Summary: Gateway's FX7020 matches an AMD quad-core CPU and a fast Nvidia graphics card to make a compelling gaming PC, with some basic multimedia features to boot. Upgraders looking for a deal might wish Gateway had added a beefier power supply, but as is, this is a fine PC for its price.
Pros: Capable gaming performance in most current PC titles; TV tuner provides some multimedia oomph.
Cons: 400-watt power supply might limit your 3D card upgrade path down the road.
Conclusion: In case Vista Home Premium isn't ponderous enough for you, Gateway preloads the FX7020 with a banquet of retail-PC bloatware such as Napster; BigFix, a kiddies' version of Windows Update for driver upgrades and friendly vendor messages; and the icky WildTangent pay-for-play lame-game service.
Conclusion: The FX7020 is certainly a better-than-average computer, and its pricing is extremely competitive. This is essentially the same pattern we saw with the FX notebook , which was also very powerful and aggressively priced. Our only major gripe with the FX7020 is that although Gateway took the time to make this system look like a gaming machine on the outside, it took no effort whatsoever to differentiate it from any other Gateway in terms of the software installation.
Pros: Quiet; solid performance for the price; affordable
Cons: Not as flashy as other gaming systems; airflow issues; boring keyboard and mouse