Most of us would consider a thousand pounds a pretty handsome sum to spend on a PC. So why not go the whole hog and spend three times that on this absolute stunner from Dell? And that's before you've even paid for a monitor or speakers.

Plus, unfathomably, it doesn't have Vista. You can get a free upgrade (with an £11 delivery charge) to Home Premium, but we don't understand why such a fantastic PC doesn't have Windows Vista as standard.

Otherwise, this is an amazing machine. For a start, it's almost noiseless thanks to its advanced cooling system, which also means the processor can run faster for longer. Given that the Dell is powered by Intel's Quad-Core Extreme QX6700, this holds out the promise of acres and acres of performance, and the PC sprinted through our tests in record-breaking time, achieving a high-point of 168 WorldBench points. And it won't even be until we see true multicore applications and games that this PC can really show us what it's made of.

The Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic is one of the best sound cards we've ever seen, while the graphics are fantastic. Besides the pair of GeForce 8800 GTX cards, you also get an Ageia PhysX physics accelerator card, enabling the Dell to produce the most amazing graphics performance we've seen.

Bear in mind that you don't get a flat-panel or speakers as standard – Dell is assuming that you'll want the XPS to slot into an existing home entertainment setup. Anything less than a large plasma or LCD screen and a thumping audio system would fail to live up to this astonishing PC.

Dell XPS 710 H2C Computer: Specs

  • nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS graphics processor
  • 320MB GDDR3 RAM
  • core clock 500MHz
  • memory clock 800MHz (1.6GHz DDR effective)
  • manufacturing process 0.09-micron
  • 96 stream processors
  • 320bit memory interface
  • PCI Express interface
  • DirectX 10.0 support
  • DVI
  • video-out
  • nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS graphics processor
  • 320MB GDDR3 RAM
  • core clock 500MHz
  • memory clock 800MHz (1.6GHz DDR effective)
  • manufacturing process 0.09-micron
  • 96 stream processors
  • 320bit memory interface
  • PCI Express interface
  • DirectX 10.0 support
  • DVI
  • video-out

OUR VERDICT

This is a stunning machine. It's very expensive, and the lack of Windows Vista as standard is bizarre, but it has just about everything you could possibly want in a PC. And don't forget Dell's fantastic after-sales support.

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