Whatever you purchase, I'd also suggest buying a battery backup with surge protection to protect your investment.
Bought a couple of Dell XPS 8920 at a local Costco (US). Just wanted the hardware and they have a reputation for good customer service/exchanges, which is a good thing since one was dead out of the box. Don't expect to deal with Dell itself, hopefully. Although, I suppose if we ever need/want to update the firmware we'll have to get it from their site. I'm not 100% sure they'll provide an update for a pure linux system.
We have a local Best Buy (US) and have had good luck with them. They will match most prices. I dislike that all these places push service plans. I mean, the hardware is either built well, or junk, no.
I've gone to a small regional place with a shopping list. It was hit or miss with them too.
We installed Linux Mint successfully, but after some Dell bios changes. It's been awhile since I examined a bios in detail and was amazed at all the code at that level now. Actually kind of scary. I don't want the bios communicating with the outside world! I'm surprised that we don't hear more about this from the open source community.
From the Dell Community Forum:
Dell has not tested/validated the 8920 with Ubuntu, it also isn't listed as being certified by Ubuntu ( certification.ubuntu.com/ )
This doesn't mean that it won't work, just that if you have any issues installing or running it, you will not be supported.
Can I use ubuntu on dell xps desktop 8920?
At https://certification.ubuntu.com/deskto ... ndors=Dell
, checkout supported desktops. If it works for Ubuntu, it certainly will work for Linux Mint.
You could try: PC Mag gaming review
Since this thread started in Sept, what did you end up buying?