Pros

  • Great overall performance
  • A wide variety of connections

Cons

  • Lots of screws: frustrating upgrades
  • Below-average storage capacity

At A Glance

For the price, this system is a killer performer that falters a little in graphics, but still rivals top gaming PCs overall.

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7 920
Processor speed 2660.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Monitor model number Samsung SyncMaster 245BW
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset EVGA e-GeForce GTX 285
Video Bus PCI Express
Storage
Raid type none
Drive size 1000.0 GB
Expansion slots
Open PCI Express X16 Slots 2.0
Open PCI Express X1 Slots 1.0
Number of PCI slots 2.0
Number of PCI-Express Slots 4.0
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x8)
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (front) (x3)
  • FireWire Port (rear)
Ethernet Type Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Slots 4
Parallel Port No
Memory
Memory size 3072.0 MB
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
Second Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit)
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)
External Drive Bays 3.0
Internal Drive Bays 6.0

Performance

Overall Rating
WorldBench 6 Score 153.0
WorldBench 6 Rating Superior
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 152.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 309.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 173.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 298.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 293.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 183.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 90.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 706.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 160.0   seconds (lower is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 178.0
Gaming
Overall Graphics Score Superior
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1024x768 250.38   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1680x1050 208.85   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1920x1200 183.91   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 2560x1600 125.31   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1024x768 163.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1680x1050 153.99   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1920x1200 146.11   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 2560x1600 101.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 2560x1600 85.77   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 1920x1200 128.77   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 1680x1050 148.57   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 1024x768 162.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 2560x1600 132.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 1920x1200 163.97   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 1680x1050 164.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 1024x768 164.2   Frames per second (higher is better)