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Dude, you're getting a $10k Dell

When I think of a gaming PC, I think of maybe an Athlon FX-60 processor with two top of the line graphics cards running in SLI or CrossFire mode. Never would I imagine, however, that I would plunk down $10,000 -- not far from the base price of a 2007 Toyota Yaris.

Excess is best at Dell with its new XPS 600 Renegade. This limited edition, custom-painted monster comes equipped with an Intel Pentium 965 Extreme Edition processor overclocked to 4.26GHz. In addtion, it features two 10,000RPM 160GB Raptor hard drives in a RAID-0 configuration plus an additional 7,200RPM 400GB hard drive. Also included is a Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty sound card with front-side controller and 2GB DDR2 667 memory. To top things off, the XPS 600 comes paired with four GeForce 7900 graphics cards running in Quad-SLI.

With all of that processing power, the XPS takes full advantage of AGEIA PhysX processing and can run applications at up to 2,560 x 1,600. By the way, you can enjoy all of this goodness on the included Dell 3007WFP 30-inch widescreen flat panel monitor.

If all of this sounds enticing to you, the XPS 600 will be available in limited quantities for $9,930.

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By plinden on 3/22/2006 2:26:05 PM , Rating: 2
This is ridiculous. Is there any point to this machine? I can't even see anyone claiming bragging rights because I'm sure you all would laugh your asses off if anyone you know bought this.

Anyone out there can estimate how much it would cost to build your own equivalent?

RE: Ridiculous
By Homerboy on 3/22/2006 2:45:33 PM , Rating: 2
you realize that Dell hardly plans to really sell any of these. It is simply a flag-ship model, almost like a concept car.

Just showing off what Dell can do, and getting the name "Dell" out there in front of gamers and the general public more. I'm sure they will sell a few just to those that "need" it and have nothign better to spend their $$ on but its hardly a bread-and-butter machine for them. Just an e-penis machine.

RE: Ridiculous
By bamacre on 3/22/2006 2:48:58 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Thus the "limited quantities."

RE: Ridiculous
By bamacre on 3/22/2006 2:57:21 PM , Rating: 2
As far as cost...

4 x 7900 GTX's = ~2000
1 x 30in LCD = ~1300
1 x OC'd Pent EE = ~1000
2 x 1GB DDR2 = ~ 200
1 x Quad SLI Mobo = ~200
1 x Windows Pro OS = ~140
1 x DVDRW = ~45
1 x DVD-ROM = ~25
1 x Xifi sound = ~125
1 x PPU = Dunno
1 x Key/Mouse = $45
1 x Case = ~120
1 x BigAss PSU = ~125
1 x Media card reader = ~25
1 x Floppy = ~10
1 x Wireless NIC = ~35

Probably missing a few things. Maybe $6000? I imagine they have some R&D tied into it as well, and it being "limited quantities, that adds some significant costs.

RE: Ridiculous
By ktlewis02 on 3/22/2006 3:05:32 PM , Rating: 2
30in LCD monitor for $1300? Where do you shop man? (And can you send me some? LOL)

Seriously though this thing is expensive but only some die hard Dell fans will be buying it.

I also heard there were only going to be 30 shipping on the website

RE: Ridiculous
By osalcido on 3/22/2006 3:31:32 PM , Rating: 2
strange i thought it came with 2 Raptor-150s and a 400GB :)

RE: Ridiculous
By Jedi2155 on 3/22/2006 4:46:48 PM , Rating: 2
Lemme adjust these prices to what I think they should be. My changes are in bold.

4 x 7900 GTX's = ~2000
1 x 3007FPW 30in LCD = ~2000
1 x OC'd Pent EE = ~1000
2 x 1GB DDR2 = ~ 200
1 x Quad SLI Mobo = ~250
2 x 150GB Raptors = ~600
1 x 400 GB HDD = ~200

1 x Windows Pro OS = ~140
1 x DVDRW = ~45
1 x DVD-ROM = ~25
1 x X-Fi Fatal1ty = ~220
1 x PPU = ~300
1 x Key/Mouse = $25

1 x Case = ~120
1 x Paint Job = ~400
1 x BigAss PSU = ~125
1 x Media card reader = ~25
1 x Floppy = ~10
1 x Wireless NIC = ~35

So using your numbers and my numbers combined I get price of around 7720 which probably means R&D & Advertising takes $1k and another $1k for profit.

RE: Ridiculous
By bamacre on 3/22/2006 4:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks, I knew I was off. Forgot about the hard drives altogether. And I was scared to look at the price of the 3007FPW. My 2001FP is still being paid for, LOL.

RE: Ridiculous
By Jedi2155 on 3/22/2006 4:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
Ah...crap screwed up a few numbers but lets just say around $8000 to build it yourself.

