Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop

I used to be a big fan of dell but after bad experiences my customers have had with there support I no longer recommend any Dell products. I have had at least five customers buy Dell Computers this year and have there hard drive go out in the first couple of months and two of them were SSD drives. If your looking for computer tips, I would say stay away from Dell and stay away from Windows 10 still.

What is the Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop? Think of gaming PCs and the Dell Inspiron brand probably isn’t the first to spring to mind. Associated more with standard desktops, Dell is expanding its Inspiron range to include entry-level gaming systems for people who don’t want to pay the high prices for an Alienware system. With a choice of AMD Ryzen processors, a neatly designed case, and a choice of mid-level graphics cards, the Inspiron Gaming Desktop is certainly far more interesting than its name might suggest. I was sent the top-of-the range model for testing, kitted out with a Ryzen 7 1700X. In truth, a lower-spec model is a bit better value, but it’s interesting nonetheless to see what the top-spec model is capable of. Related: Best desktop PC Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop – Design and build Call a machine a gaming desktop, and you need a design to match. Keeping the Inspiron’s target audience in mind, the Gaming Desktop is built into a case that offers a slight edge without going over the top. It’s set at a jaunty angle, with the front sloping up and away. I like the way that the front grille swoops up the front and wraps around the side of the case. Blue lights shine out through the grille and illuminate the inside, although you can turn them off – but not change colour – using the bundled Dell Light Bar Controller software. The case’s metallic finish gives this PC a fun look without it being in-your-face. Dell has made the PC practical, too, with a front panel that’s home to two USB 3.1 Gen 1 and one USB-C ports, plus an additional two USB 2.0 ports and an SD card slot. A 3.5mm headset jack is useful too. The Dell also has a built-in slimline DVD drive. The company could have opted for a full-size optical drive in the spare 5.25-inch bay, but that would have spoiled the overall look of the PC somewhat. Around the back you’ll find everything else you’d expect: four USB 3.1 Gen 1 and two USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and five 3.5mm audio outputs. And, if you have an ancient keyboard and mouse that you desperately want to use with this PC, there are two PS/2 ports as well. These ports hint at the Inspiron’s slightly more budget origins. Take the side off to expose the interior, and the plain metal chassis within looks fairly basic. As with any mass-produced system, cable management has been attempted but it’s fairly hideous nonetheless; it’s best to pretend the innards don’t exist unless you really need to get in and add your own components. As I reviewed the top-of-the-range AMD Ryzen 7 1700X version, my Inspiron Gaming Desktop review sample shipped with liquid cooling, with heat exhausted out of the rear of the system. Cheaper models get regular air cooling, which will doubtless be louder if previous Dell systems are anything to go by. There’s a spare 3.5-inch drive bay for those who want to add more mechanical storage outside of the 1TB hard disk. Better still, with one free M.2 slot, you can add fast additional storage to complement the existing SATA-speed 256GB M.2 SSD. The graphics card – a 6GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 – is supported at the rear by a plastic mount fitted into a metal cage. There’s a spare PCI E x16 slot, although since the GTX 1060 doesn’t support SLI, you’re unlikely to need it unless you fancy adding some extra outputs or inputs, such as a sound card or extra ports. […]

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