Dell Dimension 3000 Home

The Dimension 3000's outdated technology and weak performance mean that Dell no longer holds the crown for best budget desktop.

CNET Reviews staff
It's six of one and a half-dozen of the other with the low-cost Dell Dimension 3000. This desktop is a well-supported budget system that offers a great degree of configurability, but when it comes to features and performance, the 3000 loses out to its budget competitor from eMachines. The Dimension 3000's main attraction is the fact that it's highly configurable via Dell's Web site, while retail systems such as the eMachines_T3256 ship as is. Our $636 Dimension 3000 test system came with a 2.66GHz Celeron processor, 512MB of RAM, and DVD-ROM and CD-RW drives. You can, of course, configure it with a faster processor, including Pentium 4 chips, more memory, and higher-end optical drives. Home users will find better value and more recent technology, however, from budget-leader eMachines if you can forego the ability to customize the machine prior to purchase.