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Hi.  I am trying to configure an XPS8300 system that I intend to purchase soon.  I’m not too happy with the response time of the sales agent… probably due to the time difference between USA and India or whatever place is outsourced to.  Anyway, I hope the community forums has some information.

 Here’s what I have thus far:

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Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

XPS 8300

XPS 8300

 

 

 

 

 

Operating System

Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, 64Bit, English

 

 

 

 

 

Processors

Intel® Core™ i7-2600 processor(8MB Cache, 3.4GHz)

 

 

 

 

 

Memory

12GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 4 DIMMs

 

 

 

 

 

Keyboard

Dell Consumer Multimedia Keyboard

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor

No Monitor

 

 

 

 

 

Video Card

AMD Radeon™ HD 6770

 

 

 

 

 

Hard Drive

1.5TB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200 RPM, 32MB Cache HDD

 

 

 

 

 

Mouse

Dell Laser Mouse

 

 

 

 

 

Network Card

Add 2 USB 3.0 ports

 

 

 

 

 

Modem

No Dial Up Modem Option

 

 

 

 

 

TBU

Adobe® Acrobat® Reader

 

 

 

 

 

Optical Drive

Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

 

 

 

 

 

Sound

Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers

No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless

Dell 1501 Wireless-N PCIe Card

 

 

 

 

 

Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed)

Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook

 

 

 

 

 

Security Software

McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months

 

 

 

 

 

Hardware Support Services

3 Year Good Service Package

 

 

 

 

 

Data Safe

DataSafe 2.0 Online Backup 2GB for 1 year

 

 

 

 

 

Green

Recycle Your Old Dell or Non-Dell Branded Equipment at No Cost With The Purchase of a New Dell

 

 

 

 

 

Recovery Tools

Recovery DVD for Windows® 7 Professional OS, 64bit, Eng.

 

 

 

 

 


1. Do I still get six USB2.0 ports and the 10/100/1000 Ethernet port even though I chose the option “Add 2 USB 3.0 ports”?

2. Does purchasing the computer system with WIN7 and then upgrading to WIN7-PRO void warranties or services?

3. Is there an official or verified place where I can go for Dell online discount coupons?

                    AKMARK5000
http://webportjunctionforum.forumotions.com/
  "Ask me again and I'll deny everything."

Dell XPS8300; Win7 Pro [64Bit]; Intel i7-2600 [3.4Ghz]; 12Gb RAM; AMD/ATI Radeon HD6770; 1.5Tb HDD [7200Rpm];               Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme; Dell IN1920 18.5' HD Widescreen Monitor

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  • 1. It looks like its just a PCI Express x1 card that they have added. Seems two at the back from the image they provide. However this is a sample image only and looks to be misleading.

    Look at the video review here (seems one is added at the back and one is added at the front). Giving you 4 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 at the back and 4 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 at the front.

    Note you won't have any PCI express slots left as you will have the soundcard also. Graphics card will occupy the PCI express x16 slot and cover one of the PCI express x1 slots. Soundcard will cover one PCI express x1 slot and USB 3.0 card will cover the final one. This is fine unless you want to insert another card.

    2. The warranty covers hardware and not software. As an aside you can use Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade this will preserve your factory settings but change Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit to Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. I done the same on my XPS 8300 with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. However as I installed my own soundcard and had some strange conflict with the graphics drivers I done a clean install subsequently.

    3. Unfortunately I have not found such a site. However there might be one.

     

    Also if you want internal bluetooth, add it now as it is hard to get the parts to manually upgrade it later. (that was my plan but I add to get a Bluetotoh USB dongle instead). Its a great machine, I really like mine.

    Philip Yip

     

    Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Wikies See here for other wikies such as Customising and Using Windows 8.1, Dell Wireless Cards and Unofficial Drivers.

  • No problem, I looked at this system and similar systems for a few months before deciding to buy it. I have also been looking in depth at possible upgrades. Particularly ones I can do myself later down the line for much cheaper.

    • Looked for best processor/motherboard as its generally the most costly parts to upgrade/replace yourself.

    • I first didn't bother with the soundcard as I thought the integrated audio would suffice. I changed my mind as soon as I used it, it sounded worse to me then the integrated audio of my 5 year old laptop. I am not too fond of realtek devices. I upgraded it myself to a Creative Soundblaster Xi-Fi. Therefore I recommend getting the card, like you are getting.

    • I thought I could upgrade the bluetooth manually as I did in my laptop, then found I needed a whole chassis and cable to add the card. I could not purchase this in the U.K. and so settled for a Belkin Bluetooth USB dongle with probably better range.

    • RAM I upgraded from 6 GB to 12 GB using crucial was much cheaper, might upgrade to 16 GB down the line.

    • I added a second 1 TB hdd just looked for the part and screws on amazon.

    • Looking at bluray drives for the second optical drive, might do so once they get cheaper.

    • Looking at the USB 3.0 ports for the back of the computer.

