Most of the 10 desktop computers Consumer Reports tested that had Intel’s new third-generation Core processors rose to the top of the Ratings. But several using the prior version of the processors are still competitive performers. They can save you money.
The A6 Gateway FX6860 UR10P, $950, with the second-generation Core i7 processor, was excellent at the $1,000 level. The Acer AM3970-UR11P, a Best Buy at $700, the Gateway DX4860-UR11P, $825, and the Asus Essentio CM6850-01, $800, also have second-generation processors and were good performers. If you mainly do office tasks, send e-mail, and surf the Web, those processors are plenty powerful.