Pros Great Athlon 64 Processor, 200GB Seagate HDD also SATA Compatible, DVD-Burner runs heck fast, Media Center OS 2005, Good Intergrated Graphics with x16 Express Slot
Cons Very Noisy while playing games and media productivity, Lots of Garbage Software installed that ruin performance, Cheap chassis parts, Horrible Recovery CD Maker Software
Summary I got this one month ago and the price glued me on this computer. I know this is a budget PC, but the meat and potatoes makes it still solid of a mid-end media center and gaming machine. The AMD Athlon 64 processor rocks and the 200 GB Seagate HDD (if you are lucky to get one included in the machine, I did) rocks for a comp like this, 1 GB DDR Memory was standard and ATI's Radeon Express X200 was a good intergrated graphics system for low-end gaming.
So I bought it and I was dissapointed on the chassis quality, upgrading my secondary HDD took ages when I had to pry open the case cover to the computer's inside and I also find one stripped bolt being attached at the primary HDD. I got around those problems by able to remove the strip bolt with a big screwdriverand replacing with one of my own screws and practiced opening and closing the case.
The Nero burning software and Cyberlink DVD software is cool and easy to use but the Norton and Macafee security software screw up my computer badly and really destroys performance. I deleted both and got Spybot and my current MacAfee VirusScan 9.0 installed instead with Windows firewall. Performance improved within the next reboot.
I also put a Radeon X600 on the x16 slot and graphics became even better and performance improved and the games ran smoothly like BF2 but it freqently overheats and is noisy when playing games, which I now got used to.
The Recovery software sucks too by only letting you make one copy of the recovery CD which sucks cause I always lose CD's but I have the Recovery CD's right now in my shelf nearby.
Overall a great machine in my opinion. It is a budget PC so quality isn't the best but for me I was able to fix them all and the computer is great for mid-end gaming and media using and the OS is just superb!!! If you are in a budget but want a machine with a lot of performance, this is the one tuly if you are ready for some quality flaws.Updated
The CPU of the T6520 is a 734 Socket, but after recent debate on the CNET and other tech forums, I did some research to see if the T6520 is a 939-Socket or a 724-Socket computer. Turns out, it is a 939-Socket Motherboard but to reduce the cost of making the computer, uses a 734-Socket CPU. This computer can be upgraded to a Athlon 64 4000+
Pros Fast processor, plenty of ram, excellent DVD burner, Excellent port availability
Cons Slow hard drive, Older 754 CPU socket (Not upgradeable with the latest Athlons)
Summary This machine makes an excellent bargain for someone looking for a lot of CPU horsepower without spending a large amount of money. The system has a capable ATI Xpress 200 built in graphics processor which is fine for casual game playing. The hard drive is a low end Western Digital with only 2mb of buffer. Fine for day to day use, but definitely a bottleneck. With an available PCI Express 16x slot, the machine offers good upgradeability. The AMD64 3400 has plenty of power to spare.
"Excellent!"on by aeo1534
Pros Very strong system
Cons Better speakers are needed. Memory card reader needs to also handle xD cards
Summary My system came with the Athlon 64 3400+ that runs very well. My system also has four (4) memory slots that support up to 1 gig a piece (not only two like so other reports). For the money this system blows a comparable Dell system away!!!
Pros Processor is extremely fast and does everything I want to do. I maxed RAM with another gig. Added ATI Radeon X1500 video card and Soundblaster Audigy 4 with Boston Digital speakers. Makes for one great media machine. Mic/audio out on front is great!
Cons 2 gig RAM limit; crappy speakers; unit runs a bit loud for my tastes and could stand a better sound insulating case
Summary I'm not a "gamer" but do enjoy viewing videos/DVDs and the Athlon 64 has met all my needs. That I've owned it four plus years and had not a single problem with the computer speaks for its quality build. The only problems I've encountered were with defective software and the driver on my Logitech web cam basic (latest drivers!) cause the computer to crash occasionally so I tend to keep it disconnected unless I was to use Skype or take a quick snap. Would I buy another E-Machine? You bet!
Pros Fast enough for just about everything I throw at it, upgradeable, clean, lots of expansion ports, good basic software package.
Cons Have to burn your own restore CD's
Summary I bought this machine right after it came out and use it for web design, fairly hard-core photo, sound, and video editing, web browsing, basic office stuff, and a game or two (mainly SimCity 4). It's had speed aplenty, although I'm considering upgrading to 2gb RAM (and 2 years later it's definitely still strong enough to handle the upgrade - I can see myself keeping it for another 5 good years). Came with a nice selection of apps - Nero for CD/DVD burning, Microsoft Money, and Works. And, of course, the Media Center Edition of XP (which I appreciate since it's based on XP Pro). I use it some for testing Linux distros and server configurations (with a 2nd hard drive I installed). The drive was a breeze to put in due to the nicely designed case, and it looked like the RAM upgrade would be pretty simple too. Has a DVD/CD burner plus an extra CD-Rom drive for easy copying. Obviously, you won't be looking to buy one of these new since they're not made anymore, but if you happen to find one used, go for it. Just make sure the owner burned the restore CD's in the beginning so you can get the system up and running (or go to shipit.ubuntu.com if not & offer $100 less than the asking price : )