If you're determined to bring the HP into your living room, you could always add a 3D card with an HDMI output. The slim tower case means you have to use half-height expansion cards in the two 1X PCI Express slots and the one open 16x PCI Express graphics card slot for a 3D graphics card. That's actually one more card expansion slot that you get in the Gateway, but the HP also has only half as many memory slots. Both of the HP's slots are filled, giving you 4GB of RAM total, but the Gateway has 6GB onboard, across four slots. In both systems, the existing hard drive sits in the only bay available, so any future hard-drive expansion has to come in the form of external USB 2.0 hard drives or networked storage.
|HP Pavilion Slimline s5310y|
|Raw (annual kWh)||235.47756|
|Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh)||$26.73|
We're also unimpressed with the Slimline's power efficiency, especially given its relatively poor performance next to other budget PCs. Its greedy power consumption might be due to the CPU clock speed, a lackluster power supply, or other factors, but it's safe to say that this system couldn't get an Energy Star certification if it tried.
HP includes a standard one-year warranty with the Pavilion s5310y, 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 :
Mac OS X 10.6.2; 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7550; 2GB 1,067MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9400M; 160GB, 7,200rpm Fujitsu hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.5GHz AMD Athlon X2 3250e; 3GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics chip; 320GB 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.93GHz Intel Core i3-530; 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive
HP Pavilion Slimline s5310y
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3GHz AMD Athlon II X2 250; ; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE integrated graphics chip; 640GBTB, 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II X4 630; 6GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB Nvidia Geforce 9100; 1TB, 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive