Please rate this new Windows 7 PC I have my eye on

  Keeno316 15:53 22 Oct 09

I would like an opinion of this new Dell deal. It comes in at £499. Thank you.

Inspiron 545 MT

Date 22/10/2009 09:50:53 Central Standard Time
Catalog Number 20211 Retail ukdhs1

Catalog Number / Description Product Code Qty SKU Id

Inspiron 545 Minitower with Black Bezel 253359 1 [210-27802] 1

Color Choice:
Piano Black 253369 1 [325-10058] 380

Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 (2.93GHz,1066MHz,3MB) 289941 1 [213-10811] 146

Microsoft Operating System:
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English 321417 1 [619-19720][640-11715] 11

Microsoft Application Software:
Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word) 199684 1 [630-12199] 1002

Enhanced Service Packs:
1 year of coverage included with your PC 322299 1 [754-56802] 30

Protect your new PC:
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English 109547 1 [650-11064] 1014

Accidental Damage Support:
No Accidental Damage Support 327718 1 [755-10533] 463

Dell IN2010N 20” Widescreen Consumer Flat Panel Monitor - UK 211407 1 [480-17635] 5

4096MB Dual Channel DDR2 800MHz [4x1024] Memory 209493 1 [370-14784] 3

Hard Drive:
500GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive 108710 1 [400-13489] 8

Video Card:
512MB ATI® Radeon™ HD 4350 graphics card 262607 1 [490-11514] 6

Optical Devices:
DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD) 212417 1 [429-12619][429-13812][429-14199] 16

Dell™ USB Entry Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY) 237257 1 [580-15112] 4

Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black 109528 1 [570-10398] 12

Sound Cards:
Integrated Channel High Definition Audio 110547 1 [510-10195] 17

Floppy Drive:
19-in-1 Media Card reader 209514 1 [385-10830] 10

No Modem 110188 1 [530-11671] 14

Dell System Media Kit:
Inspiron Desktop 545 Resource DVD (Diagnostic & Drivers) 209513 1 [340-17913] 319

Shipping Documents:
English Documentation 209539 1 [340-17938] 21

Gedis Bundle Reference:
D114517 319589 1 [200-61959] 22

Order Information:
Inspiron Desktop 545 MT Order - UK 209623 1 [799-11973] 111

No Speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system) 109422 1 [520-10598] 18

Standard Warranty:
1 year of coverage included with your PC 322277 1 [754-56801] 29

2 Meter Power Cord - UK 209498 1 [450-12831] 20

DataSafe (Services Owned):
Datasafe Local 2.0 Basic 284132 1 [640-11633] 813

Protect your Data:
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB 1 year 181702 1 [759-10292][764-10278] 467

  961 16:25 22 Oct 09

If possible I would pay the £30 extra for Windows 7 Professional which gives ability to run in XP mode and some other add ons

Also, I would buy the system without the monitor and get BenQ 22 or 24" for around £140, much better quality, see PCPro review

  Keeno316 18:14 22 Oct 09

Thank you.

And is the Processor, Graphics Card and other vital parts decent? I was told the Graphics card they offer is very good.

Also is it easy to go onto XP mode?

  961 18:58 22 Oct 09

This should be a good reliable workhorse for day to day use

The graphics card is a well known reliable job which, although now outmoded by newer models, is entirely adequate and much better than integrated graphics. It will cope with high def tv and blu ray disks but if you are after playing modern games you need to look elsewhere

Dell produce business computers which need to be reliable. They can't afford to have too many faults and failures so they tend to produce reliable jobs using components which will not fail. They buy reliable processors and motherboards

You don't say what your computer will be used for. If you are planning to play modern games on the internet or do lots of high def video editing the Dell may not be for you. Or not at this sort of price anyway. There are other manufacturers that will overclock the processor, install a video card costing five to ten times the price of this one, and charge a correspondingly higher price. Equally, the Dell may work until you are so fed up with it you have to dig it out of the dust under the desk to get rid of it

  Keeno316 19:12 22 Oct 09

I will be using it for games like Sims and Football Manager.

Also for sroring and playing music. Transfering my Camcorder Movies to it, and burning them to DVD after editing. And for storing all my Digital Photo's.

Ok for my needs?

  961 09:59 23 Oct 09

Games like sims should not be a problem but latest generation action games no

Storing and playing music, yes, as with digital photos

For high def camcorder movies using the latest codecs for editing I would go for a faster machine with more processing power and memory

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