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Gateway offers sub-$600 gaming PC

Desktop PCs aimed at digital-media fans will be available for prices ranging from $370 to $580. Photos: Gateways for gamers

Gateway on Monday unveiled a range of low-price gaming PCs in its bid to grab a piece of the ever-expanding gaming market.

The desktop PCs, belonging to the eMachines brand, will be available for prices ranging from $370 to $580 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The company expects the prices to be attractive to consumers who find that the costs of digital entertainment-enabled PCs are generally steep.

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The eMachines T6212 is powered by Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon 64 chip and has a built-in ATI Radeon graphics card and 512MB of dual-channel memory, expandable to 4GB. Other features include a double-layer DVD+/-RW multiformat drive and a 160GB hard drive with 2MB of cache. The eMachines T6212 is priced at $579.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

The T3985 system starts at $469.99 after the rebate. It features an Intel 2.93GHz Celeron D 340 processor, 512MB DDR SDRAM and an 80GB hard drive. The machine also comes with a 16X DVD+/-RW drive.

Gateway said the T3882 is aimed at consumers who want to run digital-media applications. The system, which will start at $369.99 after a rebate, has a 2.8GHz Celeron chip, 256MB of SDRAM memory and a CD-RW/DVD combo optical drive. It has an 80GB hard drive and six USB 2.0 ports.