    1. I am actually looking at a post adding a USB 3.0 Card to a new Dell XPS 8300 to see if I can do it on mine. This option wasn't available in the U.K. It seems that a USB 3.0 PCI Express x1 card can be used. Looks to be easy but I am slightly concerned about the power cable so am not 100 % sure about it yet. I am not sure if I will be able to have 2 hard drives, 2 DVD drives and this USB 3.0 device all together. 

    Also it would be good to have one at the front and one at the back let Dell semm to do as preinstalled but cannot find an easy cheap way to that for the U.K.

    If you look the black back panel with the ethernet port, 4 USB  won't be affected. (Integrated audio and integrated graphics will be blocked off in your case). Since you have dedicated graphics and dedicated sound. You don't remove the ethernet card, it is part of the back panel.

    The first two PCI express card slots will be occupied by the graphics card. The bottom one by the soundcard leaving you the third one free for USB 3.0 (purchased with the system or at a later date). Again I need to see about the power cable and an adaptor for the power cable.

    2. Purchase the recovery media for Windows 7 aswell, it should give you the option on the XPS.

    What you are buying is essentially the exact configuration I have just now including the upgrades I have manually made so far. You have a better graphics card however (ATI HD6770 vs ATI HD5770). If you are getting the Creative Soundblaster Xi-Fi then you have the same soundcard as me also. I am happy with my system, its fantastic however of course if I find the upgrade parts for cheap, I will upgrade it.

    Philip Yip

     

    Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Wikies See here for other wikies such as Customising and Using Windows 8.1, Dell Wireless Cards and Unofficial Drivers.

  • Yes I removed McAfee, the first thing I did was uninstall it reboot, then used the McAfee removal tool. Also removed bing bar, ebay shortcut and a few other things. Then I installed the standalone Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Standalone Internet Explorer 9 (hopefully they both should be preinstalled). 

    I use Microsoft Security Essentials (free) along with Windows 7 Firewall Control (64 bit free version) and finally the full version of Mawarebytes (£20 no expiry with realtime protection or free version which only runs/updates when told). This security configuration is more than sufficient. I see no need to pay for anything else. I use Google Chrome with the free Adblock extension as my internet browser.

    As I am always recommending software on this board and to friends, I wrote a wiki on the software I find useful and hence recommend. Most of it is free, if not the price is listed. Download links are available at the top and a more detailed description of what some/most of the programs do are listed below.

    Philip Yip

     

    Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Wikies See here for other wikies such as Customising and Using Windows 8.1, Dell Wireless Cards and Unofficial Drivers.

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  • I'm happy with it so far... I just have to become comfortable with the system..

                        AKMARK5000
    http://webportjunctionforum.forumotions.com/
      "Ask me again and I'll deny everything."

    Dell XPS8300; Win7 Pro [64Bit]; Intel i7-2600 [3.4Ghz]; 12Gb RAM; AMD/ATI Radeon HD6770; 1.5Tb HDD [7200Rpm];               Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme; Dell IN1920 18.5' HD Widescreen Monitor

  • natakuc4

    Also if you want internal bluetooth, add it now as it is hard to get the parts to manually upgrade it later. (that was my plan but I add to get a Bluetotoh USB dongle instead). Its a great machine, I really like mine.

    NATAKUC4

    I forgot to add internal bluetooth and unfortunately the sales person didn't think to ask about it either. So I purchased from Dell an iogear gbu421 dongle. I have not been able to get it to work consistently and when it does work (briefly) I cannot pair my Windows 7 HTC Surround phone. I keep getting startup messages that the "bluetooth software license is not found". I spoke with tech support many, many times and they can't seem to figure out the issue. By contrast I also have an Inspiron Mini 1012 with internal bluetooth. I have no issue, usually, getting it to pair to my phone and I never have any issues with error messages.

    May I ask what bluetooth dongle you have and if you ever have any issues using it? As a matter of full disclosure I also use a Dell wireless keyboard/mouse that uses a seperate dedicated dongle with I assume is bluetooth but may not be.

    Regards,

    GEGJr

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     XPS12 convertible

    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3537 CPU @ 2.10GHz (CPU:0)

    RAM 8GB

    250GB SSD

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    XPS 8300 64-bit

    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz

    RAM 32GB

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    Inspiron Mini 1012 Intel® Atom™single core

    L2 cache 512 KB

    533 MHz and 667 MHz

  • I use Belkin F8T017 bought from here and I installed the Vista 64 bit driver from here (although I think it works without it).

    I haven't used my bluetooth too much but haven't run into any problems.

    Although as a side note I am interested in "Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE" this is the wireless card shipped with the XPS 8500. I don't know if one of these could be used to replace the WLAN 1501 in the XPS 8300 to give it internal bluetooth as both units seem very similar. I cannot find any service manual for the XPS 8500 or any documentation for the 1703 card.

    Philip Yip

     

    Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Wikies See here for other wikies such as Customising and Using Windows 8.1, Dell Wireless Cards and Unofficial Drivers.