Laptops, ultrabooks, and tablets are all well and good if you're a mobile person -- or you have a small desk -- but if you want serious horsepower for things like games, video editing, 3D modeling, and big ol' CAD drawings, your best bet is usually a desktop.
A desktop also gives you a lot more expansion options, whether it's adding a second hard drive or swapping in the latest and greatest video card. Something to consider.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, DealFisher has the Dell XPS 8500 desktop for $599.99, shipped. It is without question one of the most loaded PCs I've ever seen.
Check it out: The system features a 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of DDR3 RAM, a 2TB hard drive, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640 graphics card with 1GB of dedicated RAM.
As for ports, it's lousy with them: four USB 3.0, six USB 2.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, and all the other usual suspects. The system also includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with a 460-watt power supply to handle all this hardware.
I think the only letdown here, and it's a minor one, is the DVD burner: In a system like this, I'd expect a Blu-ray drive, even if not many users are likely to take advantage of it. Of course, this being a desktop, you could always swap one in if you wanted. You might also prefer a wireless mouse and keyboard to the wired ones included here.
The XPS 8500 runs Windows 8 and comes with a one-year warranty. It may be lacking a couple little amenities, but as Han Solo said of the Millennium Falcon, she's got it where it counts, kid. (CNET hasn't reviewed this exact configuration, but you can check out-- one they didn't like so much owing to its high price.)
I haven't run a desktop deal in many moons, and I'm curious to see how many of you take advantage of this one -- or at least have interest in seeing others like it. Let me know in the comments!
Bonus deal: If you're in the market for cheap storage, today's your lucky day. For a limited time, Newegg has the Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive for $69.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code EMCXSWP48 at checkout, and $10 less than when I first wrote about the drive back in January. Also, Rakuten (née Buy.com) has the Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 desktop hard drive for $84.95, shipped. Glad to see USB 3.0 drives finally matching their 2.0 counterparts, pricewise.
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