Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK Desktop Review

Today we’ll be taking a look at another prebuilt system in this Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK Desktop review.

Dell’s Inspiron series of computers are a versatile and configurable option for those who are looking for an out-of-the box solution with no hassle.

 

Overview: Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK PC

Dell’s Inspiron 3847 series of desktop PCs comes with a range of different specifications, ranging from the 4th generation i3 through to i7 series Intel processor, 8  to 16 GB RAM, and 1 to 2 TB hard drive, depending on the specific model you opt for. This review covers the i3847-6934BK, which is has an Intel i5 processor, 12GB RAM and 2TB hard drive (model number i3847-6934BK).

We also compared this prebuilt desktop to another popular prebuilt PC in the same price range – the ASUS M32CD, as well as our $500 gaming build (just for good measure).

Pros

  • Comes preloaded with Windows 10
  • 2TB storage
  • 12GB RAM
  • Good peripheral support, including an 8-in-1 card reader, 8xUSB ports, HDMI, VGA
  • In-built wireless card and bluetooth
  • 1 year limited hardware warranty

Cons

  • ‘Older’ Haswell Intel processor
  • No dedicated graphics card
  • Smaller PSU requires upgrade if you want to install dedicated graphics

Performance

As usual, the first thing we wanted to look at is how this PC’s hardware performs. When it comes to value for money, it is a well-rounded package.

The processor in this computer has good performance, being a quad-core Intel i5-4460. This is a little bit of an older process, released in May 2014, but it has a good benchmark score according to CPU Bench. The clock speed is 3.2GHz with turbo up to 3.4Ghz.

We compared the processor in the Dell Inspiron i3847 to the ASUS M32CD, and it slightly outperforms the ASUS machine. However, it should be noted that the i5-4460 is the previous generation Haswell processor. The M32CD uses the latest generation Skylake architecture, which we think is more advantageous in this case.

Processor comparison Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK vs ASUS M32CD
Comparing the Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK processor to the ASUS M32CD and our $500 Gaming Build. Source: CPU Benchmark

Like most prebuilt general-purpose PCs, the Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK doesn’t have any dedicated graphics card, instead making use of the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 that come with the processor. It should be able to handle low end gaming and run videos/media quite smoothly.

We like that this particular model of the Dell Inspiron comes with 12GB of DDR3 RAM (for reference, the ASUS M32CD only comes with 8GB). For the average user, this is more than enough to suit even heavy multitasking use.

You also get a very decent amount of storage in the 2TB 7200rpm hard drive.

A read/write CD and DVD optical drive, onboard wireless, and bluetooth serve to round off the rest of this package quite nicely.

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Usage

This computer package easily caters for the everyday user and with it’s i5 processor and 12GB of RAM, it can handle multitasking with minimal lag or stuttering. It’s also a nice compact size due to the minitower desktop form factor.

For those who are looking for a computer for general use including tasks like using office applications, watching videos, internet browsing, videochat/skype and even higher end software packages such as photoshop and AutoCAD, this version of the Dell Inspiron will serve you quite well.

Gaming Performance

This is not really a gaming computer, but straight out of the box it will be able to handle less demanding games fairly easily and will even run some steam games (though don’t expect to run too smoothly on maximum settings given its lack of a dedicated graphics card).

If you’re looking for a computer which will handle more demanding games well, you’d be better off with something like our $500 Gaming PC Build, or even the ASUS M32CD which can be upgraded with a video card.

There is limited information on the OEM motherboard used in the Dell Inspiron available slots, but there is at least one PCIe x16 slot to accept a graphics card, should you wish to install one.

Here’s how the onboard graphics stack up, when we looked at the benchmark scores. We’ve compared it to our $500 gaming build and the ASUS M32CD for reference.

Graphics cards Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK vs $500 gaming build
Comparing the onboard graphics on the Dell i3847-6934BK to the ASUS M32CD onboard graphics and our $500 Gaming Build graphics card selection. Source: Videocard Benchmark

Screens/Video

You can run a dual screen setup on this computer via the single VGA and single HDMI output ports.

If you want to run any more than two displays this may be possible via a USB/display port adapter option, as the onboard graphics specification states that the integrated graphics processor can apparently support up to 3 displays.

Upgrading the Inspiron i3847-6934BK

Dell have created the Inspiron as an expandable PC, so you’ll find spare space for adding additional drives (there is 1 spare bay for an additional optical disc drive,  and  another spare bay available for a second SATA hard drive or SSD).

The Inspiron i3847 is actually a good candidate for upgrading if you want to try and turn this one into a gaming PC, you can by adding in a decent graphics card.

We have had advice that if you want to upgrade the graphics in this computer, the video card can be up to 9.5″ maximum in size.

