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Deal of the day: Dell Dimension C521 for $499

Dell cuts $230 off its basic home system

We don't usually post a computer as a Deal of the day, since packages can vary so much. But if you choose the no-frills, no-extras, no-peripherals bundle from Dell, you can have an entirely decent home system for $499--down from the everyday price of $729. A 19" LCD monitor, keyboard, mouse and 56K PCI modem are included, and for more money you can add speakers, increase memory or bump up other capabilities.

Dell Dimension C521 CNET Reviews

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 3600+
Operating system: Windows Vista Home Premium
Monitor: 19" Samsung 920NW widescreen LCD monitor
Memory: 1GB dual channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz-2DIMMs
Hard drive: 160GB serial ATA hard drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
Optical drive: 16x DVD+/-RW drive
Video card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE integrated graphics GPU
Sound: Integrated 7.1 channel audio

What: Dell Dimension C521 basic home desktop computer system
How much: $499
Shipping: Free
When: Through unknown date
Click here for CNET's product review.