It doesn't take a fortune to get one’s feet wet at 3D gaming. Smaller companies like Cyberpower and Velocity Micro have been selling gaming-class desktops for about $1,000 for some time. Now Gateway is doing the same with the FX7020, a $1,100 quad-core rig that you can find at select retailers. Although it won't give you blazing frame rates on the latest, graphics-happy DX10 games, it will at least let you play them, and it does well on DX9 games at any resolution.
The FX7020 packs a 2.3-GHz quad-core AMD Phenom processor, the first use we've seen of that chip. The nVidia GeForce 8800 GT is a good midlevel graphics card. A 500GB SATA hard drive and a dual-layer DVD burner with Labelflash labelburning technology (similar to HP’s LightScribe) round out the hardware. It does have some cool media features, such as a 15-in-1 card reader, an integrated IR receiver paired with a Media Center remote, and a built-in HDTV tuner. Another nice perk is the 1GB of online storage-free forever!
The system comes with major bloat ware. Worse still, it has only one PCIe x16 slot, so you can't upgrade to a dual-card SLI configuration should you outgrow the single card's limited, though solid, performance. Although it did fine on older games, its frame rates were pokey with the latest DX10 games, especially at higher resolutions. (Crysis at 1,920 by 1,200 looked almost like a slide show at 7 fps)
The comparable Dell XPS 630 costs $170 more, but it’s upgradeable to either an SLI or a CrossFire dual-card array. When you buy from Dell, though, you have to wait for the techs to assemble and ship your system. Pick up the Gateway FX7020 at your local Best Buy and you can start fragging today.Gateway FX7020 ReviewPrice range: $1,100Specs:2.3-GHz AMD Phenom 9600 processor2GB 667-MHz DDR2 SDRAM500GB 7,200 rpm SATA hard drive512MB nVidia GeForce 8800GTgraphic carddual-layer DVD±RWdrivesix USB 2.0 portsWindows Vista Home PremiumCheck This Out:Sony DPF-D70 Review: Contemporary Design and FunNEC Powermate P5000 Review: Hybrid Computer from NECPhilips AJL308 Review: Multifunction Alarm
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