Desktop PCs are affordable and powerful, but traditionally they’ve been hulking beasts. Thankfully, desktop towers have progressed in recent years. They’re smaller, more energy efficient, and less noisy on the whole — take this Inspiron 3000 from Dell for example. For just $559, you get a quad-core desktop with 16GB of RAM, and it’s small enough to tuck behind your monitor or under your desk.
On the inside, it features a fourth generation quad-core 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-4790 CPU, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600, 16GB of DDR3 RAM (1600MHz), a 2TB 7200RPM hard drive, a DVD burner, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi support. It also comes with a keyboard, a mouse, and an eight-in-one card reader. And with a total of eight USB ports, you can add as many peripherals as you need.
At this price, those internals are pretty superb. The CPU is plenty powerful, and there’s loads of RAM, but the lack of a dedicated graphics card is a bit of an issue if you want to play modern PC games. But if you’re willing to spend around 200 bucks on an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960, you’ll be able to play most releases with ease.
Even with all of that horsepower, this desktop is only 14.5 inches high, seven inches wide, and 17 inches deep. This tower gives you loads of flexibility, but won’t take up too much space on your desk. Truly, this is a perfect match for an office, and it even serves as a fine living room PC. Hook up your HDTV over HDMI, and this full-fledged PC will be the best media machine you’ve ever used.
By default, Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) comes installed on this machine, and a license for Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit) is included for free. But if you act before the end of July, you’ll be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) at no extra cost. And with superb features like Xbox One local game streaming, the Cortana personal assistant, and Microsoft’s Edge browser, this new OS is pretty tantalizing. I’ve been running it for months now, and it’s definitely the best version of Windows I’ve ever used.
Usually, this configuration retails for about $983, but Dell currently has it on sale for $829. Even better, using coupon code “559DELLDT” during your checkout process will save you an additional $270 — a whopping 43% total discount. On top of that, shipping is free as well, so your savings will be even greater.
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