is working great. I"m not sure if you can still but this with Windows 7 but it's still a great computer.
Summary: I bought this as an upgrade over my four year old Asus laptop....I have owned it for several months now and I have been incredibly pleased. I can run all of my games on max settings, run various programs at a time without a problem, and even host servers like it's nothing. It's a wonderful budget gaming computer. I am very happy with this purchase.