Believe or not, PC companies are still selling desktops, not just Ultrabooks and tablets. And for students (or other frugal consumers) who might prefer a computer that is big enough that you can't carry it around, Gateway has just updated its value-priced desktop line-up in time for back-to-school shopping.
Starting at just $379, the diminutive SX series -- taking up a mere one third of the space a traditional tower takes up -- maxes out with an AMD quad-core A8-3820 processor and can also include AMD Radeon HD 6550 graphics. You can get up to 8GB of RAM and a maximum 1TB of hard drive storage. There are also ports-a-plenty, including 9 USB 2.0 connections and a trio of USB 3.0 ones.
If you want more power, you can select the DX models instead (pictured above), with some configurations including an Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge processor and up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of hard drive space. You also get PCI Express x16 and PCI Express x1 expansion slots for further upgrades. Prices start at $499.
Select SX and DX desktops with the revised specs are available at retailers now. I've spotted the SX2370 and the DX4860 at Amazon, NewEgg, and TigerDirect. The former includes an AMD A6-3600 processor with Radeon HD6530D integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 1TB hard drive, while the DX4860 comes with an Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge processor, 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. Additional DX configurations appear available at Amazon.