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John W Jul 28, 2005, 09:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Everyone keeps telling me that Emachines are garbage, but there's a new Emachines T6522 at Circuit City that has awesome specs. CHECK IT OUT YOURSELF

AMD 64 Athlon Processor +3500
1 GB of DDR DIMM RAM
ATI Radeon 200 XPress 128mb Graphics
TV Tuner (unspecified)
XP Media Center
4 DDR DIMM RAM slots
7 USB ports
3 PCI and 1 PCI Xpress expansion slots

NOW CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS, CHECK 4 URSELF

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/eMachines-Desktop-Media-Center-...tDetail.do


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David Jul 28, 2005, 09:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
It has onboard graphics and no guarentee of any decent expansion options (doesnt say if it has PCI-E x16). You'l struggle with to play any of the games released in the last few years.

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Sean Costello Jul 28, 2005, 09:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
if its for media center use than i suppose its good

gaming nope
i have an eMachines it only has pci slots so i have to use this crappy MX400 64mb (S.W.A.T. 4 plays fine on low settings that is)

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Lou Bot Jul 28, 2005, 09:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Dave click on the SPECIFICATION tab. It does have PCI-E & 3 PCI. FYI it comes with Windows Media Center not sure how it differs from Windows XP or if Media Center can play video games without acting funky.

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David Jul 28, 2005, 09:55pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
"It does have PCI-E & 3 PCI"

It doesnt say if its PCI-E x16 or PCI-E x1. Its just a bit dodgy, if it was x16 surely they'd say so? its a good selling point.

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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
It looks like a good deal, if your never gonna play any games with it, then it should be fine. Its got a 3500+ and 1GB of ram, that will blow through everday programs like Word, IE, Firefox, Excel, etc. And it will even be able to do much more complex stuff like Photoshop, video editing, and music. And its got the MCE 2005 OS, so thats good if you want to watch TV and stuff.

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amdfreak22 Jul 28, 2005, 10:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Depends on the motherboard and the type of memory, too. I know that's how Dell gets you, they highlight the seemingly good components and then don't specify the CRAP that's on the inside. I'd just rather not have to sit and look at something that said Dell, E-machine, or HP. Also depends on how important modding, case cooling, and that kind of stuff is, too. I really do believe the only time you are better buying a system rather than building it is if you are monitor, keyboard, and speakerless. Because with those components added in, sometimes you can get a deal and low grade systems. But for mid to high-grade, I'd rather build and customize it myself. Just personal preference. Not saying it's horrible though!

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Sean Costello Jul 28, 2005, 10:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
yeah i just did some research and it does have PCI-Express x16

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Adam Kolak Jul 28, 2005, 10:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
But does can its powersupply handle a new graphics card? (you won't need one if your not going to play games)

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Lou Bot Jul 28, 2005, 10:31pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
It's Circuit City so the only selling point they will tell a customer is: it's a good price and fast. BTW, it looks decent, good buy if you plan to burn your DVD movies onto it and hook up the PC to your TV. The H.D.D. is big enough to store recorded TV shows.

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garrett m Jul 28, 2005, 10:40pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
seems great for every day usage

awful for games...

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Hans Moleman Jul 29, 2005, 01:22am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Regardless of the specs, keep in mind that it is an E Machine computer. These computers are inconsistent, break often, have horrible tech support, and an all around terrible reputation. You may run into a small number of people who have Emachines that work well, but by far most people who have owned one (myself included) will tell you without a doubt that they are crap.

I used to sell computers and I watched people buy Emachines against my recommendations (they thought I was trying to make more money when I recommended something else) because they wanted to be cheap and buy a computer for $300. Many of them came back angry at what a piece of garbage it was and complaining that they would wait on the phone forever for tech support people only to get some guy who could barely speak english and didn't understand their problem. Trust me, you're setting yourself up for dissapointment if you let yourself get fooled by seemingly good specs from a garbage brand..

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John W Jul 29, 2005, 01:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Ok, thanks a lot guys! I will definately drop this computer, since i need it for FPS and MMORPG's like WoW, Guild Wars, Rainbow Six 4 Lockdown, and Counterstrike.

