“While many hardcore gamers and hardware enthusiasts will tell you it’s better to build your own rig, some still choose to go with a custom-built model from a recognized brand name. These often come attached to higher premiums, but also to comprehensive customer support and warranties covering the entire system, plus the peace of mind of not having to deal with any troubles that may occur while assembling it piece by piece.
The FX6831-03 on our test bed today features an Intel Core i7 860 processor operating at 2.8 GHz (up to 3.46 GHz with Turbo Boost), a whopping 16GB of DDR3 memory, 1.5 TB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive and an ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card with 1 GB of onboard memory.
Priced at around $1,650, the Gateway FX6831-03 is aimed at those who want a very capable gaming system that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. It is more of a “budget” system in the larger arena of gaming rigs, which can cost you upwards of $5,000, but its hardware should be able to deliver enough performance to handle any game you throw at it with little effort. Read on as we put this system through its paces and explore its features inside and out.”
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- Overclockers UK Titan Goliath Core i7 Full Gamer System Review @ Verdis Reviews
Have Gateway’s prebuilt systems changed their spots?
Source: Tech Spot
Tech Spot has been investigating the Gateway FX 6831-03 Gaming Desktop, priced around $1,600. Gateway has been much maligned and ignored by gamers as many of their systems lacked the power that they need for the latest games. The specs on this model might surprise you, for instance it has 16GB of DDR3 inside of it, though the HD5850 might not impress you as much. Drop by the review to see if Gateway has assembled a system even an enthusiast would appreciate or if they only came close.