New Computer


I bought myself a new Gateway. Normally I build my own PC's but I couldn't turn down the deal I got on this one. I also bought a nVidia 8800GTX video card and 700 watt PS to install in it after I give it a few weeks of burn in LOL. I bought the 22" flat panel to go with it. Here's the specs and some pics of my nasty computer room.

Feature Specification
Processor Intel® Core™ 2 Q6600 quad core processor with VT
Each core operates at 2.40 GHz
2 x 4 MB L2 cache
1066 MHz front side bus

Chipset Intel G33
Memory Installed: 3072 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300) dual channel memory (two 1024 MB and two 512 MB modules)
Expandable to: 8 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)

Hard Drive Two 500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA II hard drives
Support for up to two hard drives
Optical Drive DVD ±RW, 18X multi-format dual layer drive (up to 8.5GB)
Write max: 18X DVD±R, 8X DVD+R DL, 8X DVD-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read max: 16X DVD-ROM, 48X CD-ROM
Supports Labelflash™ on disc printing (req. Labelflash media)

Media Card Reader 15-in-1 high speed digital media manager supporting the following:
Compact Flash (CF) I, II
IBM Microdrive™ (MD)
SmartMedia Card (SMC)
Memory Stick™ (MS)
Memory Stick Duo (MS Duo)
Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO)
Memory Stick PRO Duo (MS PRO Duo)
Secure Digital™ (SD)
Mini Secure Digital (MiniSD)
Multi Media Card (MMC)
RS Multi Media Card (RS-MMC) (need adapter)
Multi Media Plus Card (MMC Plus)
Multi Media Mobile Card (MMC Mobile)
xD-Picture Card (xD)
Smart copy
Integrated IR receiver

Video NVIDIA® GeForce® 8500GT
256MB video memory
DirectX® 10, BluRay/HD-DVD capable
HDCP capable
One DVI-I (includes DVI-VGA Dongle)
One S-Video

Audio Integrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio
Network Support Integrated Intel 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Modem 56K PCIe Data/Fax modem
with RJ-11 modem cord
Add-in Card Slots One PCI Express ×16 (graphics interface)
Two PCI Express ×1
One PCI conventional

External Connectors One PS/2 keyboard port
One PS/2 mouse port
One VGA monitor port
Eight USB ports (six rear, two front)
Two IEEE 1394a port (one rear, one front)
One RJ-45 Ethernet LAN port
Seven audio jacks (five rear, two front)
Three front RCA jacks (one video, two audio)
One S/PDIF optical audio port

Drive Bays Five total:
Two external 5.25-inch
One external 3.5-inch (with a docking bay for optional Gateway 2.5-inch removable USB hard drive)
Two internal 3.5-inch (hard drive)

Windows Vista Home Premium


Well-Known Member
My Gateway is a Pentium 4 1.6Mhz. OLD AS HE!!, but it gets the job done. If any part of it were to fail I would simply buy a new box. They just aren't worth repairing/upgrading anymore. Gateway has been real solid for us. We never turn the darn thing off!


It screams thats for sure. I bought it to play Need for Speed Pro Street
And I needed a new computer anyway LMAO...
The P4 in the bottom pic didn't cut it on this new game.
I know Windows Vista has been looked down on by some but I really like it. I have Vista Home Premium on the laptop and this Gateway and they both perform well.


New Member
Nice machine HRC! How do you like the dual core intel? Games will FLY with that 8800 too.

Post some pics of it at No-Cal... the guys there would love to see it!


New Member
Did you order it from Gateway or get it built that way? What model # is it? I'm probably going to get a new one with my tax rebate. I was also looking at the AMD Phenom processor. Any comments on the AMD?



The one I bought is a GM5632E. I bought it at Best Buy on sale for $1200.00 with a Gateway 22" monitor and a Cannon photo printer/scanner.

I like the Intel processers myself. I've never had a AMD processer but a lot of people swear by them.


New Member
You can't go wrong with AMD. I run a dual core AMD64 overclocked via multiplier at 3.0GHZ (from 2.6) and it will run a game on full quality smoothly while running Prime95, which runs both cores at 100% load all the time by processing huge prime numbers. I have really hammered on this chip and have not yet had anything lag or slow down when working with multiple programs. It can be pushes further speed wise, but my motherboard is a budget board and is unstable anywhere above 3.0GHZ. AMD CPU's are generally less expensive too.

I don't have any experience with the Phenoms, but have heard some machines run very slow with them due to beta BIOS's. Right now, I think the way to go would be to go with a machine with a dual core and that will accept a Phemon (socket AM+) in the future. Right now, the programs and operating systems we use don't fully utilize all four cores. This is just MY 2 cents here.


Ive had a few AMDs in the past and always had problems with overheating when pushed hard. Otherwise they were ok. I'd go with an Intel Quad Core if your going to buy a new computer and you wont need to worry about over clocking.


New Member
You are correct, badtothebone, the older AMD's ran very hot. The new ones are based on newer, smaller core technology that use much less power and give off much less heat while achieving fast speeds. The chip I have is rated for 65 watts and even overclocked 400MHZ, it is almost just as cool as it was stock speed. They have come a long way.

As for overclocking, I only do it because I am an enthusiast and like to get the most out of my hardware. I purchased the chip I have now specifically for OCing as it is unlocked and designed to be pushed. The standard version of this chip will still perform right up there with Intels.

I have never used a new Intel-based machine so I am not sure how they compare, I am just voicing my opinion here.


