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Systemax SG 1150 Budget Desktop Personal Computer

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Systemax SG 1150 budget desktop PC

Systemax SG 1150

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The Bottom Line

10/23/08 - Those looking for an inexpensive desktop computer system with a dedicated graphics card for playing 3D games may be well served by the Systemax SG 1150. The problem is that the system sacrifices a large number of features in order to put the dedicated graphics card in. So much so that consumers may be better served by buying a different low cost desktop with better base memory, hard drive and ports for less and then buying a separate video card.
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Pros

  • Dedicated 3D Graphics Card

Cons

  • Smaller Hard Drive
  • Slower DDR2 Memory
  • Lacks FireWire

Description

  • Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 Dual Core Processor
  • 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 250GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner with LightScribe
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT Graphics Card with 512MB Memory
  • Intel HDA Audio
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • Six USB 2.0, 9-in-1 Card Reader
  • Vista Home Premium

Guide Review - Systemax SG 1150 Budget Desktop Personal Computer

10/23/08 - The Systemax SG 1150 is marketed as a budget gaming desktop PC. It actually may be the least expensive desktop on the market that comes equipped with a dedicated graphics card. It is a lower end NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT with 512MB of memory, but it is capable of playing many of today's games at moderate resolutions with decent levels of quality. The problem is that the SG 1150 sacrifices a fair number of features to get this card into a sub-$600 desktop.

The processor of the SG 1150 isn't all that different from what many other companies are offering in the budget market. The Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 offers a decent level of performance for the price and is capable of today's PC games. The problem comes from the memory used to support the processor. First off, it only comes with 2GB of memory. This was common for low cost desktops a year ago, but now many are shipping with 4GB. The bigger issue is that fact that it uses really slow PC2-5300 DDR2 memory that is only 3/4 the speed of the traditional PC2-6400 seen in most desktop systems. This will limit the systems overall performance.

Another area that suffers from the cost cutting to get the graphics card in is the storage. The SG 1150 uses a 250GB hard drive. This is half the size of the drives found in systems that cost roughly the same or even a hundred dollars less. This will limit the amount of digital media files and applications that the system can hold. On the plus side, the dual layer DVD burner does feature the ability to burn labels directly to LightScribe compatible media.

The net result is a system that may be capable of playing 3D games but the limitations make it a less than optimal choice. Other alternatives exist for putting together a low cost gaming PC.

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