Best Desktop Replacement for £700?

  smiiithy2009 13:24 31 Oct 11
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As per my post earlier in the year (http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/forums/1/helproom/4039854/need-advice-on-desktop-replacement/) I am looking to get a new laptop. I'm now willing to spend a little more than I had previously planned. I don't currently do any gaming but would be interested in playing Shogun 2 etc.

I use my laptop largely for downloading, browsing, e-mails etc and it is generally left on all of the time.

I have been looking at the Dell XPS's. Wondering if anyobdy has alternative recommendendations for up to £700.

Ram: Minimum of 6GB

Processor: Minimum of Intel Core i5, would prefer 2nd gen

Screen: Would prefer 17" as opposed to 15", portability is not a massive issue. Don't watch a great deal of media on the laptop but would like a decent screen.

Storage: SSD would be massive bonus as I don't need masses of storage. Have 1TB of external storage available

These two caught my eye. Which is the best deal and would the first option be capable of playing most games with reasonable graphics settings?

First option for £701.70 including delivery: Dell XPS 17 •2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2430M processor 2.40 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.00 GHz •English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT) •17.3 FHD WLED AG (1920x1080) with 2.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera •6GB1 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz •750GB2 SATA hard drive (7200RPM) •DVD+/-RW (DVD, CD read and write) •1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 550M Graphics Card •Backlit UK keyboard •Standard Service - 1 year of Collect & Return 10 day coverage included with your PC •7.57 lbs

Second option for £822.83 including delivery: Dell XPS 17 •2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM processor 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz •English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT) •17.3 FHD WLED AG (1920x1080) with 2.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera •6GB1 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz •1000GB2 SATA hard drive (7200RPM) •DVD+/-RW (DVD, CD read and write) •3GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M Graphics Card •Backlit UK keyboard •Standard Service - 1 year of Collect & Return 10 day coverage included with your PC •7.57 lbs

Any alternatives with links appreciated.

  chub_tor 13:44 31 Oct 11
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Out of the two you listed then Option 2 is the better but it is over the £700 busget. You might want to consider this Sony at £750 or this Samsumg at £738

  smiiithy2009 18:34 01 Nov 11

Thanks. Just ordered the below system.

Dell XPS L702x

2nd generation Intel Core i5-2430M

6GB (1X4GB + 1X2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel

1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M

750GB Serial ATA (7200RPM)

17.3in Full HD WLED AG (1920x1080)

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