Are you here because you need a decent general use desktop? I can’t help but say Dell Inspiron i3847-4617BK looks pretty good. Most programs you throw at it will be no problem for its i5 processor and 8GB memory. In addition, the 1TB hard drive is ready to house all your gargantuan files like images and videos. Windows 8.1 is the operating system, but upgrading that to a newer version will be convenient, and best of all free. Yet the desktop isn’t entirely without flaws, what those blunders are I’ll tell you below…
You shouldn’t need to worry about software lagging with Dell Inspiron i3847-4617BK. Its processor is the Intel Core i5-4460, a Haswell-based quad-core unit with 3.2GHz clock speed and up to 3.4GHz turbo frequency. It gets a very decent ~6600 grade in the CPU Mark test, whereas the little brother Core i3-4160 gets ~5000 points. So yes, there’s a noticeable difference between i5s and i3s, and if you even think you have some heavier programs you’re about to use, my recommendation is to pick such a system with i5 processor.
The desktop is equipped with 8GB gigabytes DDR3 memory. There are two DIMM sockets inside and both are occupied by 4GB sticks. So, the most RAM this Dell can take is 16GB, achievable with two 8GB sticks. It might not make too much sense to upgrade, I’m pretty much certain you would be good with 8GB, no matter what programs and applications you’re about to use.
For storage, this Dell desktop offers a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive. It’s connected to a SATA 3 interface. The case has space for another 3.5″ drive, so you can even install an SSD with a mounting adapter. As far as I know, mSATA interfaces are not available on the motherboard.
Gaming is the only thing that’s not excellent idea with Dell Inspiron i3847-4617BK. The graphics card is nothing but an integrated Intel HD 4600. Games like Minecraft and League of Legends will pose no challenge for that card, but it would be a bit tougher to play very fancy games. As a real life example, GTA 5 runs at ~30FPS on medium settings and 1280×720 resolution. Battlefield 4 would also give similar frame rates.
Dell Inspiron i3847-4617BK features eight USB ports in total, distribution being this: two USB 2.0 in front, two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 in the back. The back panel also houses VGA and HDMI-out ports, you’ll be able to connect up to two monitors simultaneously.
There’s a tray-load DVD burner for reading and writing from/to discs. Also, a free 5.25″ bay is available inside so you can add secondary optical drive (like BluRay) there. Another means of transferring data is the built-in media card reader, it support SD, MS, MMC and xD type cards.
Networking interfaces include 802.11n-type Wireless + Bluetooth 4.0 card and 1000Mbps RJ-45 LAN port.
Any other noteworthy things?
The motherboard has one PCI-e x16 slot, meaning you can add a dedicated graphics card. A low profile unit is a good idea, otherwise it could get too tight inside. The 300W PSU might need an upgrade too if your card is very power hungry. The PSU should be a standard one, so replacing it doesn’t require tinkering.
As usually, USB keyboard and mouse are included but monitor is not.
I can’t say Dell Inspiron i3847-4617BK is a new computer – it was released in 2014 – but it’s certainly a popular desktop. It’s been one of the best selling models recently, I’ve been thinking about the reason for that. The conclusion is: it has a great price-performance ratio. The Dell is a well-priced computer yet there are Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM powering the system, components like that should put a smile on power user’s face for sure. Gaming does not belong to the repertoire of this Dell (unless you put in a graphics card yourself, that is). So it’s a poor option for players, but as long as you’re fine with that limitation, this compact Dell should only surprise you in a good way.