RE: Ridiculous
By bamacre on 3/22/2006 4:51:59 PM , Rating: 2
Not to pick, but I was assuming Dell would use their "enhanced multimedia" keyboard. That's why I had the price a little higher. I actually have one of these and love it. Dell shipped me about 5 of them by mistake (dumbasses), and I pulled one for personal use. Gave one to my brother, he loves it as well.

RE: Ridiculous
By Jedi2155 on 3/22/2006 5:01:42 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, that was one of the numbers I realized I screwed up on when I looked at the picture. It's not a dell keyboard at all but rather a Saitek Eclipse along with a Logitech G5 Laser mouse. So that price should go up to around $60-80 rather than $25. Although I have seen G5's go for $22 and Eclipse keyboards go for $20 which would match your $45 price target but then those are really good sales.

RE: Ridiculous
By FoxFour on 3/22/2006 5:23:54 PM , Rating: 2
Logitech G5 mouse, $50.
Saitek Eclipse keyboard, $50.
Klipsch 5.1 Ultras, $400.
650W power supply, $200.
2x150W external power bricks, $100.

I'd value the custom paint job higher than $400, as well... I think you'd have to pay closer to $1000 for the case and the painting. I guess it depends whether you know a good, cheap artist.

All in all, I don't think it's a rip-off, EXCEPT for the [b]ONE YEAR[/b] warranty. Most of those components have manufacturer's warranty of 3+ years, but Dell OC's the crap out of the CPU and drops the whole warranty down to 1 year.

Pathetic, for a $10K system.

RE: Ridiculous
By FoxFour on 3/22/2006 5:25:19 PM , Rating: 2
Bah, forgot this setup still uses HTML tags instead of BB.

RE: Ridiculous
By osalcido on 3/22/2006 6:22:56 PM , Rating: 2
400$ for a paint job???

i know places that paint cars for that much....

you're getting hosed

RE: Ridiculous
By Jedi2155 on 3/22/2006 9:49:53 PM , Rating: 2
could you recommend me one? I need to get my car painted :-D, lol.

But seriously, the paint job on these cases are usually automotive paint quality. So....its like getting a car painted except its your computer.

RE: Ridiculous
By obeseotron on 3/23/2006 2:42:45 AM , Rating: 2
Not that anyone will ever get to try it, but I dare you to try a quad SLI setup with an OCed dual core prescott with even a $125 PSU. I think you'd need to look into the $200-$300 range.

RE: Ridiculous
By ninjit on 3/22/2006 4:21:21 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think you can get some of the parts seperately to build your own machine (quad-sli mobo for example).

But considering all the components, it isn't actually all that ridicilous in price, it's just ridiculous in hardware - the 30" LCD alone accounts for $2200.

RE: Ridiculous
By DangerIsGo on 3/22/2006 4:33:17 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot to mention the $3000 that it costs to build it! :p Damn dell....

RE: Ridiculous
RE: Ridiculous
By ToeCutter on 3/22/2006 4:42:48 PM , Rating: 2

I just read a little blurb about this in MaxPC. The quad SLI config (using daughter boards) will be "a Dell exclusive" for the time being.

What?! Dell "exclusive"?!

Way to screw the diehards who put nVidia on the map long before Dell started using decent GFX cards. I can still remember when Dell used integrated graphics for for 95% of their boxes. I'm astonished how quickly NV dropped to their knees for Dell; the fastest mobile chips have been going their way and now so too the fastest desktop chips.

How long before Dell starts building AMD boxen and the FX series becomes a Dell exclusive? DOH!

By h04x on 3/22/06, Rating: -1
By KristopherKubicki on 3/22/06, Rating: -1
By KristopherKubicki on 3/22/06, Rating: -1
By KristopherKubicki on 3/22/06, Rating: -1
RE: Ridiculous
By KristopherKubicki on 3/22/2006 8:44:27 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry hoax, your comment was screwing stuff up. I moderated it away but here it is again:

Pfft, this pc is nothing in terms of the excess scale. 9 grand? Pocket change, just a small blip when compared to this 24K Gold plated monster from Voodoo that STARTS at $14,300!! Now that.... is excess.

By jlford30 on 3/22/2006 2:24:14 PM , Rating: 2
"With all of that processing power, the XPS takes full advantage of AGEIA PhysX processing and can run applications at up to 2,560 x 1,600."

AGEIA is realeased!!!!!!

RE: What!
By NFS4 on 3/22/2006 2:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
The limited-edition, custom-painted Dell(TM) XPS 600 Renegade delivers to U.S. consumers an immersive gaming experience based on the industry's first dedicated physics accelerator -- the AGEIA(TM) PhysX(TM) processor.

