HP Pavilion Slimline s5-1060
Best value desktop computer
If you want a good performing desktop computer that won't break the bank, experts say the HP Pavilion Slimline s5-1060 is the one to get. It strikes a good balance between price and power, reviewers say, and it comes with impressive specs for this price range -- a Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor that includes Intel's performance-boosting Hyper-Threading technology, a discrete AMD Radeon HD 6450 graphics card, a 1 TB hard drive and 6 GB of memory. It also comes with a Blu-ray drive, built-in Wi-Fi, HDMI and DVI ports and a HDTV tuner card. Expansion is possible, but limited by the cramped quarters of the slim case. Performance is very good all-around; web surfing, email, word processing and data-intensive tasks all run smoothly, and moderate gaming is a possibility thanks to beefier processors than the ones found in many budget PCs. The HP Pavilion Slimline s5-1060 comes with a mouse, keyboard and infrared media remote control, but no monitor.