If you do have many future upgrades planned you’ll probably want to check out the motherboard slots available – we’ve not been able to get official specifications on the motherboard internals, but some sources indicate that there is only one full size PCIe x16 port, so it may be difficult to run multiple cards.

Graphics Cards For the Dell Inspiron i3874 Desktop Computer

A common upgrade for this computer is to add a dedicated graphics card, which will turn it into a fairly decent gaming machine.

Just be aware that the power supply in this desktop is a little on the small side (300W), so depending on your choice of graphics card, you may also need to upgrade the power supply.

 

The GTX 750 Ti is one of the more powerful cards which can fit into the i3874 without needing to upgrade the power supply.

Some examples of other graphics cards that will fit include the following (but not limited to):

    • GeForce GT 730 (can use with existing PSU)

    • GTX 750Ti (most powerful card which will fit with the existing PSU’s capabilities)

    • GTX 950 (may be able to get away with using the existing PSU, but would recommend upgrading it for optimal performance)

    • GTX 970  (will need to upgrade the PSU) – this card should just fit at 9.5″ length, but be sure to measure the available space inside the case first to be sure, as it’s pretty close.
    • AMD Radeon R9 380

This isn’t an all-inclusive list as other graphics cards will fit in the case physically – as long as the card is less than 9.5″.

The video below shows how to install a new graphics card and power supply in the Dell Inspiron, but you can also refer to the owner’s manual which has a pretty good set of instructions on the PC’s internals and how to install/remove hardware components.

Power Supplies for the Dell Inspiron i3847

If you are planning on upgrading to one of the higher-end graphics cards, you’ll need to upgrade your power supply. Below are a few options which can work.

If you’re going to go with a GTX950 or GTX960, the EVGA 500W W1 is a good choice– Check it out on Amazon here. You may be able to even get away with the more demanding GTX970 on this power supply as well, but it would be right on the edge of the power supply’s limits.

For cards like the nVidia like the GTX970, GTX980 or GTX980Ti, then we suggest you opt for an even larger power supply such as the ThermalTake 650w – See it here on Amazon.

If you need more ideas on budget gaming PCs, don’t forget to check out our gaming PC builds section.

Dell Inspiron i3847-6934BK Specifications

Model Number:

i3847-6934BK

Operating System:

Windows 10 Home

CPU:

4th Generation Haswell Intel QuadCore i5-4460 Processor, 3.2GHz up to 3.4GHz turbo, LGA1150

 

Graphics:

On-board graphics adapter model: Intel HD Integrated Graphics 4600

On-board graphics adapter outputs supported: DisplayPort (DP), Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), VGA, HDMI

On-board graphics adapter base frequency: 350 MHz

Can handle a max output of 4096 x 2304 pixels @24Hz (HDMI), or 1920 x 1200 pixels @60Hz (VGA) resolution

Motherboard:

Like most prebuilt machines, this desktop looks like it has an OEM motherboard, which means limited information on the particular model number.

Intel® H81 PCH chipset

Minitower Desktop form factor

Motherboard Slots/Connectors:

Micro Card Reader 8:1
Integrated 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
2 DIMM Slots

Two PCIe x1 slots

One PCIe x16 slot

3 SATA connectors

Ports:

Front
2 x  USB 2.0

Rear
4  x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI
1 x VGA
1 x  RJ-45 LAN port  (10/100/1000 Ethernet)

Cooling:

One case fan

Memory:

12GB, 1600MHz, DDR3

Maximum supported memory: 16 GB (requires separate RAM upgrade)

Storage:

2TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive

Power Supply:

300 Watts

Wireless:

Bluetooth 4.0 via 1705 WLAN card

Dell Wireless-N 1705 802.11bgn + Bluetooth 4.0, 2.4 GHz, 1×1

Optical Drive:

Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)

Dimensions/Weight:

Height: 14.5″ (368mm)

Width: 7″ (177.8mm)

Depth:  17″  (431.8mm)

Weight: 17.5lbs (7.93kg)

All specification details above were taken from here (Dell website)

You can find a copy of the 3847 owner’s manual here.

Summary

Dell’s Inspiron i3847-6934BK desktop computer is a very well-rounded mid-range computer which offers excellent performance for the everyday user, and even can be a good option for gamers (with a few tweaks if you plan on playing more demanding games). Specification wise, overall it is quite similar to the popular ASUS M32CD desktop. While this particular Inspiron package offers more RAM and hard drive storage than the M32CD, its processor is an older generation, so all else being equal we would opt for the latest Skylake architecture processor found in the M32CD.

The lack of a dedicated graphics card is a flaw but only really for those who plan on doing demanding gaming or video processing/editing.

The PC is able to be upgraded quite easily, with spare space for a graphics card, additional storage drive and optical drive. With the preloaded Windows 10 and easy setup, this is a good deal if you can get it on sale.

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