- A great starting point – if you’re willing to invest in a few upgrades. You’ll probably want to start with the graphics card.
- A solid, if not spectacular gaming PC. It’s up to par. It’ll run just about anything, but maybe not at higher settings.
- Affordable and easy to upgrade. Even if you’ve never customized or built a computer before, it’s easy to pop this one open and plug a few new components into it.
- A pretty basic PC. It’s more useful as a starting point than as an out-of-the-box machine. The processor, graphics card and RAM are “good enough,” but that’s about it.
- If you buy refurbished, it comes with a lot of bloatware you’ll need to manage. This is easy enough to do by just going to the uninstall hub, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating that so many sellers insist on installing all this junk in the first place.
- No HDMI port. This means you’ll have to settle for using your computer monitor, buying a converter or installing an HDMI port yourself. Not the biggest problem for a PC to have, but an odd omission in for a computer that was manufactured in the 2010’s.
It’s hard to knock this computer.
There are more powerful PC’s out there, and some of them are even cheaper, but if you’re looking for a gaming PC at this price point, then it’s going to be streamlined, like a race car: Yeah it’s fast, but where’s the passenger seats?
The Pavilion 570 isn’t built for power, it’s built for general, all-around use. It’s gaming-capable, but not gaming-optimized.
But, it’s still easy to recommend to gamers simply because it’s such a strong starting point if you’re willing to spend a couple extra bucks on upgrades.
If you don’t need to buy the absolute top-of-the-line models, a new processor and a new graphics card can run you less than two hundred dollars total, resulting in a potent gaming PC for under $800 that performs as well as many computers that will run you twice that price.
So that’s our bottom line: If you’re willing to shop around for a processor and a graphics card that will bring the PC up to a competitive standard, you’re off to a great start with the 570.
On the other hand, if you just want something that will run DotA at top graphics settings at a clean 60 frames per second right out of the box, then you’ll want to look for a PC that is optimized specifically for playing games.
The CUK HP Pavilion 570 Tower PC is a great all around computer, and a decent computer for graphics-intensive tasks like gaming, video editing, 3D modeling and so on.
Here’s our recommendation: If you’re looking for a good PC that will run games, this is a great choice.
If you’re a serious gamer, there are cheaper and more powerful PC’s out there built specifically for gaming. That’s not to knock the Pavilion 570, it’s just built more for general-purpose use than for any one particular task.
As a gaming PC, again, it’s not bad.
It’ll probably run just about everything in your library, except for games that are poorly optimized like, for instance, The Evil Within (although it runs GTA games just fine, despite Rockstar’s spotty track record on PC optimization).
But any game designed for PC’s is probably going to run just fine. Any game that was ported to the PC with decent optimization is probably going to run just fine. But, you’ll probably top out at around 35 frames per second on most games if you’re trying to run it at higher settings.
You can crank the settings down, most games will fly at lower graphical settings, so yeah, you can game on it, but it’s not exactly a powerhouse right out of the box. And there’s no HDMI port built into the machine, so you can forget playing DotA on your HDTV.
All of that being said, this PC is a great starting point if you’re willing to do a little upgrading. The Intel Core i5 is functional, but a little outdated, so you may want to replace that first. The graphics card will be the next thing you want to upgrade if you’re using this PC for gaming. Even with the added cost of these upgrades and maybe a little more RAM, you’re looking at the equivalent of a $1,500 gaming tower for somewhere around $650 to $800, so that’s not a bad deal.
So who’s it perfect for?
We would recommend this PC to anyone who’s not too picky and just want’s a decent mid-range PC at a fair price, or, for anyone who’s looking for a starting point to build a good computer tower, but doesn’t want to start from scratch and put the whole thing together themselves.
If you’re just looking to get some work done, and also play a few rounds of Counter Strike now and then, then this tower will do you just fine right out of the box.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something that can play the latest games at max settings right out of the box: then the CUK HP Pavilion 570 Tower PC is a great choice.
If you’re looking to do graphics-intensive tasks like 3D rendering and so on, and you don’t want to have to set aside the time and energy to install all the upgrades required, you might want to wait until you can up your price range a bit and look for something a little more powerful.
In short: Not the most powerful computer at this price, but a rig with a lot of potential and a great all-around tower.