Gateway 5310

If you're looking for a cheap, brass-tacks home PC, you could certainly do worse than Gateway's 5310S. Its main drawback is its lack of a viable graphics upgrade path, but if gaming's not on your radar, you'll find most of the core specs you've come to expect.

John R. Delaney

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Gateway's low-cost 5310S
The midrange PC in Gateway's current home PC line, the Gateway 5310 series is mostly unremarkable, but that mediocrity helps keep the price down. Starting at $530 for the most bare-bones configuration with no monitor and a 90-day warranty, you can tweak the configs to create reasonably well-powered, home-oriented workhorses. The biggest limitation is the lack of a PCI Express graphics card slot on the motherboard. This absence prevents a Gateway 5310-series PC from competing as a modern gaming PC, and it also limits nongaming capabilities, such as multiple monitor support. Still, if you're looking for a capable, basic home desktop and you know your needs won't come to require 3D graphics processing, we think you'll be satisfied with the configuration and workmanship of our 5310-series review system. It gives you a fair amount of capability for less than $1,000, and it even has room for some nongaming upgrades.
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