Dell Desktop Computers

Written by Sarah Provost
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Laptop computers are the stars of the tech world, sexy and sleek. Desktop computers are the workhorses. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, desktops are the way to go. Dell is one of the leading manufacturers of desktop computers.

The Dell Dimension Series

Dell's Dimension Series runs from the 2400, which retails for about $400-$450, to the Dimension XPS Gen 4, which retails for $1,600 to $2,000. This is the base price for each model, and includes the CPU, a 17-inch monitor and the Windows XP operating system. The 2400 has a Celeron processor at 2.40GHz, while the XPS offers a Pentium 4 processor with 3.40GHz, 800 FSB, and 1MB L2 cache.

In the middle of the range is the Dimension 4700C, with a space-saving tower CPU that is little more than half the size of a standard unit. Four of the six Dimension models come with Pentium 4 processors, and of course all of them come with a very wide range of available upgrades and options. Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide which desktop computer is the best choice for your needs.

If you want a high-speed processor, the Pentium 4 is faster than the Celeron. The two lower-priced models, the 2400 and the 3000, do not allow for digital imaging, digital video editing or advanced multimedia applications. They are also not the best choice for high-end gaming. If you want to use your desktop primarily for productivity functions and word processing, the 2400 or the 3000 will meet your basic needs. If you want enough memory for multitasking or want to use your computer for video or audio storage and playback, or if you will be using Powerpoint applications, one of the Pentium 4 processors is highly recommended.

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