Dell Dimensione521 Review

May 16, 2023
Justin Ankus


The Dimensione521 is an excellent budget PC for archiving and displaying digital media, featuring its 320GB hard drive, DVD burner and dual CD/DVD-RW optical drives - making it perfect for home media centers. Furthermore, its dual core AMD processor offers plenty of processing power while Windows Vista Home Premium's Media Center functions add multimedia functionality.

The 256MB ATI Radeon X1300 Pro graphics card provides sufficient performance for viewing photos, video and some older games. A 13-in-1 media card reader positioned directly beneath optical drives makes file transfers simple. Unfortunately this configuration lacks a TV tuner but there's space for one standard PCI or x1 PCI Express slot if one should become necessary in the future.

Dell's BTX case design puts the CPU at the front, close to air vents for cooling purposes and easy motherboard component access, upgrades or repairs. There is also plenty of expansion room with two 3.5-inch bays as well as numerous PCI slots.

This system comes equipped with DDR2 6400 800MHz Non-ECC DIMM memory modules preinstalled as standard factory RAM, while its motherboard supports up to 4GB. You may add up to an additional 2GB with compatible Dell Memory. Their lifetime warranty ensures you will never experience memory failure or degradation! 2011 Dell, Inc. All rights are reserved - Dell, e-Studio, Inspiron and PowerEdge are trademarks owned by the Dell Inc.

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