Dell like all large scale manufacturers make machines within a certain spec., by the 100's of thousands- So they can tightly specify what goes into the device and consquently commission special components/layouts for maximum efficiecy with minimum cost for that spec. It will no surprise then to find that such machines are limited in the amount of modifications that can be applied - built like washing machines - Who upgrades washing machines?
I have a Dell 4300, and I have upgraded it with another HDD and DVD RW with no problems.I fact Dell even supplied a book with the machine (Solutions Guide) which gave excellent instructions on how to do it and there were even spare racks to use to fit both the HDD and DVD RW. I don't know if it is the same with this model but you could always ask.
Regarding Dell upgrade, How many spare slots are there available for upgrading ? A lot of these "bargain" machines are full-up before you start, plus the power supply is a bit low powered. Just dont overload the thing. If you just want to do some word processing and send a few EMails, why not ! At that price - - - -
As rawprawn, I have a 4300 and I have practically rebuilt the pc since 2001.
New Ultrasharp 18" flat panel, added new 120GB Maxtor HDD, added new DVD recorder,new pci firewire port and 4xusb pci card, new cordless keyboard & mouse and updated the ram to 1Gb sdram which was 128Mb, onboard sound and graphx NOT touched.
Altered the pc so much so that if I had to reinstall XP from the factory supply disc, I would have to reactivate it from $M/S
All seems to work in harmony with each other, touch wood!
Probably worth the price then. All she wants is something for the web and some essay writing - she is not the type to get into anything else but I would like it to have a DVD drive. It may be worth the few pounds extra for their own DVDRom/CDRW combo.
Don't know if this will help or someone will be able to suggest something to help me. I am currently trying to fit another DVD R/RW drive into a Dell Dimension 5000.As BurrWalnut correctly says, the drives fit into a plastic skeleton/latch system. Instead of the normal screws you use to fit drives into a bay, you need shouldered screws which the latches use to lock the drive into place. After a month and half, the best I have got from Dell is that I need to buy a complete caddy for about £30.