Just in time for the cricket season, the beige is back! The TI AMD Power 3700 chassis looks very early '90s, as does the chunky 19in CRT flatscreen monitor that, at 18.5kg, is sure to test the structural integrity of your desk, your back and your medical insurance policy.
"Power" is an apt name for this computer, since it is a strong performer in its price category. Turning out scores of 93 for WorldBench and 3997 for 3DMark, the TI AMD Power 3700 makes your processing power per dollar very good value at $1700. With two standard fans inside cooling, it does make a fair bit of noise, so the bundled duster 3D-502 speakers, whilst being far from top of the line, will come in handy.
Inside this beige beauty is a 128MB Leadtek GeForce 6600GT, two sticks of 512MB DDR400 RAM and an AMD 64 3700 CPU. The mid-tower case has ample room for upgrades, with three vacant 5.25in drive bays, and one empty 3.25in. The Gigabyte GA K8NF-9 motherboard has two more available RAM slots and three PCI slots. TI has catered well for storage by including a DVD-RW drive and 400GB of hard disk space spread of two drives for those that like their video or backing up their data.
It may not look that cool, and the monitor might take up a lot of real estate, but at $1700 it is a powerful desktop PC for those on a tight budget.
TI AMD Power 3700
Verdict: Powerful computing on a shoestring budget. A great all-rounder at a low price.
Phone: 1300 132 682
Warranty: 2 years parts, 5 years labour RTB
Specifications: AMD 64 3700 CPU, NVIDIA nForce 4 chipset, 128MB Leadtek GeForce 6600GT PCI Express, 19in Samsung CRT, 2 x 200GB Maxtor hard disks, 2 x 512MB DDR400 RAM, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 6 x USB 2.0, FireWire, mid-tower, 5 x 5.25 and 2 x 3.5in drive bays.