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The Dell Inspiron 531 is one of several models of mainstream consumer PCs in Dell's streamlined product lineup.

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Pros

Great price to performance ratio

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Sleek new case design

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Extremely quiet operation

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Many upgrades available including WiFi

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Cons

Only comes with Vista - no XP or Linux option

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High-end upgrades limited to XPS line

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No longer available - only Intel-based 530 sold by Dell

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The Dell Inspiron 531 is one of several models of mainstream consumer PCs in Dell's streamlined product lineup. The Inspiron line replaces the older Dimension lineup, with few models. The 531 is the AMD-based, mini-tower model in the lineup, with the 530 representing it's Intel counterpart. For each of these models, there are respective slimline versions with the 531s and 530s. The middle of the road configuration for this desktop PC includes an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 5000+ and runs about $650 with the inclusion of a 19" LCD monitor.

Standard configuration
  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 5000+ (2.6 GHz, dual-core)
  • Memory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs
  • Hard drive:320GB SATA @ 7200RPM w/ DataBurst Cache
  • Mainboard: ??? (please provide info)
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE Integrated Graphics GPU
  • O/S: Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Monitor: 19 inch SE198WFP Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor
  • Price: $650 /w free shipping
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There are many configurations of this desktop ranging from an AMD 4000+ to a 6000+ CPU with many RAM, hard drive, video card, and monitor upgrades. The Inspiron 531 is only available with your choice of Vista operating system pre-installed, with the Inspiron 530 still available in Windows XP options. The Dell Inspiron 531 received CNET's Editor's choice in June 2007. Start customizing your system and dell.com.

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Erik
02/28/2008 08:36

Annoying. Dell dropped the AMD-based Inspiron 531 in favor of the more expensive 530 Intel-based systems. Probably still a good buy, but I liked having that choice..not to mention the $avings.

Special K
11/21/2007 06:15

I just ordered this computer and i agree the main gripe is the mandatory Vista. I hope i don't make those Mac commercials come true and revert back to my trusty XP!! However, I am very pumped to get this rockin' comp. Much better than my current Commodore 64 I hope! Haha.

Erik
11/20/2007 07:07

My brother just order one these last night from dell.ca on my recommendation. It looks like a very good deal, and is much cheaper than if you were to build the computer from components. I think the AMD version hits the sweet spot of price and performance. He got the upgraded 20" Dell monitor with 2 ms response time. My only gripe is the mandatory inclusion of Vista.

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