TI Computers AMD VALUE 1000

Considering this machine is under $1000, it sure packs a lot of speed under its bonnet.

To keep costs down and to maintain fast performance for this system, TI has opted to use slightly older components. Instead of using a motherboard with a 939-pin CPU socket and a PCI Express (PCIe) graphics slot, TI has gone with an AGP-based Gigabyte GA-K8VT800 motherboard with a 754-pin Athlon 64 3400+ CPU and 512MB of RAM. This produced a magnificent score of 97 in PC WorldBench 5 and indicates that the machine can be used capably for tasks such as photo editing, video editing, creating office presentations, using the Internet and for watching movies. The last is aided by the inclusion of an LG double-layer DVD burner, which means you will also be able to back up any data you store on the installed 80GB Seagate Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive. Graphics power is understandably weak in a system such as this, so don't expect to be able to play many of the latest 3-D games. We got a score of 1305 out of its ATI Radeon 9550-based AGP graphics card in 3Dmark 2005, but for viewing and editing large photos, this card should be more than adequate. The 17in LG CRT monitor is also excellent for displaying images, and it matches the overall styling of the system.

The case that TI has used is a mid-tower with a 400W power supply. It has plenty of space to upgrade your drive capacity. TI has built the system very neatly and ensured that no loose cables get in the way of the CPU cooler.

VERDICT This machine is a great buy for those looking for a basic and inexpensive new PC. It comes with a CRT monitor and has plenty of speed.

TI Computers AMD Value 1000
Price: $999
Vendor: TI Computers
Phone: (02) 9437 5437
URL: www.ticomputers.com.au
SPECIFICATIONS: 17in LG Studioworks 710S CRT monitor; Gigabyte GA-K8VT800 motherboard; Socket 754 AMD Athlon 64 3400+ CPU; 1 x 512MB DDR RAM; 80GB Seagate SATA drive; 128MB GuxCube Radeon 9550 AGP graphics; LG DL DVD burner; 10/100 Ethernet; 8x USB 2.0; 6-channel audio; serial, parallel and PS/2 ports; corded keyboard, optical mouse; speakers; Windows XP Home.

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