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Gateway Refreshes FX, DX and SX Desktops

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

Gateway has given its FX, SX and DX desktop lines a refresh, adding Intel's new Core i5 and Core i3 chips under the hood and a sleek new finish on the outside.

Gateway has updated its FX line of gaming PCs, its DX line of multimedia machines and its small form factor SX line. The DX and SX both boast a Intel Core i5 and i3 CPUs (respectively), and Gateway has given FX and DX lines the option for Blu-ray drives. The FX also packs a new modernized chassis with lighting accents.

Packing Intel's Core i7, ATI's Radeon HD 5850, 16GB of RAM, a 1.5TB SATA HDD, 16X DVD drive, and a Blu-ray drive the FX will set you back around $1,700.00. Shave $500 off the price by halving the RAM and ditching the Blu-ray drive.

The DX starts at $849.99 and along with Core i5, boasts NVIDIA GT220 graphics, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, Blu-ray, and a DVD burner.

The lowest of the bunch is the small form factor line of SX machines. The SX starts at just $559.99 and uses Intel's Core i3 530 CPU. It packs Intel GMA X4500HD graphics, 6GB of RAM and integrated DVD burner and up to 1TB of storage.

All machines come with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

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    Mach5Motorsport , February 4, 2010 2:39 PM
    Gah, still the reliability issues?
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    falchard , February 4, 2010 2:44 PM
    looks nice, but overpriced. That Core i7 is on an LGA 1156 board.
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    jonpaul37 , February 4, 2010 2:46 PM
    still the horrible Power Supplies i'm sure, but nice to see an OEM come out with a decent case...
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    HKH , February 4, 2010 3:15 PM
    at least the front of the case looks decent
    would you really need 16 gbs of ram tho?
    halving the ram and blue ray drive, the price around 1200 is quite ok
    abit more expensive then do it yourself building
    scraping the keyboard/mouse/speaker to shade of another 50 would be nice
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    SchizoFrog , February 4, 2010 3:22 PM
    StoryThe SX starts at just $559.99 and uses Intel's Core i3 530 CPU. It packs Intel GMA X4500HD graphics

    If the system is using the new Clarksdale i3 CPU why is it not using the interagted graphics of the CPU?
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    hakesterman , February 4, 2010 3:26 PM
    If i was going to buy a Gateway or Dell or HP with an Intel chip i'd buy one with a I7 Processor, anything else is just uncivilized..............

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    Computer_Lots , February 4, 2010 3:40 PM
    I like how the DX "boasts" an Nvidia GT220 graphics card :) 
    Nobody boasts about that weak card. My much older 9800GT destroys that card and can be purchased for $60 these days. The GT220 doesn't belong in a performance PC at all. This is the problem with OEM PCs. They always load up a nice CPU and RAM but cheap out on the graphics.
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    megamanx00 , February 4, 2010 3:52 PM
    And yet, I find myself not caring. Sometimes I forget gateway is still around.
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    kelemvor4 , February 4, 2010 4:21 PM
    megamanx00And yet, I find myself not caring. Sometimes I forget gateway is still around.

    I thought they were gone myself. I wouldn't buy one myself, but it looks like an ok line of systems for average users to get.

    I like that they have a model which comes default with 16Gb ram. That's a nice touch.
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    Ho0d1um , February 4, 2010 4:22 PM
    I can't believe they try to sell "performance" desktops with no upgrade options. Just a list of prebuilt boxed computers.
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    xc0mmiex , February 4, 2010 4:24 PM
    for personal experience.... the FX line is priced reasonably for what you get (usually better compare to its competitors like alienware, still no where close what you can build your own for)... however their tech support still sucks, had to sit on a phone for 2 hours to prove that an 8500gt is not a replacement for 7950gt
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    Gin Fushicho , February 4, 2010 4:28 PM
    Things are pretty sad when I want to buy the DX and replace the motherboard & throw in my GTX260 then be happy with it.
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    Anonymous , February 4, 2010 4:33 PM
    Same old crap from Acer under the Gateway subdivision.

    Lousy to non-existent tech support.
    No access to motherboard manuals - not even their own techs have access.
    Messy BIOS updates - They can't even release an update correctly without someone else to fix it for them.
    Altogether, their systems just aren't worth purchasing, you're better off building your own system unless you're up to the task of fixing all the problems that Acer created from the ground up.
    The FX6800 series was a Tech support nightmare by itself, but ran great once all the problems were solved.
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    Anonymous , February 4, 2010 5:16 PM
    Can I get that FX machine with a 6 foot high spoiler to complete the ricer look? Shit would be SO cash.
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    mrmotion , February 4, 2010 6:29 PM
    I bought the FX6800-11 and couldnt be happier. I purchased mine knowing full well that tech support sucked but knock wood, its running great and I got if for a hell of a good price.
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    mr_tuel , February 4, 2010 7:03 PM
    The last generation of DX and SX desktops from Gateway had crappy eject buttons. You had to press really (really) hard, and even then the tray didn't always pop out. I hope they fixed that, it will be easier for me to sell to people incapable of even understanding the difference between a monitor and computer.
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    doomtomb , February 4, 2010 9:57 PM
    This is cool because I am interested in the Gateway FX laptops, hopefully they can refresh them too!
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    False_Dmitry_II , February 5, 2010 12:40 AM
    I have one of the FX laptops. When I bought it the only way to get something faster on a laptop would be to spend like $6000 on an alienware.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 5, 2010 1:21 AM
    I've never been too crazy about off the shelof pc's. Trying to upgrade may or may not be easy.
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    techguy378 , February 5, 2010 9:13 AM
    Gateway (Acer now) are a bunch of morons for using people from India for US tech support. If people are going to provide tech support or any type of customer service by phone for US customers then they need to be required to speak FLUENT english, not just english since well over 99.999 percent of US residents speak fluent english.
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