Dell busts out XPS 710 H2C gaming desktop, holds no punches


Dell's new XPS 710 H2C Edition "Black Ice" gaming PC might look sexy on the outside, with that new "midnight-black" casing, but there's a whole lot more going on the inside to get excited about. At $5,499, the box is no steal, but it's plenty of frills, including Dell's new H2C cooling system we heard about earlier, which works a bit like a car radiator, with a fluid chiller with ceramic-based thermoelectric cooling to keep it all frosty. Dell also squeezed in an Intel Core Extreme QX6700 quad-core processor, which is factory overclocked to 3.2GHz, dual NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX graphics cards, 4GB of 667MHz DDR2 memory, a pair of 160GB 10,000rpm HDDs with room for two more, dual optical drive (Blu-ray was mentioned in the keynote, but it doesn't sound like it made it into the base configuration), plus Dell is tossing in a 2007WFP 20-inch display and Dell AS501 flat-panel speakers. Since this is a whole gaming package -- apparently consumers go for that whole bundle thing -- Dell is including a Razer Tarantula keyboard and Razer Copperhead mouse. No mention of Vista, though: it's XP Media Center 2005 all the way here. Should be shipping now.