New computer

By Turtlejay
Jan 26, 2007
  1. What a great site! I have spent some time lurking and can't seem to find anything pertaining to my question in the forums so I thought I would register and ask.

    I am in the market for a new computer (tax return season and all). It is my wife who insists that I buy a computer built, from a brick and mortar store, rather than build one or buy one from the internet. I understand her feelings about this and will respect them.

    I have about $600, give or take to spend, and this is for a computer and monitor. I have found some computers that I like, but I am not an expert and would like some input here. The front runner is this gateway:

    AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Processor 3800+
    (2.0GHz, 2000MHz FSB, 2 x 512KB L2 cache)

    19" Widescreen HD LCD

    NVIDIA® GeForce® 6100 (Crush51)

    1024MB dual-channel DDR2 (2 x 512MB), 533Mhz

    NVIDIA® GeForce® 6100 Integrated Graphics up to 128MB of shared video memory

    PCI-Express (PCI-E x16) slot available

    Hard Drive
    200GB PATA (7200rpm, 2MB cache)

    Optical Drives
    16x multiformat dual-layer DVD±RW drive
    (up to 8.5GB with dual-layer media)
    Write max: 16x DVD +/-R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW,
    4x DVD+R DL, 40x CD-R, 24x CD-RW
    Read max: 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-ROM

    found here: for $750.

    If this is a decision that I will regret for the rest of my life, I will not be offended if you let me know.

    I would really like to be able to game on this system, and so will likely want to also buy a card at a later date to add. At that time, will the above system not suck?

    Thanks for your help in advance -

  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    That Gateway is a good unit for the money. We have a lot of similar Gateways placed around the southwest. We find that a low priced Gateway is better in reliability than a low priced Dell.
    However, I would sweet-talk your wife up to $700, then make shipping extra.
    There are excellent upper end Dell, Gateway and IBM/Lenovo machines available as refurbs that are superior in most ways to a new machine.
    Also be sure to read the fine print on the warranty, particularly on the monitor, and also on the length of warranty. It is the first nine months and the fourth year that you need a warranty the most.
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