If you want a desktop powerful enough to handle your favorite games but don’t have a lot of desk space, the Dell XPS Tower SE might be the perfect choice. It’s described as a “desktop built to grow with the user”. Not only is it very customizable, it’s also 27% smaller than its predecessor. The chassis is easy to open and allows for simple expandability. You can even customize it to be VR-ready if you want a gaming PC for a virtual reality experience.
Through the command center, you can connect all of your devices easily. There are 11 USB ports in total, including four front ports and a Type-C port. If you want to order a keyboard, monitor, and mouse with the SE tower, an Infinity Edge monitor and wireless mouse/keyboard are available at an additional cost.
What does the (base) spec sheet of the Dell XPS Tower SE look like?
• Intel Core i5 or i7 (7700k) processor (up to 4.2 GHz 8 M cache)
• 8x DVD-RW optical drive and optional Blu-ray drive
• 16GB memory 2,133Mhz DDR4
• 7200RPM 2 TB hard drive + M.2 SSD 512GB
• NVIDIA GeForce GTX video card (1080 w/ 8GB GDDR 5x)
• Wireless 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.2
• Windows 10 Home Operating System
With the i7-770k processor, combined with the 8GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card, you will be able to play VR content.
Intel Optane in Dell XPS Tower SE PCs
Intel Optane memory provides smart system acceleration. This is an adaptable accelerator that provides reliable responsiveness for a PC with a large hard drive. Everything you do will run faster, easier and smoother, whether you’re storing photos or editing videos.
The Dell XPS Tower SE is not only strong, it’s also silent. Even when you have it all full load, the PC stays quiet and cool. Thermally controlled fans and an optimized airflow path protect all of the internal hardware from overheating.
Outwardly, the Tower SE looks minimalistic and formal. The front cover is comprised of a solid sheet of aluminum, with only the XPS and Dell logos as accents. The rest of the machine is made from a high-quality plastic and features a semi-glossy black painting with a ribbed texture band towards the back of the case.
In addition to the dozen USB ports, you get a good variety of other connections and ports. However, what ports you end up with depends on the type of graphics card you select with your configuration. The GTX 1080 comes with HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort (1.3 / 1.4 ready), and dual-link DVI-D.
Overall, the Dell XPS Tower SE is an excellent machine for games, multimedia, and everyday computing.