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Dell Dimension E520

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Dell Dimension E520
Dell Inc.

The Bottom Line

Dell's Dimension E520 is a decent overall system, especially with the 19" LCD monitor included in the package. The problem is the low end older Pentium D processor leaves it far behind even Dell's AMD alternative Dimension E521.
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  • Includes 19" LCD Monitor
  • Full Gigabyte of Memory


  • Older, Low End Pentium D Processor
  • Limited Software Package


  • Intel Pentium D 805 Dual Core Processor
  • 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
  • 160GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Burner
  • 19" Dell E196FP LCD Monitor
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7300LE Graphics Card with 256MB Turbo Cache
  • Intel HDA Audio
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • Seven USB 2.0 Ports
  • Windows XP MCE, MS Works 8

Guide Review - Dell Dimension E520

10/24/06 – Despite Dell's decision to also offer AMD based PCs they continue to sell primarily Intel processors. The Dimension E520 budget system is based around the older Pentium D 805 processor. This is a fairly low model that while it has a dual core consistently performs below the AMD Athlon 64 X2 and the new Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo models. At least they provide a full gigabyte of PC2-4200 DDR2 memory that should let it run multiple applications without much problem.

Storage is average for a budget oriented system. Dell provides a 160GB hard drive that should provide plenty of space for those programs and data. It could get small for those doing a lot of digital video work. They also provide a 16x DVD+/-RW burner for reading and recording audio, video and data CDs and DVDs.

Unlike most companies, Dell bundles together monitors with their budget class systems. The Dimension E520 comes with the 19” E196FP LCD screen. It is a good size that should work well for most consumers. In addition, the system comes with a GeForce 7300LE graphics card. While it states that it has 256MB of memory, it really only has 128MB and supplements this with 128MB of system RAM. This is a step up from the integrated graphics of most budget systems though.

In terms of the software, Dell doesn't provide much with the Dimension E520. Users pretty much get the operating system along with the Works 8 productivity suite, but security applications are separate.

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