I appreciate everything, but if anyone would like to tell me let me in on a good gaming computer that won't cost over 1000, Dad issues.

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Adam Kolak Jul 29, 2005, 01:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Have you ever thought of building one?

We can certainly show you some really good parts that will add up to one fast gaming machine for under $1000.

If building one is completely 100% not an option then you may want to check out my 2 favorite built to order computer companys : abspc.com and velocitymicro.com
Stay away from Cyberpower, Ibuypower, dell, hp/compaq, gateway/emachines, sony, alienware, and pretty much everyone else.

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Hans Moleman Jul 29, 2005, 07:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 29, 2005, 07:18pm EDT

 
>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Sadly he's right. If you want a good gaming machine for a decent price either you'll have to build it or have someone build it for you.

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ron stone Aug 01, 2005, 02:02pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Check out the specs...
- processor: AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 2.2GHz, Venice S939
- cache: 128kb primary, 512kb secondary
- memory: Slots A0,A1 have 512MB each; A2,A3 are empty
- moboard: MSI RS480R2 (MS-7093)
- chipset: ATI Radeon Express 200
- BIOS: Phoenix LTD 6.00 PG 04/29/2005
- disk: 200.3GB useable storage
- CD/DVD: TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H552B CDROM Drive
- network: Realtek RTL8139/810x Fast Ethernet NIC
- software: Windows XP Media Center, SP-2 (build 2600)
The system comes with a TV tuner card and IR remote.


So with a good video card(which it has room for--pci 16--)
I see this as a GREAT gaming machine.
Emachines gets higher ratings than anyone for reliability in pc magazine and
Not to mention it comes with xm mce 2005 with remote and a GOOD tv tuner card--it has the ati theatre 550 pro chip.
I am not seeing the downside to this....for 650.00 I doubt anyone here could build a better pc. The chip alone is like 260, the tv card is 80, win mce with remote is 150---thats almost 500 right there. Looks like a solid deal to me and by the way I called emachines on sunday morning...I waited 2 minutes to speak with an american---unlike dell.


Butch Searle-spratt Aug 01, 2005, 06:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Hello everyone. My first post. I am wondering why some here feel this is not a good gaming machine. I am assuming it is because of the video card, but not sure. Hopefully some of you have an answer for this. Also, the type of gaming I am interested in are RTS type games. Do these require the same quality of video card as say Doom3 or other similar type games? The system requirements for say Empire Earth 2 seem to indicate that this system would be more than adequate to run the game. Thanx in advance for any help.
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heat sink Aug 01, 2005, 07:27pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
i bought a t6212 and just finished pimping it out, its around 4k with a 6600gt in 3dmark05 which is a good score. The t6212 has a msi 7093 mobo with the xpress 200 chipset same as that computer, i tried playing some games before i upgraded it and it wasn't aweful but heh integrated video always speaks for itself......... i also had to upgrade the crappy 300 watt psu that came with it. So heres what to do, if your not afraid to get your hands dirty go for it, just make sure you upgrade psu, memory and get a decent pci express video card....

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Erjan Calgaz Aug 01, 2005, 10:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
FYI all-

I bought one a couple days ago and installed a ATI X800XL graphics card (actually thinking about returning it to get an SLI-compatible one for future big time upgrade e.g. 7800)

Anyway, I have overclocked the graphics card to 438.8 clock and 1107 memory (no other mods) and scored a 5320 on 3DMark05. I think thats pretty good for under a grand all told... Someone correct me if I am wrong please!

(stock specs for graphics card 398.3 and 985.5 = 4595 3DMark05)

Butch Searle-spratt Aug 03, 2005, 10:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Here's an interesting review of the integrated graphics capabilities of the Radeon Express 200. For $700 or so after rebate at CC this machine is looking better and better.

http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews/RadeonXpress/onboardgfx.htmr.


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Edited: Aug 03, 2005, 10:36pm EDT

 
>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Guys, dont expect this machine to run graphics without a card. Simple as that. I got four hundered something on 3Dmark05 w/no graphics card. Terrible.... My Athon 1600 and Radeon 9550 scored 634.

Im new to the forums... no one should expect good performance from an on-board video processor... has one ever been made that does well?


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