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DELL Desktop PC i3847-2310BK Pentium G3240 (3.1GHz) 4GB DDR3 1TB HDD Windows 8.1 64-Bit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good workhorse PC. Does decent internet browsing including Google Earth. Other uses include word-processing and spreadsheets. Some scanning and copying - doesn't do much heavy lifting.

Cons: Can't seem to use expansion slots on this motherboard. See Dell forums for this model PC: Dell i3847 (early model). There maybe several generations of this particular model. I have tried various PCI-E x16 video cards and couldn't get any of them to work. Also had various issues trying to install PCI-E type x1 and x4 USB and/or network expansion cards. None of them would work properly or caused bootup problems.
Also, I had difficulty using an SSD drive up-to specifications or close to the SSD's specs using the on-board mobo. Performance was around SATA-2 performance vs. SATA-3. Regular spin drives didn't have too much problems.
I didn't try to expand the RAM eventhough the specifications allow 16gb's of ram.

Other Thoughts: If you like/want as-is - this PC works and works well. If you want even a little do-it-yourself upgrade(s) - stay away from this PC. See Dell Forums i3847 - reviews or problems.

Why? With over two decades of purchasing, recommending, & using Dells, I would not recommend this to any client. I have a Dell Dimension 3100 P4 3.4ghz w/ 2gb's of ram that runs windows 7-32bit w/ an ATI 5450 video card on and a SSD drive that runs as well as this PC that cost 1/3 of the price of this PC that does the same tasks.
Compared to the Dell Vostro Desktop series, this thing is sub-par. I re-iterate what I said above: buy if you want as-is and don't plan on ever doing any upgrades - ever. If you have "future" plans or even a hint of "wanting to do-it-yourself" knowledge, I wouldn't recommend this.

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Vantec EZ Swap 4 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Hot-swappable (just remember to configure your mobo to have ACHI and/or RAID).
LCD informative.
Adjustable fan speed.

Cons: The built-in fan is somewhat noisey although the speed is adjustable. Lowest settings is very reasonably quiet.

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OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works as advertised. Good price for the drive and performance. Just beware of Firmware updates and always backup prior to this.

Cons: Like most other OCZ drive, it's a tad thicker than some others brands out there like Crucial.
REMINDER: SSD drives has a limitted write life. Please be aware of this when you set your operating system up especially the Sleep and Hybernate modes.

Other Thoughts: This is my 6th OCZ drive and my 4th Agility 3 drive, but my 1st 240GB drive.

I have other reviews on pro's and con's to OCZ drives and it's pro and con's to operating systems and use.

The drive size is nice for my desktop as I can load a tad more programs.
AGAIN REMINDER: SSD drives has a limitted write life. Please be aware of this when you set your operating system up especially the Sleep and Hybernate modes.

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Display Name: Calvin L.

Date Joined: 05/16/11

  • Reviews: 22
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  • First Review: 05/24/11
  • Last Review: 03/09/15
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