Gateway recharges its FX gaming desktops with Core i7 CPUs, Radeon HD 5850 graphics

Gateway recharges its FX gaming desktops with Core i7 CPUs, Radeon HD 5850 graphics

Summary: Gateway's successful line of midrange FX gaming PCs gets a bit of a makeover, sporting new processors and a new graphics card. In order to keep the price well below $2,000, the company doesn't go for the highest-performing components, but the new parts should provide noticeable improvement over the previous lineup.

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Gateway's successful line of midrange FX gaming PCs gets a bit of a makeover, sporting new processors and a new graphics card. In order to keep the price well below $2,000, the company doesn't go for the highest-performing components, but the new parts should provide noticeable improvement over the previous lineup. Both the $1,699.99 FX6831-03 and the $1,299.99 FX6831-01 feature an Intel Core i7-860 quad-core processor, ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card and 1.5TB hard drive. The cheaper FX comes with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, while the FX6831-03 has twice that amount and also comes with a Blu-ray drive in addition to a DVD burner.

Gateway has also updated its SX small-form-factor PCs and DX line of "multimedia" computers. The $559.99 SX2840-01 sports a Core i3-530 dual-core processor, integrated Intel graphics, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, and HDMI output for those who want a media PC to connect to their HDTV. The DX4831-03 offers a Core i5-650 dual-core CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB hard drive, both a Blu-ray drive and DVD writer, and a low-end nVidia GeForce GT220 graphics card for some mild gaming thrills. The new DX model costs $849.99.

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Close, but no cigar for Gateway

    Sorry Ted, but Mike has you beat here. Dell is offer their XPS Studio Desktop for $1049 at Best Buy. It has an i7-860 processor, 8Gb of DDR3 RAM, a 1Tb drive, and although not correctly posted on BBs website, it comes with an ATI HD 5770 graphics card. At basically $250 less for the same machine, who would buy yours?! I luckily snagged the last one last night from my local BB as they have been flying off the shelves. No wonder...this thing has the best bang for the buck I've seen in quite a while. Aside from the slower harddrive which can be easily upgraded, this thing pulled mid 7s across the board on the Microsoft performance index test. Quiet, powerful and inexpensive - give it a look people!
    dhawkmoon
    • Look again..

      Gateway's rig comes with an HD 5850.. The difference in price easily justifies the bump in performance that the 5850 brings over the HD 5770.. Dell has a [i]decent[/i] system with the studio xps, but nowhere near as capable as the Gateway system..
      Papamambo