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£320 Dell Inspiron 660 MT: A PC with a conservative design that hides a powerful beast

One of Dell’s more popular retailers on eBay, XSOnly, sells the Dell Inspiron 660MT mid-sized desktop computer for a rather impressive £320 including delivery, 12 months warranty and 320 Nectar points.

The computer runs on a Sandy Bridge-based Bridge-based Intel Core i3-2120 dual core processor clocked at 3.3GHz and with 3MB L3 cache, 4GB of RAM, a 1TB 7200RPM hard disk drive, a card reader, an Nvidia GT620 graphics card with 1GB of RAM, a Dell DW1506 Wi-Fi card, 15-months McAfee Security Center plus a keyboard and a mouse.

The components are housed in a full-size tower that has two free external 5.25in bays. Note that it doesn’t come with any monitors.

The Dell Inspiron 660MT is an example of how far desktops have evolved and incidentally also show that there’s not much room for improvement, at least when it comes to this form factor. Traditional desktops are still based around a “fat-client” paradigm that ignores the technological shifts from the past decade or so.

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