Excerpt: We’re documented fans of Gateway’s latest FX case design, at least for the most part, but we have reservations about the FX6840-03e, a specific $1,099 configuration. We’ll give the Gateway some credit for its strong application performance scores, but a $1,149 Dell system offers a more versatile configuration for only a nominal price increase. We do like certain aspects of this Gateway system, but there’s not enough value in this PC to recommend it.
Summary: The Gateway FX 6480-01e is certainly a capable system with its Intel Core i7-860 processor, 8GB of memory and 1TB hard drive, but simply put, it's not a good gaming system.
Starting with the exterior, the FX is one of the few manufactured PCs that I feel looks good. The black and red color scheme works well and the stealthed front drive bays help polish the look. The two front hot swap drive bays are something you don't find on most systems in this price range.