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Intel lists new low-cost processors

The Q8200 is priced at $224, making it one of the least expensive quad-core chips that the company now offers.

By September 1, 2008


AMD eyes Intel, Windows 7 with $99 chip

Advanced Micro Devices will try to inject some vigor into the lackluster desktop PC market with the first $99 quad-core processor.

By September 16, 2009


AMD's new Phenom II chips take on Intel

AMD adds new "Dragon" Phenom II processor models, including triple-core processors, as it tries to outdo Intel desktop price-performance.

By February 8, 2009


A quad-core, Blu-ray, Windows 7 desktop for $650

HP throws everything but the kitchen sink into this stylish tower, then tops it off with a free Windows 7 upgrade when this OS ships later this year. And it's new, not a refurb!

By August 12, 2009


Report: Low-cost Intel quad-core and Nehalem chips coming

Intel reportedly is readying a low-cost quad-core processor to compete with AMD's triple-core chip. Specifications on Intel's upcoming Nehalem chip are leaking out too.

By June 13, 2008


Dell Inspiron 545

Dell seems to have missed a beat in this year's round of back-to-school retail desktops, and the Inspiron 545 is no exception. Its competition has too much to offer in the way of performance and features, leaving Dell with little but its established online support resources to give it an advantage.

July 28, 2009

2.5 stars Editors' rating July 28, 2009

MSRP: $720.00


Dell expands Studio line with new desktops

Dell introduces the Studio Desktop and Studio Slim Desktop.

By September 23, 2008


Asus Essentio CM5570-AP006

The Asus Essentio CM5570-AP006 will give you fair performance and a well-rounded set of features for its price, and we recommend it if you specifically need a midbudget, midtower desktop. In the grand scheme of retail PCs, however, a more affordable slimtower from Gateway gives this system a major challenge on performance and value, which dampens our enthusiasm for the Asus.

July 22, 2009

3 stars Editors' rating July 22, 2009

Pricing not available


HP Pavilion p6130y

With more aggressive competition on retail shelves, the HP Pavilion p6130y isn't a particularly compelling desktop computer thanks to underwhelming features and poor performance. We only recommend this system if you truly need the hand-holding that comes with the support of a major U.S. PC vendor.

July 16, 2009

2.5 stars Editors' rating July 16, 2009

Pricing not available


Dell Inspiron 545s

The Dell Inspiron 545s cuts a more robust profile than other budget Inspirons by offering better upgrade options and some decent performance for its price. It has a hard time challenging Gateway's strong budget slim tower, but this Dell might sway you, depending on your needs.

July 14, 2009

3 stars Editors' rating July 14, 2009

MSRP: $569.00