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Dell OptiPlex 520 GX

Dell OptiPlex 520 GX
alaScore 85

325 reviews

Oct, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 325 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability. The value for money also gets good feedback. Views are divided on the reliability.

value for money, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell OptiPlex 520 GX is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Dell OptiPlex 520 GX


alaTest has collected and analysed 89 user reviews of Dell OptiPlex 520 GX from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktop Computers on

value for money, reliability

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: CHEAP DELL OPTIPLEX PC COMPUTER 500GB HDD 3GB RAM 19" SCREEN WINDOWS 7DELL OPTIPLEX GX520 POWERFUL PENTIUM HT 2.8, 2 GB DDR2, 250 GB SATA HDD, 256 MB GRAPHIC, DVD , Keyboard & Mouse, Internet Ready, Windows XPDell Optiplex GX520 - Intel Pentium 4 HT (Hyper Threading) 2.8 GHz - 512MB Ram - 40GB Hard Drive - DVDROM - WINDOWS XP PRO SP3 GENUINE PRE-INSTALLED -

Consumer review by: review summary for Dell OptiPlex 520 GX


alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 user reviews of Dell OptiPlex 520 GX from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell GX620 SFF Desktop Computer, Powerful Intel 2.8GHz LGA 775 Dual Core CPU, Super Fast 2GB Interlaced DDR2 Memory, Crystal Clear Video Featuring ATIDell Optiplex GX520 Intel Pentium 4 2800 MHz 80GigGenuine DELL 220w Power Supply PSU For the Optiplex GX520 and GX620 Small Form Factor Systems (SFF) Dimension 5100c Systems Part Numbers: YD358, R8038

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Produce Arived Dead


Product arrives with bad hard drive, bad CMOS battery, and the unit continually overheated and shut down. However, it you have time to wait you can email Joy Systems and they will take care of the problem. Do not bother calling, send them an email and...


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This is a very good computer. All the features work. It has a DVD drive and floppy drive. Good for real work. It does not talk back and stop. Great price! I have three of them now and no problems at all.

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just right


great machine for simple needsexactly what we were looking forgreat transaction as well.

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Trouble getting started


I think I'm going to like this machine when I finally get the keyboard to work! So far it doesn't recognize the keyboard so I'm stuck. Also, the mouse they provided has the wrong connection so it doesn't work either.

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A Good Deal


The Desktop or stand up was a plug up and go. A real Deal for the price.A little bit slower than I like,I would buy another one. And tell a friend to buy one also.It also takes a small space if you stand it up. I like my desk top with just the monitor...

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Review On Com-Tek_Chris Post


I will not put Win 7 or 4GB RAM on this system because this might crash or make my network run slow. Or I can loose critical data or man hours due to the workstation crashes or running slow. It will be a great cheap workstation with Windows XP Pro...

The the information that NewEgg Business is giving for specs on this re-certified workstation states the max RAM memory is 2GB. 1GB per slot

In Com-Tek_Chris post he is saying that you can put 4GB of RAM in this re-certified workstation. You can run Win 7 on this workstation. But as Com-Tek_Chris stated the system will run slow

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Works like a charm


Was looking for a fast unit using XP Pro. This unit started right up and works fine. It is a bit short of slots and not as nearly quick as I'd wanted but is an excellent workhorse. I'd buy another.

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Watch out for the CD Drive


Three eggs because of the bad information about the system, and having to get the drives shipped separately.

Good stable PC. Worked out of the box no problem. Came with instructions for booting the PC for the first time and contact information for warranty service from the refurbishing company

Does not have DVD RW as stated here. Both systems I ordered only had standard CD ROM drives. A quick call to the warranty service at the refurbishing company and one email and they are sending me the drives

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Decent Work PC


If you want to use this PC for windows 7 Professional it will work. You must upgrade the ram to 2-4gig and if you want any speed add a SSD. My GX520 Specs: Pentium D 2.8GHz 4gig DDR2 Memory 120gig SSD Corsair Windows 7 Professional ASUS Dual Layer...

Great PC for Windows XP Professional SP3. Our office has been using these for the last 5 years with the same specs

Slow. After having these on for a while they do slow. Down. The power Supply is a Dell proprietary so it has to be replaced by an exact model/make. Heat, it's a Pentium D so not a whole lot more I can say there. No PCI-Express. If you want upgrade or...

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Great computer for the money


I use the product to check email and surf the web. Also do some photo editing. It does get moderate use. I also use same model at work (in acid environment in a lab) and they are still kicking after 3 years. So I went for this as a replacement (old...

Compact size,Easy set up,Restore cd

Wish it had a dvdrw

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control:No / Unknown
TV Card:No / Unknown
Video Editing Card:No / Unknown
Web Cam: No


Bluetooth:No / Unknown
TV Output:No / Unknown
Wireless LAN:No / Unknown


Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable
Media Centre Edition:No / Unknown
Type:Desktop / Tower


Brand of Graphic Chip:Not Applicable / Unknown
GPU Model (Graphic Card):k.A. / Not Applicable
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU


Chipset Brand:Intel / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Processor:Celeron D / Pentium 4 / Pentium D
Processor Brand:Intel
Processor Number:331 / 521 / 531 / 630 / 640 / 650 / 820 / 930