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Old 02-16-2009, 11:53 PM
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Ye Ol' desk-top is on it's last legs ... 6+ years old and slower than mooolaaassssseeesss.

I've been looking at Dells, HP, Compaq, etc., for a while, but for the last few days I've turned my eye to some of the faster Gateway models. Of interest is the Gateway FX6800-xxx. I don't do much of any gaming, but I have other high-end applications that would benefit from a machine like this; http://www.gateway.com/programs/fxseries/index.php

This is the version I'm considering -



Has anyone had any recent experience with Gateway products? Any other related comments/suggestions would also be appreciated.

Much thanks for the help and advice!

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Old 02-17-2009, 12:06 AM
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I bought a Mac about 2 months ago and I will never go back to a pc. It is diff to use but after a few days WOW I like it.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:57 AM
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thats alot of computer for someone who doesnt game...

unless your high end apps that you use are 3d modeling with 500+ parts.

and im still not convinced on the quad core processors (let alone the i7 which is more or less 8 core processors). they are alot of money for the little speed increase. generate a ton of heat and use even more power.

dell now owns Alienware they are where i would go for a high end PC
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Thanks for your thoughts folks!

It's my son that's the 'gamer', and I'm into the higher end graphics/CAD/etc. . . . hence the need for a fairly fast machine.

We have looked at Alienware and Mac as well, but we're looking at the Gateway product(s) right now.

Any thoughts on the 'Gateway' brand? Does anyone have any experience with 'Gateway' products?

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Old 02-17-2009, 05:12 PM
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Once you use a Mac you'll never look back
Well...ummm....I went back. I did graphic design for a few years, used Macs in school then the places I worked used 'em too. To keep the post short, I don't use 'em anymore 100% PC for me! BUT I've got a 3rd gen. iBook that's been sitting in a drawer for a few years if anybody wants to buy it

I ordered a Gateway machine for my Aunt last year, customer service was good and the computer has been problem-free. Gateway and Dell are both good options; and Alienware wouldn't be a bad choice either. There's also a company called WidowPC who are supposedly pretty good.
http://www.widowpc.com/2005/06/gaming_desktops.php

Have you considered getting a custom PC from a local dealer? Sometimes you can get a solid setup at a cheaper price than from the larger-scale companies; plus you get the bonus of local service.
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Ye Ol' desk-top is on it's last legs ... 6+ years old and slower than mooolaaassssseeesss.

I've been looking at Dells, HP, Compaq, etc., for a while, but for the last few days I've turned my eye to some of the faster Gateway models. Of interest is the Gateway FX6800-xxx. I don't do much of any gaming, but I have other high-end applications that would benefit from a machine like this; http://www.gateway.com/programs/fxseries/index.php

This is the version I'm considering -



Has anyone had any recent experience with Gateway products? Any other related comments/suggestions would also be appreciated.

Much thanks for the help and advice!

TF


i bought stuff from these guys and they are quick and reputable.....

http://www.tigerdirect.com/
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I've read and heard a lot of bad things about both Gateway and Dell. I'd suggest for you to google reviews on Gateway, there are many good sites out there that do consumer ratings on products and companies and since they are consumer reviews you can get a more objective opinion on a product rather than a site that is selling or promoting, consumer reviews aren't trying to sell you anything.

http://www.epinions.com/

http://www.ratings.net/

Mooseburger posted a good link, another one is

http://www.ncix.com/

Based out of Vancouver, I have bought parts from them to build our home pc's and know many other tech guys that order from there. They sell parts or you can have a custom built for you using common parts, they have great customer service too.

I've read that Gateway often use substandard parts, I know a few years ago there was a huge issue about this in the PC world. If you live in a big city there is often quite a few places that will custom build a great PC for you for your needs. Plus all the brand stores out there like Future shop, Best Buy etc that sell off the shelf pc's that at least have localized service areas.

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