Gateway FX 6840-01e Desktop Gaming System
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 09-27-2010
Provided by: Gateway

As mentioned earlier, the left side panel is held in place with two screws. Once removed, the panel slides off for easy access to the interior.

Looking inside, we find a pretty typical looking manufactured PC but I will give Gateway credit for attempting some cable management. It may not look like much, but several of the cables are run behind the motherboard tray.

The motherboard is built on a green PCB and is running an H57 chipset. Expansion slots include one PCI-e x16 slot, two PCI-e x1 slots and a standard PCI slot. The PCI-e x16 slot is loaded with an ATI Radeon HD 5570 graphics card with 1024MB of memory.

The CPU cooler has a tunnel to channel cool air from the vented left side panel. All four memory slots are occupied, each with 2GB modules of Samsung PC3-10600 RAM.

The power supply is a 500 watt unit from FSP Group with an 80 Plus Bronze certification. The included hard drive is a Seagate Barracuda 1TB drive spinning at 7200 RPM.

Gateway also includes a corded USB keyboard and mouse with the bundle, meaning you only need to supply a monitor for a fully functional system. The keyboard is black, full size and features island-style keys, the latest trend in keyboards. Despite its reasonably good looks, the board feels a bit cheap and would likely be replaced by any serious gamer. The same can be said for the mouse, a scroll wheel unit with side buttons. It gets the job done but don't expect much more than that. Of course, most all manufactured PCs include subpar input peripherals, so this isn't really anything shocking.

Let's continue ahead and have a look at the included software bundle.

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