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eMachines budget PC struggles to beat competition

eMachines budget PC struggles to beat competition. Our only complaint is with the hardware itself.

If you don't have a sack full of $100 bills to spend on a desktop computer, don't worry! All is not lost; the world of budget PCs are a great option for you. Vendors are champing at the bit to release round after round of sub-$500 PCs. After all, some people just want a computer for basic applications: MP3 playback, word processing, Internet surfing, etc.

The eMachines ET1161-03 is just one system in its budget line that won't break the bank. It features a 2.3GHz AMD Athlon 64 dual-core processor, 3GB of RAM, an integrated graphics chip, and a 320GB hard drive. The chassis is nothing special, as you'd expect for the price, but there are actually subtle details that make the eMachines somewhat worth the price. For example, there's a comprehensive expansion card reader for transferring photos directly to the computer and the inside leaves adequate room for future expansion.

Our only complaint is with the hardware itself. After performing speed benchmarking, we've determined that the competition offers a better deal for $50 more. Check out our full review for more details.

Read our full review of the eMachines ET1161-03.