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Dell Inspiron 660

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August 14, 2012 1:59:10 PM

Can someone comment on this system. Canadian purchase
Would be used for basic computing, browsing and some photo editing, no gaming

these are the specs and price
Item Number Quantity Item Description


225-3483
1 Inspiron 660 Fast Track 0206 $503.59
313-6138
1 Inspiron 660 Chassis, MT, Black w/8:1 media card reader
318-2074
1 DVD+/-RW Tray Load Drive, 16X, SATA
319-0052
1 2nd gen Intel Core i3-2120 processor 3.3 GHz
319-0060
1 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1600MHz-1x4G+1X2G
320-7810
1 Dell USB Optical Mouse MS111
331-2594
1 Integrated 5.1
331-5795
1 Dell KB113 USB Wired Entry Keyboard
331-5886
1 Integrated Intel HD Graphics
331-7182
1 1TB Hard Drive, 3.5", 7200rpm, SATA
410-0547
1 Adobe Acrobat Reader
410-0577
1 McAfee 11, 24 Month, Fast Track
421-5693
1 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, English, No Media
421-7640
1 Dell SRV Software 1506
430-3628
1 Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
430-4719
1 Dell DW1506 (802.11 b/g/n) WLAN half mini-Card
410-0450
1 Microsoft Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word and Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
920-2900
1 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty 7X24 Technical Support, Initial Year
939-0173
1 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty, Initial Year
939-0763
1 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty Plus In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis, Initial Year
950-9797


Subtotal: $499.99
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
GST/HST Tax: $65.47
PST Tax: $0.00
Environmental Disposal Fee $3.60
Total Price w/Discounts: $569.06

I can put together something and have ncix build it as per following but it would be about $660 allin with tax and $50. build fee, but I wouldn't have all the bloatware.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/eBYh
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/eBYh/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/eBYh/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.25 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Computer Valley)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.03 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $532.23
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-14 09:55 EDT-0400)

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August 14, 2012 2:14:51 PM

your build is ok, but, I think we can do decent parts for less money.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.25 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($70.99 @ Computer Valley)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: OCZ Petrol 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 310 ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.88 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $522.86
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-14 10:11 EDT-0400)

I'm using a 256 GB SSD as the only drive ... should be plenty for a typical home user, and blazing fast access for everything he's doing.

You could swap in a 500 GB mechanical drive for about $70 less
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August 14, 2012 2:21:34 PM

Should be great for your uses: "basic computing, browsing and some photo editing, no gaming "

Fast single thread processor. So it will fell very fast browsing, etc.

Enough threads to burn thru photo editing.

Plenty of disk space. Good enough graphics for anything flash.

Aside: if you can build a system then consider a manufacture refurb. Google Dell Outlet, HP outlet, etc. You'll save $200 on a $500 system. The only thing you lose is the warranty goes to 30 or 90 days, so when it fails its up to you to debug and fix. ex: I got my mom this touchscreen: Gateway ZX4971 Celeron 2.40GHz 4GB 500GB DVDRW 21.5" Touchscreen $214 Order Shipped 7/25/2012 12:55:00 PM for $250 w/shipping. Is a G530 based system. You can pickup an i3 based system for less than $300.

aside2: consider a $15 copy of win8 upgrade with your PC. Not sure you'd ever use it, but win8 should be around for 3-5 years and the upgrade works for xp.

aside3: your build picked much higher quality parts than the Dell system. For example, good cheap H61 MB is $45 not $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Good PSU is $40 Antec vp-450, Keep the nice case, That drops your build to $450.. (without mouse, keyboard)
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August 14, 2012 5:35:34 PM

Thanks I have a lot of stuff currently close to 500gb as I have kept every movie I have ever downloaded, but putting an SSD on is certainly worth considering

ScrewySqrl said:
your build is ok, but, I think we can do decent parts for less money.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.25 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($70.99 @ Computer Valley)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: OCZ Petrol 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 310 ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.88 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $522.86
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-14 10:11 EDT-0400)

I'm using a 256 GB SSD as the only drive ... should be plenty for a typical home user, and blazing fast access for everything he's doing.

You could swap in a 500 GB mechanical drive for about $70 less

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August 14, 2012 5:40:30 PM

Thanks I would go for the win 8 deal.

Don't know anything about mobos so maybe an example of info on h61 would help me.

Is the mobo important if I want to add a GPU at some point? What is the cheapest that could handle a video card?

tsnor said:
Should be great for your uses: "basic computing, browsing and some photo editing, no gaming "

Fast single thread processor. So it will fell very fast browsing, etc.

Enough threads to burn thru photo editing.

Plenty of disk space. Good enough graphics for anything flash.

Aside: if you can build a system then consider a manufacture refurb. Google Dell Outlet, HP outlet, etc. You'll save $200 on a $500 system. The only thing you lose is the warranty goes to 30 or 90 days, so when it fails its up to you to debug and fix. ex: I got my mom this touchscreen: Gateway ZX4971 Celeron 2.40GHz 4GB 500GB DVDRW 21.5" Touchscreen $214 Order Shipped 7/25/2012 12:55:00 PM for $250 w/shipping. Is a G530 based system. You can pickup an i3 based system for less than $300.

aside2: consider a $15 copy of win8 upgrade with your PC. Not sure you'd ever use it, but win8 should be around for 3-5 years and the upgrade works for xp.

aside3: your build picked much higher quality parts than the Dell system. For example, good cheap H61 MB is $45 not $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Good PSU is $40 Antec vp-450, Keep the nice case, That drops your build to $450.. (without mouse, keyboard)
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August 14, 2012 8:52:32 PM

H61 is the bottom end motherboard for socket 1155. it'll take one video card just fine
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August 24, 2012 1:06:41 AM

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