updated 01:10 pm EDT, Tue June 30, 2009
Dell Inspiron 546 desktop
PC builder Dell has launched the Inspiron 546, a new desktop model. The system represents a lower-end option, with the base configuration including a 2.3GHz AMD Sempron processor, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and integrated ATI graphics for $269. The option includes no monitor by default, but lets buyers pick one of eight different colors for the case's front panel, at extra cost.
Three other stock configurations include varying sizes of monitor, as well as larger hard drives, more RAM and an upgrade to an Athlon or Phenom processor. A customized top-range system can include a 2.4GHz quad-core Phenom, 8GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. Monitor options at this level range in size from 20 to 24 inches. With maximized hardware and software, configurations can exceed $1,800.