Desktops are no more the computers that sell very well; nowadays everything is about mobile devices. But there are good reasons to pick a desktop over laptop any day, for example if you’re looking better performance for the same price. And it’s indeed powerful components that Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK houses: i5 processor, 12GB system memory and an enormous 2000GB hard drive. Read on to see what we think about this beefy yet affordable desktop…
It’s a 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4460 processor that’s for most part responsible for running the Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK. The processor in question was released over a year ago, although it still reaches a decent 6600 points in CPU Mark. The chip has four cores with a clock speed of 3.2GHz that gets slightly better, 3.4GHz, with the turbo boost. I can’t think of any application or software that wouldn’t run on this computer, it’s indeed a safe choice for somebody looking a powerful workhorse.
The memory amount in this desktop is 12GB (DDR3 1600MHz type). There are two DIMM sockets on the motherboard and they’re taken by 4GB and 8GB sticks. Doing a simple calculation you can see the maximum RAM is sixteen gigabytes, but I’d advice against going for 16GB from 12GB. The difference would be minimal, even non-existent dare I say.
Hard drive would be the best part of this machine. It offers a huge 2048GB storage – double from what you often see in these desktops. For storing a lot of multimedia or huge projects in office it’s sweet. The 7200RPM HDD won’t of course be as fast a solid-state drive, so if you’re looking for excellent start up and software loading times, you should go for an SSD. Inside, there’s an extra 3.5″ bay, so installing a solid-state drive to that would be quite convenient with an adapter.
Does it run games?
It’s not gaming that the Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK was made for. This is evident in the graphics engine choice, it’s just Intel HD 4600 chip integrated to the processor. You won’t enjoy both smooth frame rates and high settings with many titles, including GTA 5 that would give ~25 frames per second played on 1366×768 and low/medium details. That said, lighter titles would be different, for example Counter-Strike: Go wouldn’t have any problems running on constant +30FPS with 1920×1080 and settings high.
In total, Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK includes eight USB ports. Six of them are located in the back panel, of which two are USB 3.0. Another four in the back are USB 2.0 and there are also two USB 2.0 ports in the front panel. Furthermore, HDMI-out and VGA ports are available, thus a dual monitor setup is supported here.
Connecting to your router or modem should be a walk in the park, the desktop comes with a 1000Mbps RJ-45 port and 802.11n WiFi card with Bluetooth 4.0 enabled.
DVD burner is of course included (and there’s another, unused 5.25″ slot too). Also SD/MS/MMC/xD card reader is installed in the front, behind the black panels.
Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK comes with a cheap USB keyboard and mouse. There’s no monitor, so that you must get separately.
Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).
Power supply wattage is 300W. There should be one free PCI-e x16 slot on the mainboard which you can use for a graphics card.
Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK is a general use desktop that most people would be happy with. It has a powerful CPU/RAM/HDD trio good for home, office or student use, although there’s one thing this computer doesn’t excel in: gaming. There’s just an integrated graphics card, so don’t think that any desktop is a real gaming rig. This one is not, and if you’re a devout player, look for something else. But if you mostly care about non-gaming (yet perhaps resource-intensive) activities, this kind of Dell should be all you need.