When two computers have such a similar specifications, the final buying decision comes down to the extras you get in the form of external connections and internal upgradability. In addition to the two USB 2.0 ports on the front, the back of the Dell has four more USB ports, a set of 7.1 audio jacks, Ethernet, and a 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi card installed in one of the two 1x PCI Express slots. The system also has an HDMI port if you decide to use it with an HDTV; however, we don't recommend using a midtower PC in the living room as it's an inelegant solution.
The p6510y gives you more connections than the Dell does, including eight total USB ports (two on the front, six around back), 7.1 audio jacks, S/PDIF digital audio, Ethernet, FireWire 400, and both DVI and VGA video ports. Additionally, the inside of the HP gives you two more total memory slots and two more 1x PCI Express slots than the Dell, with plenty of room to increase storage with another hard drive.
|Dell Inspiron i570-7034PBK||Average watts per hour|
|Raw (annual kWh)||221.70684|
|Energy Star compliant||No|
|Annual power consumption cost||$25.16|
Neither the Dell nor the HP is close to earning Energy Star certification, and we'd like to see both companies make a stronger push to conserve power since both the p6510y and the Inspiron i570-7034PBK are among the most expensive systems to operate; costing more than $20 a year to power. The Dell provides yet another data point to suggest that, in general, AMD systems consume dramatically more power than their Intel-based counterparts in the same price range do.
Dell covers the Inspiron i570-7034PBK with their standard one-year warranty that includes 24-7 phone support coupled with a comprehensive Web site with support for RMA returns, manual and driver downloads, and a comprehensive list of FAQs to get you started.
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Dell Inspiron i570-7034PBK
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II X4; 6MB 1333MHZ DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) ATI Radeon HD4200 integrated graphics chip; 750GB, 7,200 rpm hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3.0GHz Intel Core i3 540; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz Pentium Dual-Core E5500; 6MB 800MHZ DDR3 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200 rpm hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II X4 630; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) ATI RS880 integrated graphics chip; 750GB, 7,200 rpm hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X4 830; 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive