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Intel cuts desktop chip prices

The cuts, including many to quad-core processors, are announced just before Advanced Micro Devices' earnings announcement Tuesday.

By July 20, 2009


Intel cuts prices on some chips up to 48 percent

Chipmaker institutes broad price cuts on dual- and quad-core processors, as well as introducing new models.

By January 18, 2009


Maingear gives power-efficient game PCs a Pulse

Maingear introduces a new power-efficient gaming PC designed to compete with HP's Firebird.

By June 4, 2009


Dell Inspiron i560-4000NBK

We recommend this Dell only to those who need its particular combination of good-enough performance and wireless networking. If you value faster performance, or you're willing to get your hands dirty with upgrades, you can find more computer for your money elsewhere.

February 19, 2010

2.5 stars Editors' rating February 19, 2010

MSRP: $599.99


Gateway DX4831-01e

The Gateway DX4831-01e is the midtower version of the Editors' Choice award-winning SX2840-01 and exhibits equally impressive performance scores while offering ample room for expansion. We recommend this system to budget-minded shoppers who are looking for a powerful, affordable midtower desktop computer.

February 17, 2010

3.5 stars Editors' rating February 17, 2010

MSRP: $549.99


The Real Deal 175: All-questions show

Rafe and Tom answer tech questions about getting Microsoft software for cheap, the security of bank apps, and more.

By August 20, 2009


HP Pavilion p6210y

The HP Pavilion P6210y gets by as a decent performer in entry-level applications, but we're disappointed by its lack of features. It can definitely serve as a family PC, but the Gateway SX2800-01 is a faster computer with more flexibility in its connection offerings.

December 4, 2009

3 stars Editors' rating December 4, 2009

MSRP: $579.99


ZT Affinity 7288Li

The ZT Affinity 7288Li offers nothing to set it apart from the competition. Its Intel Core i3 processor and 500GB of memory are both subpar components for its price, especially compared with $100 cheaper Gateway's DX4831-01e. We recommend staying away from this desktop.

March 19, 2010

2.5 stars Editors' rating March 19, 2010

MSRP: $649.99


HP Pavilion p6310y

The HP Pavilion p6310y is a midtower desktop computer with average performance coupled with a disappointing set of features. Sure, it can handle low-demand processing, but we recommend the Gateway DX4831-01e over it. The Gateway is a faster computer with more versatile connections that costs $50 less.

February 19, 2010

3 stars Editors' rating February 19, 2010

MSRP: $599.99


Dell Inspiron i545s-3055NBK

The Dell Inspiron 545s-3055NBK improves on previous models with more upgrade options and faster performance. Its modest components can easily handle the most common tasks, but shoppers looking for a home theater PC should consider the Gateway SX2800-01 or Dell's forthcoming Zino HD instead.

December 2, 2009

3 stars Editors' rating December 2, 2009

MSRP: $579.00