To its credit, HP offers ample potential inside the tower for upgrades in the form of a 16x PCI Express graphics slot for a 3D video card, two 1x PCI Express slots, one standard PCI slot, and room for another hard drive. There's also space for another stick of memory and you can get more storage with one of HP's proprietary media drives that fits in the expansion bay slot underneath the optical disc drive. But since we don't recommend this system in the first place, we're not too keen on using this system as an upgrade foundation anyway.
|HP Pavilion p6310y||Average watts per hour|
|Raw (annual kWh)||307.5855|
|Energy Star compliant||No|
|Annual power consumption cost||$34.91|
Out of the five comparison desktops we used in this chart, the HP Pavilions' cost the most to power over the course of a year at $34.91 for the p6310y and $34.75 per year for the p6320y. Compared with the $20.78 it takes to power the Dell Inspiron i560-4000NBK at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Gateway won't make as large of an impact on your wallet over time. You shouldn't be surprised to learn that neither HP comes close to earning an Energy Star certification.
HP includes a standard one-year warranty with the Pavilion P6310y, with just enough free support to keep you happy. Within the allotted time, you get 24-7 toll-free phone assistance, a comprehensive list of Web help, including manuals, FAQs, live customer service chat, and driver updates.
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System configurations :
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7500; 8GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X45600 integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.93GHz Intel Core i3 530; 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 32MB Intel GMA HD integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.6GHz AMD Phenom II X4 810; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive HP Pavilion p6310y Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II X4 630; 6GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB Nvidia nForce 720a; 1TB, 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X4 820; 8GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) Nvidia GeForce 9100 integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive