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£293 Dell Vostro 270ST Desktop: Windows 8 Pro and a few other welcome goodies

Head over Dell if you are looking to grab an affordable desktop computer that is not only good looking but also offers some interesting features. The Vostro 270ST desktop PC comes with an Intel Core i3-3220 processor, one which is based on the Ivy Bridge architecture, packs 3MB L2 cache, two cores and is clocked at 3.3GHz (no turbo boost here).

Other features include 4GB of RAM, Wi-Fi (via a bundled DW1506 card), Intel HD Graphics 2500 GPU, a 500GB 7200RPM hard disk drive, a card reader, a DVD writer, Intel HD Graphics 4000 video unit, Windows 8 Pro, either two year basic warranty or a year ProSupport onsite warranty (both with next business day promise), a keyboard, a mouse, 12-months subscription to McAfee SecurityCenter and Cyber Link Power DVD.

Expansion capabilities include two PCI-e low profile slots, HDMI and VGA, six USB ports, a GbE connector.

The Vostro 270ST is part of Dell's entry level business desktop computer offering and costs a mere £292.80, a price that includes delivery and VAT. Note that you will not be able to change any of the hardware components as this is a ready-to-ship product.

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