The AGEIA technology lets users interact with supported games in more sophisticated and realistic ways. The AGEIA PhysX processor can power real-time dynamic motion and interaction on a massive scale so games can feature large numbers of complex characters and moving objects in incredibly life-like environments. For example, instead of using traditional weapons, gamers can pull down the roof on their enemies, crushing them in a pile of collapsing debris.

RE: What!
By Cygni on 3/22/2006 2:44:43 PM , Rating: 2
If its really using the hardware PhysX proccessor, it snuck out without many people noticing! I would have expected a bunch of hardware websites (like Anandtech) clawing each other to get benchies/card shots up before everyone else.

Theres gotta be an NDA, otherwise people would be all over it.

RE: What!
By NFS4 on 3/22/2006 2:46:37 PM , Rating: 2
RE: What!
By Cygni on 3/22/2006 2:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
Hahah, well, i guss that answers that! :D Posted today, haha.

Thanks! Im gonna read every word. :)

RE: What!
By littlebitstrouds on 3/22/2006 3:17:58 PM , Rating: 2
^Printing now to read on the train ride home^

Though the greatest PPU card would do this: if you get shot and die in the game... You can't play anymore... it's like real life you're dead. Thank you for your $50 mwahaha

RE: What!
By Araemo on 3/22/2006 3:56:43 PM , Rating: 2
You know, I hadn't really thought PPUs would be usefully useful, until I saw the fire screenshots, and thought about spraying some high-viscosity acid goop at someone hiding behind a corner.. ;P

I still doubt I'd buy one, it just doesn't make sense for this to stay discrete. Either it'll get rolled into the GPU, or the GPU will become powerfull enough to replace it(The difference will be one of semantics more than anything), or it will be integrated onto the CPU/motherboard. I mean, why do we need this as an upgradable solution? Currently noone has one, so it has to be PCI, but how often will you need to upgrade your physics card?

RE: What!
By superkdogg on 3/22/2006 4:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
When did they actually write that article? It calls "Bet on Soldier" and upcoming title, and I've owned it for about 6 months.

RE: What!
By Clauzii on 3/22/2006 8:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
It might be that if You by a Ageia card and patch(?) Your game, You will benefit from it? :)

RE: What!
By Googer on 3/22/2006 11:32:04 PM , Rating: 2
By BillyBatson on 3/22/2006 3:58:40 PM , Rating: 2
"features two 10,000RPM 160GB Raptor hard drives in a RAID-0 configuration"

is it not a 150gb and not 160?

RE: incorrect?
By bamacre on 3/22/2006 4:58:55 PM , Rating: 2
Dell has been getting some specialized Raptor drives from WD. They were selling 80GB Raptors instead of 74GB ones for a while. They probably are 10K rpm 160GB drives.

RE: incorrect?
By TomZ on 3/22/2006 5:15:00 PM , Rating: 2
...or maybe Dell have a different definition of GB. :o)

Just like marketers rate 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes instead of the "right" definition of 1GB = 1024^3 bytes. That dirty trick already overstates the size of the drive by 7.3%. It wasn't so bad when they did it with MB, which was only 4.9%.

RE: incorrect?
By bamacre on 3/22/2006 6:03:38 PM , Rating: 2
No, seriously, they do get these special drives. When the 74GB raptors came out, Dell had them and listed them at 74GB. About 6-8 months ago, they had 80GB raptors.

RE: incorrect?
By osalcido on 3/22/2006 6:25:48 PM , Rating: 2
western digital wont be doing that anymore ;)

RE: incorrect?
By TomZ on 3/22/2006 6:48:19 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't know that! Wow!

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By PLaYaHaTeD on 3/22/2006 7:31:44 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps this one worked

By PLaYaHaTeD on 3/22/2006 7:32:30 PM , Rating: 2
sigh, my attempts were futile

RE: Sigh
By PLaYaHaTeD on 3/22/2006 7:37:41 PM , Rating: 2
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RE: Sigh
By PLaYaHaTeD on 3/22/2006 7:38:25 PM , Rating: 2
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RE: Sigh
By KristopherKubicki on 3/22/2006 8:45:06 PM , Rating: 2
i fixed it. kind of. that has to get fixed soon :(

But it will still be slow
By BladeVenom on 3/22/2006 4:40:41 PM , Rating: 2
It will probably come with so much junk preinstalled that it still won't be a fast computer.

RE: But it will still be slow
By bamacre on 3/22/2006 5:01:39 PM , Rating: 2
Easy enough to get rid of, just pop in the OS disk and reformat. It's something you'd have to do with a BYO anyway.

RE: But it will still be slow
By osalcido on 3/22/2006 6:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
I thought dells came with OEM restore discs that reloaded all the spyware too

RE: But it will still be slow
By Brainonska511 on 3/22/2006 10:52:46 PM , Rating: 2
No, the Dell OEM restore discs are just Windows (whatever version you got). All the other junk is spread out over other cds. The only time you would reload all the bloatware would be if you used their "PC-Restore" feature.

