Dell Desktop Deal - Vostro 270 $599 Delivered. Advice, suggestions on how it stacks up? :-)

Hi Guys,

I figure your computing knowhow is far beyond mine and I'm trying to assist my dad to find a nice performing desktop for general use. Does general internet use, burning, downloading but nothing out of the ordinary.

Looking to get best value for money and he wanted some opinions on how this Dell deal stacks up which is only valid today?

Any advise or links to other options greatly appreciated.

In Victoria, so options are for delivery or pickup depending on the deal.

Is $599 delivered, $400 off.

  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3470 Processor (3.20GHz, 6MB, 4C)
  • Operating System: Windows® 7 Professional SP1 64 bit (English)
  • Monitor: Dell™ E2313H 23" Widescreen Monitor with LED backlights (VGA, DVI-D with HDCP)
  • Memory2: 4GB (1X4GB) Single Channel DDR3 1600MHz SDRAM Memory
  • Hard Drive: 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive with Native Command Queuing
  • Video Card: Intel® HD Graphics 2000 / 2500 (depending on processor selected)
  • Security Software: McAfee Security Center 12 month subscription
  • Warranty: 1 Yr Next Business Day Onsite Service
  • Optical Drive: 16X DVD+/-RW drive
  • Form Factor: Standard Tower

Thanks :-)


  • if your dad is only doing basic browsing and rhis would definitely be enough

    I bought this recently and its fast enough for basic uses

  • It is definately enough, but for that type of use you will really notice the difference an SSD makes, more so that the CPU in this. You can always add an SSD later though.

  • +1 for SSDs

  • Windows 8 works a lot better than Windows 7, and will probably be even better over time. If he misses the Start menu (like I do) there are add-on options available. Also, get an SSD to boot from. For the kind of usage you describe, you could scrimp on the processor to afford the SSD.

    You can usually get better value from a local white box suppplier than Dell. But Dell's in-home 3 year warranty is hard to beat - so if you decide on Dell, take advantage of it.

  • throw in a GTX 660ti or ATI 7850 and you can happily game on this and while an ssd is great for boot times, it makes little difference for in game play

    • Just as well there was no mention of playing games on ti then?

      Also I find long load times in games very frustrating.

    • . Does general internet use, burning, downloading but nothing out of the ordinary.

  • Single channel RAM is rubbish for that price, I'd build a better G1610 system for quite a bit less with no bloatware. Plus, some Dell's are a nightmare to upgrade with non standard parts. Or, you can add $70-ish for a build fee at MSY:

    • G1610

    • 8GB RAM kit

    • Any B75 board

    • 128GB SSD

    • 500GB/1TB dump drive for files

    • CX or Neo Eco for the PSU

    • Pick a case with USB 3 internal on the front panel

    • Win 8 for a $100, faster all round then 7.


    • Single channel RAM is rubbish for that price

      Makes next to no difference.

      I'd build a better G1610 system

      Better than an i5? What are you on about?

      • Think - better case, better PSU, and an SSD. The OP doesn't need a quad in the first place and a self built system would be better balanced and cheaper.

      • It is a desktop for general use. The longevity of the desktop is not going to be a issue. He probably won't make any major upgrades to it in the next 4-5 years anyway.

        If he were a gamer, then sure, mobo, GPU, CPU and PSU upgrades would need to be performed on a 2-3 year cycle and in this circumstance I would say it's better to get a whitebox computer.

        However most mum-and-dad type of users will use a desktop as it is until it becomes fully obsolete, without making any major upgrades. They will just buy another desktop when it reaches end of life.