Should I buy this Dell Optiplex Computer?
Posted on 2011-03-11
I’d like some advice on a Dell Optiplex on sale now.
I buy computers for sale and I’m very tempted by this one. It’s an Optiplex with a bottom line price of $388 shipping. All the specs are below.
1. For another $18 I can get a “Up to 88 Percent Efficient PSU”. Is this worth another $18? The description says that it uses less power and also ‘dissipates less heat’. That doesn’t seem like a very good thing to me. I thought power supplies were supposed to dissipate heat.
2. For $3 extra I’m getting a chassis intrusion switch
3. For an extra $9 I'm getting Internal Optiplex Speakers.
I’ve never gotten any of these upgrades so I have no idea if they’re worth it. I think about laptops having internal speakers but not desktops.
I suppose the most important question is whether this is such a knock out deal that I can’t pass up on it – since at this point those are the only deals I’m taking. My customers are no nonsense computer users, mostly home or home office users. They’re not gamers and most are older if not elderly. I generally get Dell Vostros for them, since they seem to give the best bang for the buck. But I am sorely tempted by this offer with the three year warranty, 4GB of Ram (one dimm), and Windows 7 Professional. And of course it’s an Optiplex, which has a good reputation.
OptiPlex 380 MT OptiPlex 380 Minitower for Standard PSU
Operating System (s) FREE Upgrade Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, No Media, 32-bit,
Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor E5800 (3.2GHz,2M,800Hz FSB)
Memory 4GB DDR3 Non-ECC SDRAM,1333MHz, (1 DIMM)
Keyboard Dell USB Entry Keyboard
Monitors No Monitor
Video Cards Integrated Video, Intel® GMA 4500, VGA
Boot Hard Drives 320GB 7,200 RPM 3.5" SATA, 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive with NCQ and 16MB Cache
Mouse Dell MS111 USB Optical Mouse
Removable Media Storage Device 16X DVD+/-RW SATA, Roxio Creator™ CyberlinkPowerDVD™
Thermal Heat Sink for Intel Celeron Core 2 Duo Processors, Minitower
Speakers Internal Dell Business Audio Speaker
Power Supply Standard Power Supply
Regulatory Documentation Documentation, English, with 125V Power Cord
Productivity Software Microsoft Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word and Excel with ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
Energy Smart Options Dell Energy Smart Power Management Settings Enabled
Security Hardware Chassis intrusion switch option
Resource DVD No Resource DVD
Services & Warranty 3 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 3 Year NBD On-Site Service
Setup and Features Information Tech Sheet No Tech Sheet
Shipping Packaging Options Shipping Material for System, Minitower
Free 3-5 Day Shipping & Handling on select Dell Desktops!