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Get a quad-core desktop PC for $348

The sellout risk is high on this refurbished, space-saving desktop, which packs a blazingly fast processor, a huge hard drive, and Windows 7.

By Feb. 11, 2010


Advent Centurion, Firefly and Verona: Stocking thrillers

Hold the front page: PC World's just unveiled the Centurion gaming desktop, the Firefly budget home PC, and the lightweight Verona laptop

By Nov. 26, 2009


Intel cuts desktop chip prices

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

By Jul. 20, 2009


Top retail desktops for the 2009 holidays

The best desktops available at retail for the 2009 holiday season.

By Dec. 9, 2009


Gateway DX4300-11

We're fond of the Gateway DX4300-11's clever design, but halfhearted performance scores mar its overall worth. The TV tuner and 1TB hard drive may tempt you to stick it in your living room as a media center PC, but your money is better spent on the Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004.

By Nov. 25, 2009

3 stars Editor's rating Nov. 25, 2009

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Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004

Massive case notwithstanding, the affordable Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004 delivers a competitive feature set with the horsepower to back it up. We recommend this system for light media editors and anyone who can make use of its straightforward performance and multipurpose features.

By Nov. 24, 2009

3.5 stars Editor's rating Nov. 24, 2009

MSRP: $649.99


HP Pavilion P6230y

The HP Pavilion P6230y yields decent scores, but we have a hard time recommending a system that comes at a higher cost and with a slower performance rating than competing systems. This system has a few uncommon features for its price, but nothing that makes up for its overall poor bang for the buck.

By Nov. 22, 2009

2.5 stars Editor's rating Nov. 22, 2009

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HP Pavilion Elite e9120y

We've never loved HP's Pavilion Elite PCs, and this desktop offers the same scattershot configuration that has always put us off. That said, we suspect a dorm room might actually be an appropriate place for a midtower that offers acceptable speed on top of Blu-ray capability. Just know that faster, more specialized desktops are available for less.

By Jul. 31, 2009

3 stars Editor's rating Jul. 31, 2009

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HP Pavilion Elite m9500y

We can't complain about the HP Pavilion Elite m9500y in its current configuration--it offers a speedy processor, plenty of memory and storage, and even includes Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, the big picture shows other manufacturers like Dell and Gateway that offer better deals to fit your specific computing needs.

By Feb. 19, 2009

3 stars Editor's rating Feb. 19, 2009

MSRP: $839.00


Gateway LX 6810-01

The affordable Gateway LX6810-01 scores high points for offering high-end components right off the shelf. We recommend this system for multimedia editors and light gamers who can make use of its hard-working Nvidia 3D card and full 8GB of RAM. However, if you're looking more at straightforward performance, Dell offers a system with a faster CPU and a similar feature set for about the same price.

By Feb. 13, 2009

3.5 stars Editor's rating Feb. 13, 2009

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