Gateway Introduces Sleek, Low Cost Desktops Starting at $379

Remember Gateway? The bulk OEM is a bit of an obscure name these days, having been scooped up by Acer several years ago and no longer serving direct-to-consumer sales via its website or by telephone. Nevertheless, Gateway is still plugging away, its systems found at places like TigerDirect, and today we were given a heads up of new SX and DX Series desktops primarily aimed at students, though penny-pinchers should take notice, too.

Gateway's DX Series desktops are the more performance oriented of the two. The new DX towers have a modern flair to them, and underneath the hood you'll find up to an Intel Core i7 3770 (Ivy Bridge) processor, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, up to 2TB of hard drive storage, and expansion opportunities by way of PCI-E x16 and PCI-E x1 slots. Pricing starts at a reasonable $499.

For students living in cramped dorm rooms or anyone looking to save space, Gateway's new SX Series desktops pack up to an AMD quad-core A8-3820 processor into a sleek and compact tower that takes up a third of the space of a standard desktop, the OEM claims. It has a grip-like texture to prevent slipping, and a recessed section on top to hold your digital gear, like MP3 players and the such.

Other features include AMD Radeon HD 6550 graphics (select systems), up to 8GB of RAM and 1TB of hard drive storage, nine USB 2.0 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and a media card reader. Pricing starts at $379.

Both the SX and DX Series are available now at "leading retailers," Gateway says.