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Gateway DX4720-03 Budget Desktop Personal Computer

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Gateway DX4720-03 Budget Desktop PC

Gateway DX4720-03

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The Bottom Line

10/20/08 - Gateway's DX4720-03 is just one of several different DX budget desktops they offer, but it is probably one of the better overall values. The system has a larger than average hard drive, faster processor and even comes with a 64-bit version of Vista that many companies skimp on. The biggest downside is that the relatively small power supply prevents it from using many high grade aftermarket graphics cards. This limits its potential to be used as a low cost gaming rig.
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Pros

  • Larger Hard Drive
  • 64-bit Version of Vista

Cons

  • 300W Power Supply Limits Potential Video Card Upgrading

Description

  • Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 Dual Core Processor
  • 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
  • 640GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 18x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner with Label Flash
  • GeForce 7100 Integrated Graphics
  • HDA Audio with Stereo Speakers
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Six USB 2.0, 2 FireWire, 15-in-1 Card Reader
  • Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Works 9, Norton 360

Guide Review - Gateway DX4720-03 Budget Desktop Personal Computer

10/20/08 - Most of the budget desktops on the market seem to favor using the older generation Pentium Dual Core processors as a means of reducing cost. Gateway has elected to use this processor with the DX4720-03 but they are using a newer higher speed E5200 version. This gives it a bit of a boost in performance compared to systems using the lower grade Pentium Dual Cores but not quite to the level of the Core 2 Duo desktops.

One nice aspect of the system is the inclusion of 4GB of memory. While this is becoming fairly common now with budget desktops, the majority of the systems still ship with a 32-bit version of the Vista operating system. This limits the systems to just 4GB of memory rather than 8GB that they can generally support. The cost difference between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions is also quite negligible to the manufacturer.

Another bright spot for the Gateway DX4720-03 is the hard drive. The industry seems to have settled on using 500GB hard drives. Instead of using this size, it comes equipped with a larger 640GB drive that provides it with 25% more space for applications and data and at a very competitive price. The DVD burner also supports burning labels directly to Label Flash compatible media similar to what LightScribe based drives can do.

On the downside, the system may be disappointing for those that would consider buying it and upgrading the graphics for a low cost PC gaming rig. The 300W power supply is fairly small and will not support many of the higher performance graphics cards that require a large amount of power. Still, this will likely only affect a small group of consumers.

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 5 out of 5
Excellent computer for the price, Member artigj

I reviewed many computers at this price level and found the DX4720-03 to have the best features for the cost. I do not have any problems running my software (except for a couple of older programs that vista does not recognize). The feature I like best is the HDMI port that allows me to connect my computer to my home entertainment system. I can use my regular monitor and my high def TV as a second monitor and the sound automatically switches to my surround system. Great for work, gaming and the streaming video from the internet has no lag ( a serious problem w/ my former computer). Love to watch those TV episodes I missed during the week . On the minus side, I dislike is the support that Gateway has using a chat program. The chat process for me is awkward with long pauses between responses. I prefer speaking to an agent. Another concern is the limited expandability this computer has w/ the 300W power supply. Overall, this is an outstanding computer and a great buy at its price range.

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