The Good The Velocity Micro ProMagix E2035 is an attractive and well-built PC with a strong upgrade platform.
The Bad Not as much performance compared to PCs that cost significantly less;
The Bottom Line Velocity Micro's PCs are always easy on the eyes, and that trend continues with this midrange gaming model. We have some reservations about its performance for the cost, but if you're inclined toward upgrading you might be willing to forgive that it's a little slow today.
Velocity ProMagix E2035
Velocity Micro ProMagix E2035
Velocity Micro's newest, least-expensive Best Buy PC is not a great deal, it's merely an OK one. Aimed at the entry-level 3D gamer, the $1,499 ProMagix E2035 has most of the hardware needed to have a satisfying gaming experience. It features Velocity Micro's typical build quality and an attractive case. If Velocity had gone with one of AMD's cut-rate CPUs in this system, it probably could have delivered more immediate performance. But if you're inclined toward making future upgrades, the E2035's motherboard gives you more possibilities than an AMD-based PC can deliver right now. We recommend the Velocity Micro E2035 if you're looking for a solid foundation to expand on later. If you'd rather have more raw performance now, you can find a better deal elsewhere.
Considering the E2035's core hardware, its price tag isn't that surprising. A 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, and a 256MB Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT graphics card make for a strong midrange performance system. A 320GB hard drive provides a healthy amount of initial storage space, and there's room inside the system for three more hard drives if you need to expand. The E2035 runs Windows Vista Home Premium for its operating system, which we understand might give people reason for concern. If you want to change that aspect, or any other part of the configuration, you check out Velocity Micro's ProMagix PCX, the configurable version of this system available directly through its Web site. And yes, Velocity Micro still offers Windows XP.
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