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Dell Inspiron 570 Budget Desktop PC

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Dell Inspiron 570 Budget Desktop PC

Dell Inspiron 570

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The Bottom Line

Apr 15 2011 - Dell's Inspiron 570 is a very good deal for those looking at a basic desktop PC with a little room to grow in the future. With prices under $400, it is acceptable for anyone using it for the web or media streaming. If you want a bit more performance or storage space, Dell offers upgrades which many competing systems lack. The problem is that these upgrades are fairly expensive compared to doing them yourself. At least the system does have the room for these upgrades which many at this price do not.

Pros

  • Very Low Cost
  • Customizable
  • A Bit More Upgrade Space Than Many Budget Desktops

Cons

  • Upgrades Are Relatively Expensive

Description

  • AMD Athlon II X2 255 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • AMD Radeon HD 4200 Integrated Graphics
  • 7.1 Audio Support
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Six USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 19-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, McAfee Security Center

Guide Review - Dell Inspiron 570 Budget Desktop PC

Apr 15 2011 - Dell's Inspiron 570 desktop is the company's low cost AMD based system. It is available in configurations that range from as little as $280 to over $700 but for today, we look at the standard configurations which is priced about halfway between these two extremes.

Powering this version of the Inspiron 570 is the AMD Athlon II X2 245 dual core desktop processor. This is a very modest processor from AMD that provides enough performance for most basic tasks that consumers have ranging from browsing the web to media streaming. It does suffer a good deal on more demanding tasks such as video editing. In those cases, it is better to spend a bit to upgrade to the triple or quad core AMD Athlon II processors or upgrade further to a low cost Core i3 from Intel or Phenom processor from AMD. The system comes with 4GB of DDR3 memory which is standard for this price range. There are four memory slots which allow the system to be upgraded further than some budget systems that feature just two but Dell fills all of them with 1GB modules.

The base storage features for the standard Dell Inspiron 570 uses a fairly modest 500GB hard drive. If you need more space for applications, data and media files, Dell does offer an upgrade to a one terabyte model that doubles the overall storage space. The downside to this is the upgrade costs $70 which is not that much cheaper than buying a drive and installing it yourself. A dual layer DVD burner is included for playback and recording of CD and DVD media. A multicard reader is also included for handling the most popular forms of flash media cards.

Graphics on the Dell Inspiron 570 use the integrated AMD Radeon HD 4200 processor. This is a decent integrated solution that offers more performance than a typical Intel GMA X4500HD processor. 3D performance is still very limited with game support only at the most basic detail levels at lower resolutions. There is a PCI-Express graphics card slot on the motherboard that would allow an aftermarket graphics card installed. The power supply is a fairly low 300W model that will limit graphics cards to the more basic budget graphics cards but this is still a step up from many other similarly priced desktops.

One advantage that Dell holds over most budget desktop systems is the ability to upgrade components. The downside is that the number of customization options is very limited by Dell and many of them are more expensive than an aftermarket upgrade done by the consumer. As a result, customization is generally best for those that don't want to take the do-it-yourself route after the purchase.

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