Dell's "Affordable" XPS 630 Gaming System Starts at $1249, But Will Probably Cost You More

Dell wanted to bring its gaming platform down from the $2000 and up arena, and into something average gamers can go and buy, so it's rolling out the previously teased XPS 630.

For build-to-order you start at $1249 and a pre-fab $1299 edition comes with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and dual NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB graphics cards with SLI technology. But the expansion possibilities in the standard ATX chassis include overclockable Corsair Dominator memory and Intel Extreme processors, up to three factory installed HDDs (with a fourth bay for your own tinkering) and an optional AGEIA PhysX accelerator.

In other words, reading the fine print, it sounds like no one is going to be satisfied with the base config—even though it will come with pretty LED lighting zones that synchronize with game play. [Dell]