(Longer bars indicate better performance)
The chart above shows how much these systems will cost to run over the course of a full year. While the Gateway DX4300-15e and the two HP systems trend on the more expensive side, Asus manages to keep costs low at only $1.83 per month. The system still doesn't make the grade for Energy Star certification, but eco-friendly consumers can still save money by investing in this system.
Asus is fairly new in the desktop market, but that doesn't make it exempt from offering customer support on par with the rest of the industry. Unfortunately, its Web site and phone support are severely lacking. You only get a single year of parts-and-labor warranty coverage, and we found few relevant support results in a simple online search. The limited phone hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT on weekdays don't help its cause, either, when most of its off-the-shelf competition offers 24-7 phone support.
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System configurations :
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 650; 8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 32MB(shared) Intel GMA HD integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200 rpm hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.93GHz Intel Core i3 530; 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 32MB Intel GMA HD integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.6GHz AMD Phenom II X4 810; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive
HP Pavilion p6310y
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II X4 630; 6GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB NVIDIA nForce 720a; 1TB, 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X4 820; 8GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) NVIDIA GeForce 9100 integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive
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