- Intel Pentium Dual Core E5800 3.2GHz
- 4GB DDR3
- 250GB 7200RPM HDD
- Intel GMA 4500
- 16X DVD+/-RW DVD-ROM Drive
- Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
Specs on the one I customized:[LIST][*]FREE Upgrade Genuine Windows(R) 7 Professional, No Media, 64-bit, English[*]OptiPlex 380 Desktop for Standard PSU[*]Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual Core Processor E5800 (3.2GHz,2M,800Hz FSB)[*]Microsoft Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word and Excel with ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook[*]3 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 3 Year NBD On-Site Service[*]4GB DDR3 Non-ECC SDRAM,1333MHz, (1 DIMM)[*]250GB 7,200 RPM 3.5" SATA, 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive with NCQ and 8MB Cache[*]Integrated Video, Intel(R) GMA 4500, VGA[*]16X DVD+/-RW SATA, Roxio Creator(TM) CyberlinkPowerDVD(TM), No Media[*]No Speaker, OptiPlex[*]No Mouse Selected[*]No Keyboard Selected[
Deal still alive as of 5:30pm PST 3/15 as per multiple pots if you call and tell them their site still shows free 4gb and win 7 pro
Base price has been reduced by $12.00 since the original post and the free upgrade options of Windows 7 64-bit and 4gb RAM have been added by default.
I see lots of questions about XP mode. Pick whatever win 7 pro is cheaper from dell because XP mode is a separate FREE download from MS for win 7 pro and ultimate. Here's the link:
Inexpensive upgrades to consider:
$10 to upgrade DVD ROM reader to DVD burner.
$0 for tech sheet. At somepoint in the future, you are going to need to know something about the computer if you ever do an upgrade. This sheet might help and its free.
This appears to be what the tech sheet is: http://support.dell.co
$5 for USB optical mouse (unless you have one lying around the house, $5 for a mouse is less than you'll pay at local stores).
$7 for USB keyboard. (unless you have one lying around the house, $7 for a keyboard is less than you'll pay at local stores, although ebay is probably a bit cheaper).
$8 for 320 gb hdd 16 meg cache (upgrade from 250gb and 8 meg cache). Note that if you are planning to get a larger hdd, save the money for a 2TB drive since they are down to around $50 or $60 SD price and $8 for an extra 70 gb isn't that cheap.
$20 for the 80+ certified power supply. Well worth the money; will realize savings within a few months. [incorrect. This likely runs at less than 100 watts all told. If power is $0.25 per kilowatt hour would probably cost $20 to run it 24/7 for a month. The 80+ is likely to save about 10% on that, so if you run it 24/7 you'd see it paid back in about a year. More likely it will run a few hours a day and take 5 years to pay that extra back].
Do NOT waste money on upgrading from dell:
Wireless networking (seriously dell, $90 for wireless? You can buy $20 wireless USB for far less, and about the same for internal cards if you don't want USB). SD front page price is under $10, or if you need the wireless now, newegg has USB for $15 and internal for $30. See this post for links: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=
Recovery CD for DVD player and drivers. That $3 option is NOT for recovery CD of the whole computer from what the description says. One is a recovery CD for the cyberlink DVD player software, and the other is a driver CD. The drivers can be downloaded from dell if needed. The computer should have a built in method to burn recovery DVDs, do that when you get the computer.
Speakers. Better stuff for less money from newegg, or buy something better than dell sells. Get $10 speakers off of ebay if you don't care about quality.
Monitor. Better stuff for less money available on SD, watch front page.
Printer. Cheapest printer upgrade from dell on the customization page is $150!! You can buy printers at $50 AR or less from B&M sales often.
Windows 7 Ultimate (you get exactly 2 features over win 7 pro, one is extra languages, and the other is bitlocker. Are you really gonna trust encryption to MS?). Here's official version differences from MS:
If getting a bigger hdd, Partition Wizard can be used to clone the hdd to the new one, its free:
Adding a hard drive
This option only applies to the mini-tower which has 2 internal 3.5" drive bays. The desktop and SFF cases only have 1 internal 3.5" bay (use USB hdds if needed).
You need a 24" SATA cable with 1 right angle connection at the end to route the cable properly in the clips. Dell part number is M8865 Something like this:
ebay is cheaper than newegg though: http://shop.ebay.com/?_nkw=dell+m886
You need a dell H7283 drive tray (since dell was unkind and didn't include it). They are about $8 on ebay
Adding graphics card:
The power supply doesn't include any extra power connectors for the graphics card and would probably be overloaded anyway from a card that needed extra plugs, so if the graphics card requires a PCI-Express power plug, it won't work.
It looks like the pci-express specification only allows up to 75 watts through the pci-express interface:
The 255w PSU in my mini-tower has a 16A 12v rail.
Info on how to find the TDP of a graphics card, and math and info about the wattage used by the computer:
Short answer, any graphics cards that don't need extra power plugs probably will work since they should have TDP under 75 watts and the system has something near 100 watts to spare on the PSU. Long answer is linked in the post in the previous line about how to find the TDP of a graphics card.
Remember, you will need a half height graphics card unless you ordered the mini-tower, or buy a riser.
Here's all the cards on newegg that say they include the half height bracket already:
More detail tech guide http://www.dell.com/downloads/glo...-guide.pdf
This deal is for the desktop case which includes two PCI slots that need a PCI riser installed to be full height. It includes one PCI-express x16 slot that needs a riser to be full height.
The Mini-tower doesn't need the risers, its two full height PCI slots and one full height PCI-express slot.
The Small form factor case has only one low profile PCI slot and a low profile PCI-express slot.
Case can be customized to desktop, small form factor ($24 more), small tower ($14 more) at this link :