A few weeks ago, the HP Blackbird desktop that our family uses as the primary "home" PC died after less than three years of service. While I raved about the Blackbird when I first got it, it was plagued with reliability issues - I even had to ship it back to HP for service after a year. HP no longer makes the Blackbird line of PCs (Voodo acquisition).
I explored multiple options including laptops, an all-in-one desktop (touch screen) but ultimately decided on a standard desktop running Windows 7 64-bit. After much research, I decided on on a Gateway FX6840-01E. I purchased the computer refurbished on eBay at a substantial discount.
- Intel i7-860 (4 core) 2.8Ghz
- 8GB DDR3 Dual-Channel 1333MHz Memory
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- 1 TB 7200rpm hard drive
- ATI Radeon™ HD5570 Graphics card with 1GB of Discrete Video Memory
- 500 watt power supply
- Ability to add up to two additional hard drives via a front access door
So far, I'm very happy with the Gateway desktop. I usually build PCs and this is the first Gateway I've purchased. I had every intention of formating the hard drive and starting with a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit but there was so little extra software installed, I decided to stick with the installed version of Windows Home Premium 64-bit. I took the old hard drives out of the Blackbird, slapped them in the Gateway, changed the locations of my Documents, Music, Pictures and I was good to go.
- Noise. The Gateway is very, very quiet. My previous Blackbird was very noisy
- Case design is top notch
- Great value for the money
- Graphics card needs an upgrade to be used for serious gaming
- Included mouse and keyboard are cheap. I replaced them the high-quality gaming Logitech mouse and keyboard that came with the Blackbird