The Good Updated appearance; removable side panel provides easy access to case interior; quiet operation.
The Bad Dual-core CPU not an option; no FireWire ports; limited graphics-card options; too little storage for a media PC; stingy standard support.
The Bottom Line Dell's mainstream Dimension E510 looks good from the outside, but surprisingly limited configuration options dampen our enthusiasm.
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Dell Dimension E510
The Dell Dimension E510, like its progenitor the HP Pavilion d4100e is a better choice., is a well-priced, decently powered option for family computing. Like the Dimension 5100, the E510 adds modern essentials such as a BTX motherboard and a 64-bit CPU that should keep you from having to replace your system for a few years. You can configure a Dell Dimension E510 for a cost as low as $729, but our test system included the version of Windows XP, dual TV tuners, two-piece speakers, and a 17-inch LCD, among other upgrades, that brought the price to a still reasonable $1,154. Even so, the Dimension E510's lack of a dual-core CPU makes the trim a better option performancewise. And if you want the expandability of a midtower case, the AMD-based mainstream
We liked this case when it first came out with the Dell Dimension 5100, and the same applies to the Dimension E510. The case is cast in an attractive silver-and-white design, and a removable side panel makes accessing the internal components easier than ever. The insides are well organized, so it's easy to switch components or reach the sole free PCI slot or the two free RAM slots.