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Thanks for the info all. We have a Gateway laptop 17" widescreen with the intel dual core which we bought it last year for our aniversary. It's a rocket ship & we love it so I'm a fan of the dual core already. The second pc I built was an amd Athlon 950 mhz& it ran great. I retired it to my present Gateway 2.6 p-4 which we bought in 01. It's way sloooowww compared to the laptop. I just might go with the intel dual core with the new desktop, we'll see.


Cartaholic - R.I.P.
For pure, raw power, you can't beat an Intel Celron. That's the kind of power I'm talking about. I can play Free Cell all day long and that baby won't even grunt. And we ain't talking Mahjong, we're talking Mahjong Titans here. Doesn't slow down a bit. I will say that a fast game of Ink Ball will make it heat up a bit. But, hey! That's one hell of a game.



Tennessee Squire
Visionman V133-8810

Operating Systems: Genuine Windows® Vista™ Ultimate
Platform: PC
Orientations Allowed: Vertical
Form Factor: Mid-Tower
PCI Slots (Total): 2
PCI Express X4 Slots (Available): 1
PCI Express X16 Slots (Total): 2
PCI Express Slots (Total): 3
PS/2 Keyboard Connectors: 1
PS/2 Mouse Connectors: 1
Serial Communication Ports: NA
Parallel Ports: NA
USB Ports: 4
FireWire Ports: 1
eSATA Ports: 2
LAN Ports: 2
Game/MIDI Ports: NA
Audio Out Jacks: 1
Line In Jacks: 1
Microphone Jacks: 1
Composite Video: NA
VGA Ports: NA
DVI Video: 2
S-Video Connectors: NA
Coaxial Connectors: NA
S/PDIF Connectors: 2
Processor Brand: AMD
Processor Class: Athlon 64 X2
Processor Number: X2 6000+
Processor Speed: 3.00GHz
Processor Interface: AM2
Processors Supported: 1
Processors Onboard: 1
Additional Technologies: MMX
Enhanced 3DNow!
AMD Virtualization
Memory Type: DDR
Number of Slots: 4
Number of Pins: 240-Pin
Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB - 64bit
Memory Supported: ECC
Dual Channel Supported
Channels: 8 Channels
Total Memory: 4.0GB
Memory Speed: DDR2 800 (PC2-6400)
Memory Slots (Total): 4
Memory Slots (Available): 0
Interface: SATA
Capacity: 300GB
Speed: 10,000RPM
Interface: SATA II
Capacity: 500GB
Speed: 7,200RPM
Optical Drive Type: DVD±RW Dual Layer Lightscribe
Interface: EIDE
Optical Drive Type: DVD±RW Dual Layer Lightscribe
Interface: EIDE
Type: Media Reader
Audio Description: Integrated Audio
Audio Chipset: High Definition
ADI 1988B
Channels: 7.1
Graphics Description: PCI-Express Video Cards
GPU/VPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready
GPU/VPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready
Video Memory: 1GB Memory
Communications Description: Dual Integrated LAN Support
Interface Type: RJ-45 - Ethernet Connector
Data Transfer Rate: 1000Mbps
Power: 650 Watt

Logitech G-15 Gaming Keyboard
Logitech Media Play Wireless Mouse
Samsung 220WM 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor

It keeps me surfin'


Tennessee Squire
I play a online role playing game called EverQuest. I have never moved so easily through a game before. it's awesome.



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Nice 'puter, Same one I have. I love it. Though Vista can be a little frustrating at times it seems to be pretty decent. I also have a 2 tera bite external USB drive, it'll be a long time before I fill this one up. LOL


Tennessee Squire
Newest addition to my collection.


Toshiba - Qosmio Laptop / Intel® Core™ i5 Processor / 18.4" Display / 8GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive - Omega Black

Product Height: 1.6".
Product Width: 17.4".
Product Weight: 9.7 lbs.
Product Depth: 11.6".
Gaming Series: Yes.
Color Category: Black.
Processor Brand: Intel®.
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5.
Processor Speed: 2.4GHz (with Turbo Boost up to 2.53GHz).
Battery Type: 12-cell lithium-ion.
Display Type: High-definition plus widescreen TFT-LCD with TruBrite technology (1680 x 945).
Screen Size: (Measured Diagonally) 18.4".
Cache Memory: 3MB on die Level 3.
System Memory: (RAM) 4GB.
System Memory: (RAM) Expandable To 8GB.
Type of Memory: (RAM) DDR3.
Hard Drive Type: SATA (7200 rpm).
Computer Hard Drive: Size 500GB.
Optical Drive: Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RWOptical Drive Speeds6x DVD+R DL; 6x DVD-R DL; 8x8x8 DVD+RW; 8x6x8 DVD-RW; 5x DVD-RAM; 24x24x24 CD-RW.
Direct-Disc Labeling: Yes.
Digital Media Reader or Slots: Yes, digital media card reader.
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M.
Video Memory:1GB GDDR5 (discrete); up to 1274MB (dynamically allocated shared graphics memory using NVIDIA TurboCache technology); 2298MB total.
MPEG: Yes.
Built-in Webcam: Yes.
Networking: Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector).
Wireless Networking: Wireless-B+G+N.
Audio: Dolby Home Theater support.
Speakers: Internal Harman Kardon stereo speakers.
USB 2.0: Ports 4.
IEEE 1394 FireWire: Ports 1.
Battery Life: Up to 3 hours and 47 minutes.
Pointing Device: Touch Pad with multitouch control and enable/disable.
HDMI Output: Yes.
Operating System Platform: Windows.
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Included Software: Microsoft Works 9; Adobe Acrobat Reader and more.
ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes.
Drive Capacity: 500GB.
Graphics: Card NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M.