Scan 3XS i3 OC Gaming PC - Performance Results

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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  • Performance 8
  • Value 8
  • Features 8
  • Design 6


January 28, 2010, 2:21 pm

Its been a long time since I last looked at one of Dell PCs' insides, but from my previous experience I can say that comparing Dell to any custom build is like comparing apples and pears. That is if we ignore the customer service differences and further upgrade pricing. Not looking to offend anyone, but I guess the author needs a bit more real life experience to draw such comparisons.


January 28, 2010, 3:06 pm


Not offended at all, but I hope I made it clear that upgrading is the one area where Dells can be problematic. It can't be denied that for the price the Dell is a far superior system, and as to upgrade prices, I don't really see any upgrades that would make sense for that system as you're buying to a price point - once you go above that you can get a whole different level of custom build. Besides which, Dell's upgrade prices tend to be reasonable, if not as cheap as buying yourself (which is the same for custom builds).

In the end, what I was comparing was basic hardware specifications for the money, and even factoring in a replacement case and motherboard for Dell's PC you would still have a decent price for what you're getting (FYI I've owned a Dell machine in the past and reviewed a few too).


January 28, 2010, 7:34 pm

I enjoyed the review, thank you! Very tidy insides - I do like seeing computers that have had thought put into the assembly.


January 29, 2010, 10:06 pm

Please don't hate me, but I fancy the sound of that Studio XPS. I don't have the time to build and support my own PC - I want to buy something with 3 years NBD and just forget about it. But I can't for the life of me find the system you describe on their website. Linky?


February 1, 2010, 6:00 pm


You're welcome :) And yes, tidy insides are always a good sign that the assembler has actually put in some genuine effort.


We hate you - kidding! Unfortunately, Dell has completely changed the configuration of its Studio XPS 8100 systems since the review, so now that system would come to over £800. Obviously when buying from an assembler like Scan you don't have to build or support the PC either, and the company offers a 2-year warranty as standard.

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