Pacstar AMD Business PC

Seeking out the budget PC buyer, Pacstar has tailored the AMD business PC to be proficient at multitasking and it won't burn a hole in your pocket. While it won't make the grade as a gaming PC, it would be feasible to run it as a media centre hub.

Running on an AMD Sempron 3100+, with 512MB of DDR400 RAM, it scored an 81 in WorldBench 5. This score isn't a huge head-turner, but with an $899 price tag, it is fairly special when you consider that the Dell Dimension 5150 priced at $1798 only turned in a WorldBench score of 75 (granted, the Dimension's other specs were much better). However, if this is just for office applications, then it is a pretty good buy, but you may want to see if you can extend the warranty. One year for business hardware is probably a little insufficient.

For graphics performance, the AMD Business PC performed terribly as expected, relying on an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6100. Scoring just 613 in 3DMark 2005, it will play video fine, but that is about all. However, there is one PCIe slot on the Asrock K8NF4G motherboard for upgradeability. Despite the fact there is no LCD monitor included, the Philips CRT does a great job and helps keep the cost down.

Verdict: For $899 you would be struggling to get the parts on their own, let alone all the parts and an operating system with Nero and Power DVD. This is a great bargain for anybody looking to get a new PC on-the-cheap.

Specifications: AMD Sempron 3100+; 512MB DDR400 RAM; 80GB hard drive; 16x DVD+RW; Soloman SSP01 233 speakers; 8 x USB 2.0 ports; 17in CRT display; integrated NVIDIA GF 6100; Power DVD, Nero.


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