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Where can I buy a desktop with XP Pro and Intel i7?

Hi, I'm looking to buy a mid-to-high-end desktop for a client: it needs to have XP pro installed (preferably with OS and driver disk), and given his processing needs, I'd like him to have the newest processor--Intel i7.

For reasons I won't go into, I don't want to build a custom rig.

Dell doesn't have any computers with XP and i7, and I can't find anyone else who does.

Any suggestions?


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JBart_17Commented:
i know CDW sell HP sells pc with "down grades"  license.
 i would find a model on cdw you like, then call and speak to  rep about having XP installed instead of vista.
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestion.

No option on CDW website, and when I called, I seemed to stump the sales rep, who's going to email any models he finds.
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garycaseCommented:
Since you don't want to do a custom build, I'd simply buy a Dell XPS 730x with the Core i7 you want and then load XP on it independently.   Dell has all of the XP drivers for a 730x on its website:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=WW1&osl=EN&catid=-1&impid=-1&servicetag=&SystemID=XPS_730X&hidos=WV64&hidlang=en&TabIndex=

(I'm surprised they don't offer a free downgrade -- have you asked a sales rep?   They occasionally can do customizations that aren't listed on the web site)
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willcompCommented:
This one has an XP Pro option. Not exactly an office PC.
http://www.velocitymicro.com/wizard.php?iid=2
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garycaseCommented:
"... Not exactly an office PC ..." ==> Gee, I thought the blue lights coming through the side window were a special kind of desk lamp :-)

An XPS-730x isn't really targeted at the office crowd either; although it at least comes in a silver & black case that would like fine [you can also get a bright red case for it :-) ].
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willcompCommented:
There are case options on the Velocity Micro PC as well, including an aluminum case without clear side panels.

I have seen worse sights in offices than their windowed PC though ---- think Tiger Direct and poor cabling jobs. Bought from an infomercial in all liklihood.
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ee92Commented:
You can look at IBM's ThinkCenter line. They offer both Vista and Windows XP and have configurable hardware.
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Garycase, I checked out the Dells earlier and found that most of the models didn't have the chipset and if you look under chipset, it's not clear whether this driver is an update or the actual driver. Would this be a problem. (I called Dell, and they said that if I wanted to buy a Dell computer with Vista that I would have to go to the individual manufacturers' websites to download drivers [am I gullible?].)

Willcomp--you found one. Little pricey, though, even though I played with the specs.

ee92: I went to Lenovo before posting this question. What do you see that I don't?
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willcompCommented:
With the $200.00 discount, Velocity should be close to Dell in price. Any way you cut it, an i7 system will be a bit pricey due to mobo and memory prices.  
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garycaseCommented:
The link on Dell's site to the chipset drivers for XP is correct => as I noted earlier, they have ALL of the drivers you need to install XP, so if you need to install XP on an XPS-730x it's not a problem.

But as willcomp noted, ANY Core i7 system will be a bit pricey.  A base 730x (a very nice system) is $1799 ... and you'll need an XP license in addition to that.     The Velocity willcomp noted is $2074 with XP for a very similarly configured system.   I suspect by the time you factor in tax & shipping the prices get pretty close.

In any event, either system will provide you with what you asked for -- a nice pre-built Core i7 system that you can configure with XP.

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garycaseCommented:
... You can also buy a pre-configured system from Digital Storm (they primarily focus on gaming machines;  but you can configure one with a less "intense" case and non-SLI graphics that would be an excellent office desktop for ~ $1750 with a Core i7 and XP:  http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadsaved.asp?id=238000

Just step through the options and modify it as you need (including XP Pro)

The advantage of either a Velocity or a Digital Storm PC is that XP would already be installed.   The advantage of a Dell XPS is that it's from a much more mainstream supplier ... although it would take you an hour or two to install and configure XP [I'd still call them and ask if they will pre-install it ... as I noted before, they can often  make changes on the phone that aren't offered online].
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reckonAuthor Commented:
Garycase, thanks for the suggestions. I had called Dell already and was told that my options were very limited (no way I could get i7 and XP Pro), but I'll try again.

Thanks for all the suggestions--
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