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Dell Dimension C521

Dell Dimension C521
alaScore 84

296 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 296 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the reliability and design. The size and usability are also appreciated.

value for money, usability, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Dimension C521 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Dell Dimension C521 Desktop


Last year, Dell, in a rather surprising announcement and much to the delight of AMD fans indicated that it would be using AMD processors as part of their budget desktop ranges. This was a real shot in the arm for both AMD and the end-user market as it...

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Dell Dimension C521


The Dell Dimension C521 sacrifices some expansion room to keep its case skinnier than a typical midsize tower PC. Even so, the $729 (as of November 6, 2006) C521 is a good choice if you seek a space-conscious, low-cost system that retains some...

Case mounts horizontally or vertically ; Reasonable performance for the price

Limited internal expansion room

The inexpensive C521 is a solid performer; its compact design makes it a great fit for tight spaces.

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Dell Dimension C521


Apple made news earlier this year by switching entirely to an Intel-based platform. Now Dell is making news by (finally) adding AMD processors to its stable of multimedia-oriented PCs. The Round Rock, Texas-based company's first AMD effort, the Dell...

Compact form factor. AMD processor. Humongous 320GB hard drive. Desktop components. Single TV tuner. Good USB multimedia keyboard/mouse combo. Quiet, thanks to BTX design and slow-turning fans

Compact form factor necessitates half-height cards. Slower than Intel Core 2 Duo systems. TV tuner isn't HDTV/ATSC-compatible. Ugly external IR receiver for MCE remote. Short, 90-day security subscription

An AMD processor in a Dell? Who'd have thunk it? Compact and versatile with a decent bang for the buck, the Dell Dimension C521 is a good first AMD effort from Dell.


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Dell Dimension C521


While this svelte PC offers few expansion options, it comes with extra memory and a large monitor.

Slim case; 2GB RAM; 20-inch wide-screen LCD

Smallish hard drive; one-year warranty; not much room for expansion

Double your display real estate by adding a second monitor. It's a snap: Here's how

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Dell Review


Dell offers a variety of budget desktop PCs, we looked at the Dell Dimension C521, which starts out at less than $400 and includes nVidia and AMD Sempron technologies

If you are looking for a basic system and already have a good monitor, this Dell may be a good choice for you. With this computer you can surf the Internet, check you email, post to your blog and pay bills easily. It would also be perfect for student use.

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"Piece of junk!"


I have owned this pc for almost three years. ... 

Nothing at all

Everything under the sun

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"Sd card slot?"


My cousin has this Sd card that I am using bu... 

I have it and it works fine

Where is the SD slot card in this desktop?It should have aslot to put anykind of mouse

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"Perfect for use as a POS system/general use computer"


Also couldn't get quite enough RAM into it fo... 

The slim profile made it ideal for use behind a cash wrap, set up horiziontally just over the cash drawer. I bought two originally, and both computers performed flawlessly for over two years without a single hardware failure

I was limited in my upgrade options, and the PCI express port was set on a far end, the wrong side for a dual-bay graphics card with an extra fan bay. It should have been set up in the middle, with a spot on either end

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"Totally waste of money, don't think about even if free."


Nothing works fine, mother board died with in... 

Didn't find one

Doesn't work, runs very slow. Not worth for the money. Mother board dies

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"Not To Shabby"


Stick with xp professional and upgrade the mo... 

This Pc is Ok in its stock form.. Ive maxed out mine its one hell of a machine. Upgrades are always good ;] Maxed the ram... Upgraded Video Card added a 250 gig external HD and this is a great PC. Great for a starter or a family PC

Came with Vista... This hardly ran vista... Vista is crap anyways

Product Specifications

Dimension C521- Slim PC -AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core 3600+ Memory 512MB Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 1DIMM Keyboard and Mouse Bundles Dell USB Keyboard Monitor 19" E197FP Flat Panel Display Video Card NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE Integrated Graphics GPU Hard Drive 80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst CacheTM Floppy Drive and Additional Storage Devices No Floppy Drive Included Operating System Genuine Windows VistaTM Home Basic Mouse Dell USB 2-button mouse Network Interface Integrated 10/100 Ethernet Modem No modem requested for Dell Dimension - will provide upon request Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0 CD or DVD Drive 16X DVD-ROM Drive Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio