Summary: With lots of useful features (some cleverly hidden), Gateway's FX6800-01e stands out from the boring mainstream pack. It also uses Intel's new CPU and motherboard combination to provide speed and upgradeability. You can find faster PCs for a similar price, but few with this much promise.
Pros: Unique case design with useful extras; second graphics card slot.
Cons: Competing Dell PC has twice the RAM and faster performance as a result.
Conclusion: There’s a lot to like about this reasonably priced gaming rig, though it has its share of problems as well. Buyers looking for a capable machine in this price range should probably place it near the top of their lists, but not before checking out competitors like Dell’s XPS line, which was also quick to pick up the Core i7 chip and offers competitive pricing.
Pros: Outstanding gaming and desktop performance; good hardware mix; attractive case
Cons: Cheap accessories; preloaded trialware; random crashes; chintzy case widgets