The specifications on this particular desktop PC are minimal to say the least. With up to 4GB of ram you are looking at the minimum for most PCs on the market. The graphics card options are not that great. All of the possible cards are at least 4 years old. They aren't bad cards but if you are looking for something to handle more high end graphics then I would consider upgrading the graphics card. The processor options are both dual core which is sometimes better than a quad core PC but it depends on the speed of the processors. However, these are Intel processors so I wouldn't be surprised if they were actually fast. For the price, you can't really beat it. It is a decent PC for the average user and nothing more. If you are looking for a gaming rig or something to handle your video/image editing I would suggest choosing another PC. For an everyday PC user this is the computer for you.
This desktop was purchased from Dell back in 2008. Dell's XPS range is suited to the consumer that wants a desktop that can do everything at a very good level. Multitask, play games, HD video and many more features. The computer came with windows Vista at the time but there was also an option to install windows xp if the consumer wanted it.
The desktops performance is good and performs tasks as well as you would expect with a computer with generally high performance. The supplied 257mb graphics card is optimal for playing PC games at their lowest settings and the quad core processor is very capable for running games at a good frame rate. 4gb of ram is the maximum amount that a 32 bit operating system can run... the only use for all of this ram at once is video editing and rendering... which does it at a fairly well level but can take a lot of time to process.
The in built TV tuner (optional) enables you to record freeview TV programmes onto the computer and it does it at a very good level. The 750GB hard drive is more than enough space to store many files, movies, music, etc...
I have upgraded to Windows 7 in the past year or so and the performance of the machine has improved a fair amount compared to vista, which is very good indeed. I would recommend the more modern specification / configuration of the xps range of desktop by Dell to any consumer who wants a multimedia pc capable of being a great all around machine that does all tasks well.
I bought a Dell XPS 420 over two years ago, and I have to say I have been very pleased with it overall. After all of this time it is still working like new, and still has the performance to rival many newer computers. The Dell XPS 420 comes with the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, which I personally have never had any problems with and have found to be a quick and efficient operating system. The PC itself has the power to play most of the PC games released in the last few years, however the very latest games may have to be played on a low to medium graphics setting. For this reason I am considering purchasing a new graphics card, however this would not be necessary unless a owner wanted to play the latest PC games on the highest specifications. I have also found Dells customers service to be exemplary, having replaced a broken CD/DVD drive only a couple days after I called them. As it was still under warranty the repair was free, and I was even allowed to keep the broken drive, in case I wanted to get that fixed enabling me to have two drives! The only problem that I have had is that it can be a bit slow to start up.
Overall I have been very happy with this purchase, and believe it is still a capable and good value machine even two years after its purchase, well done Dell. I have seen some good deals on second hand machines, making it a great bargain.
I bought this desktop PC a year ago from the Dell website and I am very impressed with the spec and value for money. It came with a Nvidia 3d card, 2GB ram and a 160GB hard drive. I have been able to play intensive games such as Crysis on it with the settings up quite high.
This machine looks slick, with black finish and blue lighting, very handsome piece of kit.
Dell have also been good with their customer service, when my 3D card stopped working a courier collected it and a replacement was sent to me within a few days.
I have had no further problems and for the £520 I paid for this machine I am very happy, and would definitely look at Dell in the future if I required a new PC.
I would say that if you purchase through Dell, look online for any deals or voucher codes as they saved me a fair bit on the cost, as well as giving me free delivery.
Firstly, I use computers for multimedia and gaming, I'm currently at university studying Music Technology and I can honestly say I don't have a reason to use their systems when I have this one.
I opted for the 4GB of ram, 700GB Hard drive, ATI HD3870. It runs like a dream (on Vista and Windows 7), running all my high demanding software (such as Cubase) effectively.
Some may complain about the price, however, for a lot more power then a mac of the same price (my spec cost me £1,090), it's really good value for money for something that just works. It's worth noting that I bought this system after I built my own which was riddled with problems such as noise and overheating...
- Works straight out of the box
- Great support from Dell (feels like they appreciate your custom)
- Gaming, high demanding software, multitasking all work great
- Could be cheaper...
I bought the Dell XPS 420 in March, it was advertised a the PC of the MAC world, a superb machine for gaming, graphics and multi-media. I opted to upgrade the basic to 2Gb of Ram and 500Gb hard drive. The machine supposedly has a quadcore processer which means you can operate lots of high demand applications...I have found this computer to be utter rubbish! I would advise anyone thinking of buying this machine to steer clear.
The process speed is rubbish, not at all what I'd envisaged or required, since March I've had two sets of replacement speakers and 2 different monitors, I am aware that these are add-ons however as far as I'm concerned I was buying a package.
The quad-core processer really isn't worth it's salt, I'm not sure if this is because the computer comes with Vista Operating System in-built...incidentally it may be useful to note that you cannot change the operating system to XP or even dual boot; a huge disappointment as this is what I had intended to to do.
I have always been one to build my own computers in the past. Generally speaking, a few years ago, you could build your own fast computer, on a budget. However, as electronic prices have trickled down, I was tempted by this, offered on the Dell site for just under £600.
Although delivery was quite slow, 10 days or so, the computer itself is very easy to set up and works very quickly. I use multiple high-demand applications on it and it copes without fault. Unfortunately (for some), Windows XP is not currently offered and you must take Windows Vista fresh from Dell.
However, this isn't so much an "off the shelf" computer, and the buyer can select various options / extras on the website prior to buying.
The pre-installed application selection isn't great, no Microsoft Office Basic, for example, but if you looking for performance computing on a budget, this is almost perfect.
Of the few relatively minor downsides to this computer, the case is quite small, which may limit your ability to expand and install new graphics / sound adapters as they continue to evolve and increase in size.