Gateway GT5052b Dual-Core Desktop PC - £349.99 Delivered @ Play.com
Gateway GT5052b Dual-Core Desktop PC - £349.99 Delivered @ Play.com

Gateway GT5052b Dual-Core Desktop PC - £349.99 Delivered @ Play.com

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* Processor:
* Intel® Pentium® D Processor 820 featuring dual-core processing (2.80GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2 x 1MB L2 cache)
* Operating System:
* Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
* Chipset:
* Intel® 945G
* Memory:
* 1024MB dual-channel DDR2 memory (2 × 512MB)
* Hard Drive:
* 200GB Serial ATA (7200rpm, 8MB cache)
* Optical Drive:
* 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
* Media Reader:
* 9-in-1 media card reader (Memory Stick® , Memory Stick Pro® , Multimedia Card, Secure Digital, CompactFlash® , MicroDrive, Smart Media, XD, USB 2.0)
* Video:
* NVIDIA® GeForce® 7300LE with TurboCache Supporting 256MB (64MB shared)
* TV Tuner:
* Ports: 1 TV Coax Cable Connector, 1 FM Coax
* 2 RCA Stereo Audio ports, 1 RCA Video, 1 S-Video
* Audio:
* 8-channel (7.1) high definition
* Network: Intel® PRO 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet (RJ-45 port)
* Modem:
* 56K ITU V.92-ready fax/modem (RJ-11 port)
* Peripherals:
* Premium multimedia keyboard, USB optical 2-button wheel mouse, USB amplified stereo speakers
* Ports/Other:
* 7 USB 2.0 (2 in front, 1 in media manager, 4 in back), 3 IEEE 1394 (2 in front, 1 in back), VGA external connector, serial port, parallel port, 2 PS/2 ports (keyboard and mouse), 7 audio ports (2 in front, 5 in back), SPDIF
* Dimensions:
* 391mm (H) x 185mm (W) x 454mm (D)
* Weight:
* 10.4 kg
* Software:
* Microsoft® Works 8.52, Microsoft® DISE (euro) (30-day trial)6, Microsoft® Office (euro, 60-day trial)7, CyberLink® DVD Solutions 6Ch, Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 7.0, Google Toolbar, McAfee® MIS 90-day UK4, Intel® Viiv 1.5, Sonic PrimeTime plug-in, BigFix® -identifies and resolves problems that affect the system before they occur

Couldn't see this posted before, I apologise if it has been.
The PC looks good for the price, I like the fact that it has a BTX form factor which means it should be nice and quiet. Might be able to get a better deal with a dell.
1gb ram can be upgraded really cheaply these days with a matched pair of 2gb DDR2 like was posted the other day (it should have 2 slots free I think) - nice for vista.
As for gaming, forget it - the graphics card inside is a weakling. Perfrectly fine for the media center capablities, but wont be able to handle any modern games. Same goes for vista I believe with the new aero interface - the card is not powerful enough. The only thing really going for the graphics card is that it is passively cooled (no fans) - so should be silent.


According to Intel's site for the 945g:

"Platforms based on the Intel® 945G Express chipset, when configured with memory devices of adequate amount and speed, meet all current requirements for the Windows Vista Premium OS system logo."

So the 945G is OK.

It also has a: "NVIDIA® GeForce® 7300LE with TurboCache Supporting 256MB (64MB shared)" - All GeForce chips are Vista Capable, so that's OK.

All this needs is an extra 512Mb/1Gb of RAM to make it Vista Premium ready (and maybe one of those cheap USB flash drives we've been seeing on HUKD to enable Readyboost RAM)

This is now down to £299. What do people reckon as a mid range office PC?


This is now down to £299. What do people reckon as a mid range office PC?

Quite good, however there's no monitor. I believe Dell currently have an athlon available with a 15" monitor for about £250. So £50 cheaper, and you get a monitor included and IMO they are both fine at office type stuff. If you wanted it for games then this one may be better as it's dual core and got a gig of ram but for anything else you won't notice the difference.

The price is about normal, worth maybe £300-£330 or so, but I would go for one of the Dell Core 2 Duo systems for about £450ish, if you don't need the monitor sell it on and you will end up with a better PC than the above for close to the same price.

Oh and you get Vista with Dell so your not having to mess about upgrading and such.

It does not say what kind of TV tuner is in it, but a digital one can be bought for less than £20 anyway.

If your spending £300 or more on a base unit I would go with the Dell setups and sell the monitor on to get your price back down.
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