Dell Dimension 3000

The Dimension 3000 is no longer produced by Dell. If you are interested in finding a low-cost desktop computer system, I recommend that you check out the Best Desktop PCs Under $400 list to see current systems available for purchase. While the Dimension 3000 that was reviewed did come with a monitor, most do not now. For a monitor, check out the Best 24-inch LCDs article for budget display options.

The Bottom Line

Dell's Dimension 3000 is an above average budget desktop system that is fully customizable and comes included with a 17-inch CRT monitor. It does lack some potential upgrade expansion which is a concern for anyone that might be interested in graphics work.


  • Includes 17-inch CRT Monitor
  • Faster PC3200 DDR


  • No AGP or PCI-Express Expansion Slot
  • Lacks FireWire Ports
  • CD Burning Software Extra


  • Intel Celeron D 330 (2.66GHz) Processor
  • 512MB PC3200 DDR Memory
  • 80GB 7,200rpm Hard Drive
  • 48x CD-RW Combo Optical Drive
  • AC'97 Audio with Dell A215 Stereo Speakers
  • Intel Extreme 2 Integrated Graphics with 64MB Shared Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem and 10/100 Ethernet
  • Six USB 2.0 Ports and Three PCI Slots
  • Dell E773c 17-inch CRT Monitor
  • Windows XP Home, Word Perfect Productivity Pack, MS Money 2004 and McAfee Security Center

Guide Review - Dell Dimension 3000

10/4/04 - It has been quite some time since Dell introduced its last budget desktop system but they have finally released the new Dimension 3000 to replace the aging Dimension 2400. Of course, with all of Dell's budget systems, the buyer has to pay attention to the special offers at the time as system specifications can change dramatically.

Powering the Dimension 3000 is the new Celeron D processors with the increased frontside bus speed. This gives a good increase in the performance of the CPU, but it still lacks behind the Pentium 4 line that offers better cache and clock speeds. Matched to this is 512MB of PC3200 DDR that runs at a PC2700 speed. This means that the memory has the potential to run faster if it were matched up with a better processor such as the Pentium 4. This means that the memory is not as fast as it could potentially be but if one wanted to upgrade the processor, it would not require replacing the memory as well.

Storage on the Dimension 3000 is standard for the budget segment. Hard drive space is handled by an 80GB hard drive that should provide sufficient storage for most users. Optical storage is handled by a 48x CD-RW burner. One odd thing to note is that Dell charges extra for the CD recording software suite which is unfortunate. It offers six USB 2.0 ports if you wish to expand the storage without having to open up the system and install internal hard drives. It does not feature any of the high-speed FireWire interfaces used by some storage and digital video cameras.

Graphics are definitely the weak spot for the Dimension 3000 as it is for most budget systems. It uses the Intel Extreme 2 integrated graphics which has very limited 3D capabilities. To make matters worse, the system lacks and AGP or PCI-Express slot for a graphics upgrade. This means that users hoping to purchase a low-cost system and upgrade it to be used for PC gaming will definitely want to look at a more expensive system either with a card or at least the expansion slot.

Overall, the Dimension 3000 is a decent system for those on a budget that gives users a bit of extra headroom for future processor upgrades. The specs, reviewed, of course, are just one of the potential configurations and Dell is more than willing to offer users the ability to switch out components such as the processor but this does add to the cost. With the limitation on the graphics system, though, it does have some major drawbacks that make this less than ideal for anyone that is even considering any tasks that could benefit from having a 3D graphics card.