Not tooo bad
By littlebitstrouds on 3/22/2006 3:11:11 PM , Rating: 2
As a media center in my NYC apartment, I could use this as my main TV, Tivo, music center, telephone (VoIP), and gaming rig. Come to think about it this isn't to bad of a price for something that fulfills all my needs, electronic wise, in my entire small apartment. Though, yes I could build it for less, consumers could get better quality music players but we still buy Ipods. We could buy more efficient vehicles but Hummers are still selling. If I was a rock star this would be first on my list of new things to buy. I bet they sell out if they do the right marketing.

RE: Not tooo bad
By Samus on 3/22/06, Rating: -1
RE: Not tooo bad
By TomZ on 3/22/2006 4:04:41 PM , Rating: 2
This box, even with quad SLI and an OC'd EE processor, will never come close to 1200W. No worries about your AC circuit there!

RE: Not tooo bad
By JackPack on 3/22/2006 4:08:13 PM , Rating: 3
You fell for his bait. Samus is clearly a troll.

Expensive now, el cheapo next year
By bpt8056 on 3/22/2006 2:26:39 PM , Rating: 4
I can't stomach the idea it may be equivalent to the 2007 Toyota Yarius now, but it will sell for as much as 1995 Ford Taurus by the end of the year.

Cool looking computer though!

paint job...
By Sanctusx2 on 3/22/2006 3:28:36 PM , Rating: 2
That paint job is really tacky. They should've gone for a sleeker look, more like Alienware. It would've deviated less from their normal business designs while at the same time looking a lot better.

RE: paint job...
By bamacre on 3/22/2006 4:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I thought the flames were from the OC'ed Pentium EE. So that's paint, huh? :D

Physics is the new graphics.
By drunkenmastermind on 3/22/2006 6:56:20 PM , Rating: 2
I must say that I actually get board in games when I just keep seeing the same animations over and over and over. Physics adds sooooo much more visually interesting and realworld accuracy to element in the game. This is the future.

RE: Physics is the new graphics.
By PLaYaHaTeD on 3/22/2006 7:30:35 PM , Rating: 2
</strong> Put an end to the bold!!!

Rape me some more Mr. Depreciation!
By NobleAtreides on 3/23/2006 11:16:08 AM , Rating: 2
all this will be worth $29.99 at Walmart by the end of 2010.

By oneils on 3/23/2006 2:31:43 PM , Rating: 2
lol, if it even lasts that long. I bet the whole thing is powered by one of dell's dinky 230 Watt psu's.

By Scorpion on 3/22/2006 2:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
While the price is absolutly ludacris (Nearly the price of a new car), I can say I wouldn't mind sitting down and experiencing what one can do. :)

I think we should be able to get personal information on anyone who buys one of these things. ;) I know I don't know anyone that would spend that on a computer...

Power consumption
By vgermax on 3/22/2006 4:20:01 PM , Rating: 2
A typical household circuit should be fine. It's rated at 120V/10A typical, and there's ~10-15% headroom on that. Most hairdryers are rated at close to 1200W. As are some newer 7.1ch receivers. The chances of that computer maintaining peak power for any significant amount of time is close to nil.

Cores galores
By bupkus on 3/22/2006 5:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
I would hope that a PPU would allow those with slower CPUs to offload the processing burden.

Some people _will_ buy one.
By Milliamp on 3/22/2006 6:08:41 PM , Rating: 2
The $10K price tag is about the same as a fully loaded Apple Powermac G5 with a 30" display and peeople buy them.

By aggie02 on 3/22/2006 6:08:54 PM , Rating: 2
This compares to a quad-sli setup i saw on

well, Dell bought ALIENWARE (they made the announcement today). Since Alienware sells AMD processors does this mean that Dell will too?

By hans007 on 3/23/2006 6:00:21 AM , Rating: 2
granted it is overpriced compared to "building it yourself" if you could since quad sli cards are not easy to get .

you guys hvae priced it at 4 x 500 for 4 7900s but realistically if anyone could buy a dual 7900 card right now they'd probably go for more like $1300.

so thats $2600 in cards. not to mention win XP license and other software, better warranties than say building this yourself, support, boxes, manuals etc.

they are still probably making quite a bit, but i honestly think this is actually BETTER than the absolute rapage say falcoln northwest or something would charge for a similarly exclusive machine.

anyhow, its still ridiculous that anyone would spend $10000 on a computer.

Then again i have a friend working for a company that makes high end home theater remotes for $800 a piece. there are rich people out there that buy crap like that .

By LordTerrin on 3/22/06, Rating: -1
"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher
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