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Bruce Gust
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I've got a solid little MacBook Pro, but even after eliminating some files and streamlining things, I'm constantly getting the message that says I'm running out of space. Mind you, I am running Parallels so it's not just Documents, Files and Photos.

Bottom line: I'm looking at supplementing my toolbox with a Desktop. I've grown very spoiled at my current employer's office with a great little Dell and two monitors.

Rather than getting a Mac and continuing the scenario where I've got access to both operating systems, I thought that just duplicating what I've got a the office would be both effective and far more economical.

This is what I'm looking at. The memory, the processor and the storage look more than adequate, but I wanted some other eyes on this and get some additional input.

What do you think?

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Éric MoreauSenior .Net Consultant
Top Expert 2016
the hard drive is a very slow low-end 5400rpm. if you are ready to wait, it will be fine!
Daniel PineaultPresident / Owner CARDA Consultants Inc.
Distinguished Expert 2018
It's out of stock.

I don't see any mention of ports (I may be blind), but having the ability to connect external drives for backups ... and other resources and peripherals is critical.  Definitely something I'd want to validate.
Scott McDaniel (EE MVE )Infotrakker Software
Most Valuable Expert 2012
Top Expert 2014

Given that you want to duplicate your office experience, and you're using dual monitors there: I'm not at all sure you could run two monitors off this machine. I don't see anywhere in the specs that state it supports multiple monitors, but I may have overlooked that.

Also, if I were buying a new system I don't think I consider any machine that did not include an SSD boot drive. I've got them on all my machines and I've become spoiled <g>.

As above stated, you can get this one indeed, but add the price of a 1TB (or if budget contraint, 500GB) SSD, and an extra HDMI monitor (assuming this will also be 24"?). This version has HDMI out for a second monitor). If the final price is still within your budget, go for it.

I'm not a fan of All in One PCs.  Too much breakable stuff in one box.  And too few options when it comes to upgrades.   This PC probably has a slower rpm hard drive, because All in ones also have heat management issues.   Its alo a Dell Inspiron modal, which is their consumer grade line.  You should take a look at the optplex and vostro lines, which are business class.  

My first stop, when shopping for a good deal on a desktop is  The Dell outlet (select for business).  see:  https://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineSales/Online/InventorySearch.aspx?brandId=2802&c=us&cs=28&l=en&s=dfb&dgc=IR&cid=260177&lid=4677450
Are YOU INSANE? In these times 4GB is a medium set of tabs open in your browser. That means, you will have Word freak out, or whatever else you're doing besides browsing.
The processor is a quad core i5, which should have no trouble with standard office apps.  
8gb is the minimum memory I suggest, but you can always add more, there should be 2 open memory slots.
1tb drive is 7200 rpm and its 6 gbps.  

All in all a decent PC for office apps.
Top Expert 2013
i would - nowadays - nevr buy any system running on a HDD
i would Always select one with an SSD -  or NVMe drive for the OS - best a 512 GB drive
here a selection  of such things , around 600 -800 $  https://www.amazon.com/512gb-ssd-Towers-Desktops/s?k=512gb+ssd&rh=n%3A13896597011

for the second drive -  install that yourself :
1 TB HDD https://www.amazon.com/1tb-hdd/s?k=1tb+hdd
2 TB HDD  https://www.amazon.com/s?k=2tb+hdd&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
3 TB HDD  https://www.amazon.com/s?k=3tb+hdd&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
Bruce GustPHP Developer


This is a little off the beaten path based on what we've discussed, but I can get this for $300.00. What do you think:


i3 could be a bit on the slow side. Are you sure it's 300 bucks though? It's listed close to 2000
You'd still have to add in the SSD to replace the HDD though. And a second 24" screen (as there's still HDMI out here)

I'm not a fam of All in One PCs.  They tend to have heat issues and limited possibilities for upgrades, if needed.  Not mention, you have a lot of breakable components in one box.  What happens if the monitor goes bad?  or the motherboard?  It would be a lot more money to fix or replace than a regular desktop.
Top Expert 2013

if you want a system under 500$  - screw your expectations back also
Bruce GustPHP Developer


I got it done, guys! Thanks!
Top Expert 2013

well - it would be nice if you told us what pc you ended up with