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Dell Inspiron 580 vs Vostro 430 vs Optiplex 980

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Dell Inspiron 580 vs Vostro 430 vs Optiplex 980

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Hello.

I have spent significant amount of time trying to figure out the best desktop to buy. These models have almost identical configuration. However, I am really confused about separation into Home and Business sections. Therefore I have a few questions I hope someone could advice.

  1. Why these models are separated into Home / Business sections if they are almost identical?
  2. Are they almost identical, or is there a significant difference between them, such as a built quality for example?
  3. I noticed that PSU is 300W maximum, sometimes even 250W. Is that enough ?? Some models come with ATI Radeon or nVidia Cards, but when I go to Graphics card info (ATI Radeon HD 5450), it says that just the Graphics card needs more than 400W.
  4. Which model is the most quiet one?
  5. I see that Optiplex 980 comes by default only with Integrated Video Card? Can it be customized to setup a better Video Card?
  6. I see that Optiplex 980 doesnt have many reviews. Does it mean it is not the best for Home use?
  7. Inspiron 580 vs Vostro 430 - What IS the difference ???? Why 2 different models? :) Cant understand. Different built quality?
  8. And the last question - Mini Tower and Desktop form factor - If I am not going to put anythings else - IS there a difference besides the the smaller size. Is there a negative side to the smaller size? The real important difference?

I understand that these are quite general questions, but I need to filter my selection somehow.

The real problem is that I cant see the desktop and I cant even touch it with my hands, that why I need opinion from people that have already bought it.

Thanks a lot.

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  • There is a "What Do I Buy" section, more appropriate for most of your questions.  Click Me.

    Keep in mind we are users helping users with problems on here, not Dell Employees.  There are some Dell forum moderators around but bascially that's all. 

     

    I am not a Dell Employee

    Dell forum member since 2002

    Dell Inspiron 15 - 5577 Laptop

    Home Built Desktop PC with ASUS Z170, i7 6700K CPU

    Windows 10 64 bit Pro and Windows 10 Insider Program Beta Versions. SSD drives.  Studio One 3 Recordng Studio Software.

    Dell SE2717HR 27" Monitor

     

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  • Thanks fireberd, I have read that section.

    But my questions still remain.

    I am looking for a personal comparison of these 3 models...

    Usually, I get a few models and try to choose the "best one" for me by eliminating the others.

    So, which one should I eliminate, and......... the questions? :)

    Thanks.

  • You would need someone from Dell, that knows, to tell you want the real difference in the product lines are. 

     

    I am not a Dell Employee

    Dell forum member since 2002

    Dell Inspiron 15 - 5577 Laptop

    Home Built Desktop PC with ASUS Z170, i7 6700K CPU

    Windows 10 64 bit Pro and Windows 10 Insider Program Beta Versions. SSD drives.  Studio One 3 Recordng Studio Software.

    Dell SE2717HR 27" Monitor

     

    Member of Nashville based R.O.P.E.

  • I'd like to hear what other people can say.

    I want to hear independent opinion.

    Thanks.

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  • We have a corporate account with Dell and i use / buy most models either for the office or for home and friends, in general use this table as a rule of thumb:

    Optiplex - for business - better more robust but usually has a basic "onboard" video, sound card, can be upgraded to better PCI / PCIe ones though

    Vostro - Cheaper for home - Not as robust as Optiplex but usually has higher spec parts with LESS "onboard"

    Inspiron - Better Quality for home - Usually has High spec quality stuff in it

    Studio - Better Quality for Home - Similar to Inspiron, perhaps slightly nicer design

    As a matter of interest ( I only Buy Dell) i have the following:

    Work - 120 Optiplex Pc's, 10 Poweredge servers, 140 TFT Screens etc

    Home - 2 Dell Vostro 430 MT, 1 studio 1700 Laptop, 1 10" Netbook, 1 dell X50 and an Apple ipad

     

    My suggestion would be get the Vostro 430 to the spec you want

    Hope this helps 

    Trevor

  • Dell Inspiron 580 Desktop Computer (Intel Pentium Dual Core G6950 ...

    The 580 is your basic Found at Best Buy or Microcenter Computer.

    On Any of these Models I ALWAYS recommend the Mini Tower.

    Never Get the SFF or USFF.      Vostro and the 580 seem Identical to me.

    Mini Towers can use bigger standard power supplies.

    The Major Difference in the 980 is the Case is A LOT bigger and for better power supply and

    video card this would make sense.  Personally I would Recommend the Optiplex but you will pay more for

    it as they are the Sherman Tank of Computers and last quite a long time.

     

    Video Card   
    Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD

    Intel® H57 Express

    Modem    No Modem Option
    Optical Drive    16X DVD+/-RW Drive

    Sound Card    Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

    300 Watt Power Supply

     

    Vostro 430 Mini Tower Details | Dell


    Up to 4GB2 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333Mhz - 2 DIMMS

    Chipset

     

    Intel® H57 Express

    Video Card
    NVIDIA GT220 GeForce®
    NVIDIA GTS240 GeForce®
    NVIDIA G310 GeForce®
    10/100/1000 Ethernet
    Dell 1525 Wireless WLAN 11n PCIe Card - Optional


    OptiPlex 980 Desktop Details | Dell

    Optiplex 980 at Dell™

    Intel®  Q57 Express Chipset

    Intel®  CoreTM  i7 Processor 870 /2.93GHz, 8M, VT-x, VT-d, TXT (vProTM )
    Intel®  CoreTM  i7 Processor 860 /2.80GHz, 8M, VT-x, VT-d, TXT (vProTM )
     
    Intel®  CoreTM  i5 Processor 750/ 2.66GHz, Turbo Boost, 8M, VT-x
    Intel®  CoreTM  i5 Processor 670/ 3.46GHz, HT, Turbo Boost, 4M, VT-x, VT-d, TXT (vProTM )
    Intel®  CoreTM  i5 Processor 660/ 3.33GHz, HT, Turbo Boost, 4M, VT-x, VT-d, TXT (vProTM )
    Intel®  CoreTM  i5 Processor 650/ 3.20GHz, HT, Turbo Boost, 4M, VT-x, VT-d, TXT (vProTM )
     
    Intel®  CoreTM  i3 Processor 540/ 3.06GHz, HT, 4M
    Intel®  CoreTM  i3 Processor 530/ 2.93GHz, HT, 4M
     
    Intel®  Pentium Processor G6950/ 2.80GHz, 3M
     
    *Processors qualified on the OptiPlex 980 are listed above.

    Integrated Intel®  Graphics Media Accelerator HD

    256MB ATI®  RADEON®  HD 3450 (dual DVI or dual VGA options)*
    512MB NVIDIA NVS420 (SFF only, quad DP or quad DVI options)*
    256MB NVIDIA GeForce 9300 (dual DVI or dual VGA options), 512MB ATI RADEON HD 4550* (DP/ DVI)
    1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT330* (MT only, DP/DVI)

    MT
    10 USB 2.0 ports, 4 front, 6 rear (+ 2 internal flex bay); 1 Parallel; 1 Serial; 1 RJ-45; 1 VGA; 1 Display Port;
    1 eSATA; 2 Line-in (stereo/microphone); 2 Line-out (headphone/speaker)


     

     


     

     

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  • I just ran across your post and since I'm comparing the Vostro and Optiplex too, wondered what you unded up choosing.

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