Dell Inspiron 660 Desktop PC

The discontinued Inspiron 660 is short on upgrade possibilities

Dell Inspirion 660
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Dell's Inspiron computer line has had many entries since its launch in the mid-1990s. In 2012, the Inspiron 660 was the company's affordable desktop entry. Dell discontinued the Inspiron 660 desktop PC, but you can still occasionally find one for sale online.  

The current Inspiron Desktop models are affordable, yet powerful desktop computers. Dell also offers the Inspiron 24 line of all-in-one desktop computers.

Dell Inspiron 660 Desktop Specifications

Aug 21, 2012 – For those looking for a solid performing budget desktop that doesn't require graphics performance, the Dell Inspiron 660 offers a good mix of features. The Intel Core i3 processor may be from the second generation, but it still outperforms those based around the AMD processors. While Dell's last desktop lacked USB ports, the company now offers twice as many as the competition making external expansion easy. With wireless networking and a decent software bundle, the system is easy to set up and functional from the get-go. This is not the system for anyone who requires any sort of graphics performance. The integrated graphics have limited capabilities, and there isn't much room for upgrades.

Pros

  • Wireless networking
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • Useful bundled software

Cons

  • Poor integrated graphics not suitable for 3D
  • Limited internal expansion

Description

  • Intel core i3-2120 dual-core desktop processor
  • 6GB PC3-12800 DDR3 memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA hard drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW dual layer burner
  • Intel HD Graphics 2000 integrated graphics
  • Intel HDA 7.1 audio support
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
  • Four USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 19-in-1 card reader
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, McAfee Security Center, Photoshop/Premiere Elements

    Dell Inspiron 660 Review

    Aug 21, 2012 – Dell's Inspiron 660 is the company's latest Intel-based desktop that takes the previous Inspiron 620 and updated it with a few new features. For a budget-minded system priced under $500, the company packed the system with the Sandy Bridge-based Intel Core i3-2120 dual core processor. In terms of performance, there is little difference as the new processors are mainly about efficiency scaling and new integrated graphics. Combining the processor with 6GB of DDR3 memory provides it with a solid level of performance that is a good deal better than most of the systems in this price range based on the AMD processors.

    Storage features on the budget version of the Dell ​Inspiron 660 are typical of most desktops in the $500 price range. The desktop features a one terabyte hard drive that provides a good amount of space for applications, data and media files. The drive spins at the traditional 7200 rpm spin rate, which gives it solid performance and is certainly a step up from those that use green class drives with slower or variable spin rates. If you need to add more space, you'll appreciate the four USB 3.0 ports for use with high-speed external storage.

    This is double the number of the new ports in much of the competition. A dual layer DVD burner is included for playback or recording of CD and DVD media. There is also a card reader for use with the most popular flash media formats.

    Graphics is one area where the Dell Inspiron 660 suffers the most. Much of this has to do with the Sandy Bridge Core i3 processor that is bundled with the system and that uses the lower end Intel HD Graphics 2000. This is by far the lowest performing of the HD Graphics lineup when it comes to 3D graphics. It can't even be used for 3D gaming at the lowest resolution and detail levels.

    This puts it at a big disadvantage to the newer HD Graphics 4000 for the Ivy Bridge processors and just about every one of the AMD APUs with their Radeon HD graphics. The one saving grace is that it supports accelerated video transcoding capabilities with compatible Quick Sync applications. A PCI Express graphics slot is available for upgrading the graphics card, but this upgrade path is limited to the 300-watt power supply typical of most budget systems. Only the most basic of budget video cards are supported.

    Many budget systems tend to come with a fair amount of preinstalled software. The majority of these programs tend to be of the trial-ware variety such as the inclusion of security or antivirus software that features just a single month of use. Dell has stepped up and actually provided some useful software with the Inspiron 660. This includes a full 15-month subscription to the McAfee Security Center for security as well as the Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements programs for photo and video editing.