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Dell Inspiron 530/1142 budget desktop PC review

£719 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dell

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Dell Inspiron 530/1142 comes with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor and 4GB of DDR2-667 memory, making it ideal for those who make heavy use of programs that can take advantage of those extra cores.

The Dell Inspiron 530/1142 comes with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor and 4GB of DDR2-667 memory, making it ideal for those who like to run multiple apps simultaneously or make heavy use of programs that can take advantage of those extra cores, such as Adobe Photoshop or 3D Studio.

However, quad-core processors always suffer a little in WorldBench 6 tests, thanks to their comparatively low clock speeds (in this case 2.4GHz) when compared to dual-core equivalents. So, if you’re not doing a lot of multitasking, you won’t see much benefit from the Dell Inspiron 530/1142's quad-core chip.

And one area users of the Dell Inspiron 530/1142 certainly won’t gain anything is gaming. While some recent titles can harness the power of additional CPU cores, an excellent processor is no use in games without a decent graphics card.

The Dell Inspiron 530/1142’s Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics controller is rather outdated and comes with only 256MB of RAM, so we wouldn’t recommend this system to serious gamers. You could play Fear or something similar if you keep the resolution low, but modern games at anything but the very lowest settings are out of the question. Gamers should look elsewhere – the CyberPower Gamer Infinity GT offers far better performance and costs less.

Chart ranking: budget desktop PCs (August issue)


  1. Arbico Elite 8070EX
  2. Mesh Elite Q9300 Pro
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity GT
  4. Eclipse Elite i85n98GTX
  5. Dell Inspiron 530/1142

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Dell Inspiron 530/1142 Expert Verdict »
DELL DL530+20" 20"AOC Scores 8.8 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
4GB DDR RAM
500GB + 465GB SATA
Dell Inspiron 530 motherboard
8 x USB
20in AOC N20W (0.285mm pixel pitch, 1,680x1,050)
256MB PCI Express ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT (framerates: Crysis [HQ] 13fps, Fear 38fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888
built-in speakers
20x/20x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
Microsoft Works
McAfee Security
Roxio Creator DE
Dell support software
one-year onsite warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 104
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Dell Inspiron 530/1142 has its perks. As well as its multitasking capabilities, it comes with an enormous storage capacity of 965GB and a TV tuner. Its 20in AOC monitor is also a decent component, providing considerably more desktop space than the Eclipse Elite i85n98GTX’s display. But it has to settle for fifth place.

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