Pros Core 2 duo, 2GB ram
Cons Need better PS if you want to upgrade the video
Summary The a1640n is an excellent value for what you get and I also agree that all you need to add is an inexpensive video card for an all around excellent computer. But... the power supply included will not handle ANY pci-e video card so ad an extra ~$100 on top of the video card. Also, as of Oct 26 Best Buy is including free upgrade to windows vista for any computer purchased.
Pros Great value. With this card - it rocks
Cons Bland exterior
Summary Many posts point out the 300w limit on a video card. True enough, but I found one that really works. The PNY GeForce 7600GS 512MB card, $129 at Comp USA. Trouble free installation, and only needs a 300w power supply.
RESULT: Without the card, HALO was a slow, disapointing experience, bogging down in battle. With this card, I can play HALO at full resolution, all the bells and whistles on, with no slow down in frame rate.
At least I die on a prettier landscape at a higher framerate...
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Pros Memory, CPU, Exandability, Silence, DVD Burner
Cons Integrated Graphics
Summary Don't let the integrated graphics confuse you. I got this computer for $859 (after rebate) with a 17" display. I have just placed a NVidia 7950GT graphics card in here and it runs smoothly.
This computer is exceptionally quiet (on par with a Mac); for the money, you can't get a better configuration without insider discounts. I can't even build a computer that beats these specs, for cheaper. With the graphics card, my total came to around $1100 and I have a strong gaming system. This computer will last me at least 2 before I need to upgrade, to keep up with gaming.
For home users, you don't need to add anything. This is a perfect computer that will last you for years, with no slow downs. It's quiet, so if you leave it in your living areas, you won't constantly look over to hear the fans whirring. It's great and worth your money.
Pros everything but a video card and power supply
Cons 300-watt power supply
Summary I haven't purchased this system, but by all appearances it looks great for gaming. That is, of course, if you upgrade the power supply to 400 watts or more and add a decent video card. This said, why is CNET completely dismissing this system for gaming? Just because it has no video card??? Buy one. I like the opportunity to choose my own card, anyway.
Pros Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR2, HD Sound, Lightscribe DVD
Cons No Video, No Second Drive
Summary Great machine that runs strong. NEED to add the video card and then this competes with the best on the shelf. For those who can't wait for Quad-Core or the next chip, this will hold you for awhile! Memory has 2 open slots to easily take it to 4GB. Quiet machine that just adds to the positives. Would like a second drive. All drives are Serial not IDE...