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This is a reasonable machine for those on a budget, and will generally run most common applications as well as some of the more intensive graphics applications - which is good from a graphic designer's point of view. Highly recommended for students as well.
Dual core processors are pretty much standard on all new PC's now, although I would suggest looking at something in the range of 2GHz + for the speed to ensure smooth running of (near) future applications. Also the hard drive space is also significant - 250GB, although sounds reasonable, goes so quickly with numerous downloads from high speed internet and large applications - would recommend looking into the option of 500GB HDD for this one, as that way it can still be used as a file store even when other components out of date.
Design - nothing special here, quite typical Dell styling - neat and clean, but not particularly eye catching!
Finally, high intensity programs such as professional design apps and games, this PC will simply not cope! Personally I would not recommend Dell for this as, having used a number of different models, come no where close to a custom built PC for the same price.