Pros

  • Case mounts horizontally or vertically
  • Reasonable performance for the price

Cons

  • Limited internal expansion room

At A Glance

The inexpensive C521 is a solid performer; its compact design makes it a great fit for tight spaces.

Manufacturer’s Description

Make Room for Entertainment .Take back your desk with a PC that is 52% smaller than the E521 and all the AMD power you need.

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Manufacturer's Pricing

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number DDCWCA21
Inventory Number 25424
Processor
Processor type Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Processor speed 2000.0 MHz
Display
Display size 17.0 inches
Included monitor No
Monitor model number Dell E177FP
Display type LCD
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon X1300
Video Bus PCI Express
Video Memory Type DDR
Storage
Raid type none
Drive size 160.0 GB
Other storage Five-in-one media-card reader
Expansion slots
Open PCI Express X16 Slots 0.0
Number of PCI slots 1.0
Open PCI Express X1 Slots 1.0
Number of PCI-Express Slots 2.0
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x4)
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (front) (x2)
Ethernet Type Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)
Five-in-one media-card reader 1.0
Slots 2
Parallel Port No
Memory
Memory size 1024.0 MB
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD±R DL/DVD±RW
Included Drives 1
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
Case
Chassis style Tower (Mini)
External Drive Bays 2.0
Internal Drive Bays 1.0

Performance

Overall Rating
World Bench 5 Score 95.0
World Bench 5 Word Score Fair
Office Productivity
Mozilla 424.0
Microsoft Office XP 559.0
WinZip 411.0
Multitasking 513.0
Content Creation
Musicmatch Jukebox 531.0
Discreet 3ds Max DirectX 305.0
Roxio VideoWave 286.0
Adobe Photoshop 361.0
Discreet 3ds Max OpenGL 362.0
ACD Systems ACDSee 588.0
Ahead Nero 657.0
Windows Media Encoder 323.0
Adobe Premiere 411.0
Gaming
Overall Graphics Score Poor
Doom 3 with AA, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 13.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3 with AA, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 16.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 23.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 30.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry with AA, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 18.69   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry with AA, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 29.74   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 34.44   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 57.51   Frames per second (higher is better)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 48.13   Frames per second (higher is better)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 76.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein, 1024 by 768, 16-Bit 106.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 90.84   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 140.94   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament, 1024 by 768, 16-Bit 183.72   Frames per second (higher is better)