Included documentation is sparse, but a detailed electronic user guide is preloaded on the hard drive. The one-year standard warranty includes phone support available seven days a week from 5 a.m. to midnight (PT), but it's a toll call. Live support chat via eMachines' Web site is available from 3 a.m. to midnight. eMachines also offers simple, affordable warranty upgrades via its Web site. While you can't add esoteric options, such as accidental-damage protection or data-retrieval services, the company does offer one- and two-year warranty extensions, which cost $99 and $139, respectively.
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Dell Dimension E510
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 3.0GHz Intel Pentium 4 531; Intel 945G chipset; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB ATI Radeon X300 SE (PCIe); Maxtor 6L160M0 160GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3400+; Nvidia C51G (GeForce 6100) chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated Nvidia GeForce 6100 graphics chip using 256MB shared memory; Seagate ST3200826A 200GB 7,200rpm IDE
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3500+; Nvidia C51G (GeForce6100) chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated Nvidia GeForce 6100 graphics chip using 256MB shared memory; Western Digital WD2000BB-22GUCO, 200GB, 7,200rpm, ATA/100
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.06GHz Pentium 4 519; Intel 915G chipset; 5124MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; integrated Intel 915G graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; Seagate ST3160023AS 160GB 7,200rpm SATA
Lenovo 3000 J105
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3200+; VIA VT8237 chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated VIA S3 Unichrome Pro graphics chip using 64MB shared memory; Western Digital WD800JD 80GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA