Gateway DX110 series

Gateway's entry-level desktop PC series features Intel's budget Celeron D processors and comes in two preconfigured models, each of which offer a slight degree of customization. The DX110S starts at $400 for a Celeron D 331 processor, 512MB of memory, and a 160GB hard drive. The $640 DX110X doubles the memory, upgrades you from a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive to a DVD burner, and adds a 17-inch LCD to the mix. Both models feature an attractive midtower case with a BTX design for quiet operation. These Celeron D-based systems are capable of handling basic productivity tasks, e-mail, and Web browsing, but we prefer Gateway's own eMachines PCs (see the T6524 or the T6420) because they deliver more bang for the buck. The two current Gateway DX110 models are not too far removed from the previous DX100X, which we reviewed in January. The biggest change for the new models is the move to the ATI Xpress 200 chipset and the addition of a x16 PCI Express slot, which makes it possible to upgrade to a discrete graphics card.