Summary: I've had this machine for a few months now. I bought it because it's a great value. I found it to be equivalent to a system I'd put together myself for the same money (though the power supply is cheap, and it needs a bigger fan in the rear). I'd had issues with it after making some adjustments. I put in a second internal hard disk with a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate. Since then it has booting issues, in that it will hang before Windows without keyboard assistance.
Summary: The Gateway FX6831-03 was easy to setup and it is very fast. The 16 GB or menory is what sold me on this model. Best price value I found. It had a little trouble finding external USB drives at first. Downloaded a new copy of the chipset drivers and it works well after that.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Never Freezes, Powerful, Quiet, Versatile
Summary: I was looking for a high-end box for dev/test which would double up as a game PC. Read glowing reviews by CNET experts and complaints from consumers for Gateway FX6831-01 and 03. Talked to repair guys at Frys and Bestbuy, they didnt see any issues. I really liked its sleek looks and you cant beat this price. So I bought the 03 model but spent $240 for a 2 yr extended warranty (which is free at Costco) just in case. Turned it on but got blank screen.
Summary: This system rocks!! I am a professional photographer and handle large files, and use programs that really eat the resources up! This system allows me to do whatever I want! Photoshop CS5 with Bridge is no problem on this machine. Everything is running at once very smoothly. I can bounce back and forth between programs, access several external hard drives and never miss a beat. I have never been able to do that before on any machine!!
Summary: I've had this computer for over 5 months without any problems. I added a second hard drive in the internal bay which worked properly. I installed two Noctua 80mm fans to the front intake grill to add circulation and to cool the hard drives. I tried a hard drive in the front removable bay but found it got quite hot with no air circulation. I've researched the computer components extensively but cannot determine who made the motherboard but my best guess is Foxconn.
Summary: Fastest computer for the money that I've seen...and fast enough for me and my game play. Very easy and fast setup time. You will have to tweak the video card to get you best color depth and hue. Basic settings are dull and too bright. Data transfer from my backup hard drive to this computer was very fast for a 7200 RPM drive.
Summary: I got a bad computer but I'm happy with Amazon as I was able to return it without a problem. I believe the problems were mostly with the ATI 5850 video card. The computer would freeze up, get cursor artifacts, fail to boot up, get lines across screen even in BIOS setup. I decided to build my own computer after returning this. Todays gaming computers really need a good power supply and excellent cooling.
Summary: Dissapointed bougth gatwy cause all gateway always came with back up soft ware..this one did not.. came with hardware not installed with no explanation or instructions. has never started with out having to power off and on a second time.
Summary: Please dont put yourself through this hell!! The worse service and pc you can buy. when your system is having all of these crazy things go wrong and gateway is trying to trouble shoot it over and over again. The only thing you will end up with is this, all your time will be wasted along with your warranty. Then you will remember me. The reason is this Acer owns Gateway, eMachines and Packard and acer is so bad.