Damn, we lost another one to the big box OEM. Here I thought we had him off the cliff-edge. Enjoy your worthless GT 640, sub-par PSU, and castrated motherboard.
I would like to offer some references for reading (besides the TR System Guide
). Reading tech reviews not only helps you choose the perfect component for your DIY build, it also helps you detect poorly and well balanced pre-built systems. Also, Forge
highlighted my #1 gripe with Dell: they don't make upgradeable platforms. Everything is cut down to only the connectors and functionality that's needed for the system they ship. If you aren't comfortable with building your own, go with a boutique like ibuypower
that use the same aftermarket components you buy from sites like newegg.
1) A reivew of the GT 640 GPU
which would be enough to convince anyone to never touch one of those heaps.
2) A CPU gaming review
to help illustrate how an i5 is all you need for gaming. Even an i3 can provide stellar gaming performance
even though TR mysteriously decided to omit the i3 in their most recent article.
Even if the system was purchased with a substantial gift card, I would still have much rather purchased a dell laptop or IPS monitor with it.
Purchasing an SSD for your old Q6600 system probably would have curbed your impulses for a new system. Ultimately, you spent all that money for an upgraded CPU that will be held back by the mechanical hdd and no GPU upgrade. I doubt you'll notice much difference in "speed" aside from the fact that the new system will be a fresh OS install.
Main: i5-3570K, ASRock Z77 Pro4-M, Asus GTX660 TOP, 500GB Crucial BX100, 2 TB Samsung EcoGreen F4, 16GB 1600MHz G.Skill @1.25V, EVGA 550-G2, Silverstone PS07B
HTPC: A8-5600K, MSI FM2-A75IA-E53, 4TB Seagate SSHD, 8GB 1866MHz G.Skill, Crosley D-25 Case Mod