The Dell Studio XPS 435 which quietly appeared on the company's US site yesterday has now gone on sale, with prices starting at $1,099. That gets you Intel's Core i7-920 processor running at 2.66GHz, 3GB of DDR3-1066 memory and a 500GB hard-drive, together with AMD's ATI Radeon HD 3650 256MB video card.
As we found out yesterday, though, Dell have left plenty of headroom for massive upgrade potential. The Intel Core i7-965 CPU is a $1,170 upgrade on its own (or you could go for the i7-940 at $470), while you can spec up to 24GB of RAM ($1,500), various degrees of RAID storage up to 2TB in size, and a Blu-ray burner for $200. There's also graphics upgrades, with the maximum spec being an ATI Radeon HD4870 1GB for $250.
All in all it's an impressive machine, but according to Dell it's not intended to be a gaming monster but a multimedia desktop. The Dell Studio XPS 435 series will apparently start shipping on March 19th 2009.
[via DesktopReview - Thanks Johnny!]