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Dell Inspiron 545, 546, 545s: Choose your own adventure

Dell debuts a flexible range of desktop tower PCs: the 545 and 546, and slim 545s. They come in a rainbow of colours, with customisable options up the wazoo

Dell has announced the Inspiron 545 and 546 mini-tower desktop computers, and the 545s slim tower desktop. There's the usual host of refinements on offer for you to customise your machine to be perfect for your needs, moving Dell's brand from the 'built-for-me' model, into 'made-for-me' -- whatever the heck that means.

There's a whole host of customisable options, starting with the processor. Choose from a smorgasbord of chips such as Intel's Celeron, Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad options, or AMD's Sempron, Athlon X2 and Phenom X4. Graphics options can also be tweaked, with integrated Intel or ATI Radeon graphics on basic systems.

Higher-specced models will boast up to 8GB memory, with the slim 545s packing up to 750GB storage and mini towers hitting 1TB.

Other bits and bobs to drive the price up include an optional 19-in-1 media card reader, an HDMI socket and six USB ports with two at the front. The mini-tower offers dual optical options, including Blu-ray platter-spinning.

As if that wasn't enough, you can also choose the colour of your 545 or 545s. The palette includes piano black, pure white, true blue, formula red, tangerine orange, spring green, plum purple and flamingo pink.

The 545, 546 and 545s are out today in China. They'll land in the UK and Europe this spring, starting at a respectable £279 for the no-frills model.