IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kicking off the holiday season with a powerful new multimedia desktop PC, Gateway today announced the immediate availability of the Gateway(R) DX420 Series PC, a home system loaded with premium technologies and advanced features typically found only in the company's high-end desktops. The DX420 includes the latest Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processors, a choice of high quality graphics cards and super fast 10K Western Digital(R) Raptor(R) hard drives. Combined with RAID technology for leading reliability and increased performance, the DX420 is a powerful multimedia system that bridges the gap between value and high-end computing. Its advanced features and high degree of customization offer flexibility and solid performance to a wide range of applications. It is ideal for intermediate to experienced customers looking for a powerful mid-range desktop that can easily handle audio visual and media center duties. Starting at $599.99 and available via Gateway's Direct channels (www.gateway.com or 1-800-GATEWAY), the DX420 is an affordable, yet powerful solution for home PC enthusiasts. "Multimedia enthusiasts will find the DX420 an ideal multimedia hub for the home," said Todd Titera, senior manager, consumer desktops, Gateway. "With the breakthrough speed of the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the latest Intel P965 chipset, up to 4GB of 667MHz memory and enhanced graphics, it is powerful enough for digital content creation, gaming or media center duties, such as managing a library of MP3 music downloads or recording and watching favorite TV shows." Providing stellar video clarity and playback, the DX420 offers a wide range of discrete graphic card choices, including the 256MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 7600GS. In addition to standard 7.1 audio support, the Gateway DX420 Series comes with the option of a Creative(R) Sound Blaster(R) X-Fi Audio card for high fidelity surround sound audio capabilities, making video, games and music come to life. Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 provides an easy-to-use interface for viewing photos or video, listening to music or watching DVDs or TV. With MCE and an optional TV tuner, the DX420 can be used to watch, pause, rewind or record live TV. Photo and video buffs will find the DX420 easily handles digital video editing and photography applications. Customers wanting to pursue creative photographic endeavors such as digital scrap booking or editing home movies of soccer games, birthday parties or dance recitals will appreciate the fast processor, large amount of memory and robust storage. The superior discrete graphics options allow users to enjoy crisp, life-like images and extraordinary animation, all the time. A multi-format double-layer DVD burner and 9-in-one media card reader are included as standard, allowing for easy back up, copies, and data transfer between the PC and consumer electronic devices. With a wide range of fast hard drives, users can outfit the DX420 with speedy 150GB 10,000 RPM Raptor drives or super sized 750GB drives(1) -- providing up to 1.5TBs(2) of storage -- ample room for treasured family photographs and home videos. For those with enormous photo and/or music libraries, RAID options allow users to design the DX420 with the drives best suited to their needs; RAID 0 for increased performance or RAID 1 for data protection, providing complete redundancy of critical data or priceless photo and video images. In addition to multimedia and photography applications, the DX420 is a great solution for home office and productivity tasks. Configurations of the new Gateway DX420 PC are either Microsoft Vista(TM) capable or Microsoft Vista Premium Ready(3). Intel Viiv(TM) capable, the DX420 also provides a technology framework for easy content sharing throughout the home. Using the advanced features of Viiv, setting up and managing a home network is easier than ever. Combined with the system's wireless options or integrated 10/100 Intel Ethernet, customers can effortlessly share information among multiple PCs in the home. With RAID configurability and a uBTX chassis, it offers a high level of reliability and dependability. The BTX architecture more effectively cools internal components, allowing it to easily handle the fastest processors and power-hungry graphics. As a result, the design increases the overall reliability of the system and extends the life of key components by up to 82 percent over traditional ATX designs(4). Also, the chassis is tool-free, so customers can quickly and easily add or update cards, hard drives and optical drives. Security Features To protect the customer's data and investment, Gateway DX420 Series desktop PCs are pre-installed with a 90-day trial of McAfee Internet Security Suite(TM) (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, Firewall and Parental Control)(5). A pro-active service tool called BigFix(R) is included at no charge on all Gateway systems(6). With the customer's permission, BigFix identifies and sends messages offering updates to enhance the performance or capabilities of the PC. Gateway DX420 Series Configurations, Pricing and Availability Available now direct from Gateway, the new DX420 Series desktop PCs can be configured-to-order with popular features and technology. Ready-to-ship configurations and pricing follow: DX420B DX420S DX420X Operating System Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows XP Media Center XP Media Center XP Media Center Edition 2005 Edition 2005 XP Media Center Processor Intel(R) Intel(R) Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Core(TM) 2 Core(TM) 2 Duo E6300 Duo E6300 Duo E6300 Chipset P965 P965 P965 Viiv 1.6 Viiv 1.6 Viiv 1.6 Memory 512MB 667MHz 512MB 667MHz 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM Hard drive(2) 160GB 7200 250GB 7200 RPM 2 x 250GB 7200 RPM RPM SATA II SATA II SATA II Speakers Optional GW 2.0 GW 2.0 Media reader 9 in One 9 in One 9 in One Optical drive DVD+/- / R+/-RW DVD+/- / R+/-RW DVD+/- / R+/-RW Expansion slots 1 PCI-E x16, 1 PCI-E x16, 1 PCI-E x16, 1 PCI-E x4 and 1 PCI-E x4 and 1 PCI-E x4 and 2 PCI 2 PCI 2 PCI Display Optional 17-inch LCD 19-inch widescreen LCD Video NVIDIA 7300LE NVIDIA 7300LE NVIDIA 7300LE Limited 1-year 1-year 1-year warranty(7) Price U.S. $599.99 U.S. $799.99 U.S. $999.99 Warranty, Service and Support The new PCs are supported by the company's standard limited warranty options(7). Additional service and support options are available. Gateway's commitment to quality and reliability is evident in its award-winning line of PCs as well as in its exceptional service and support programs. The company's extensive online support center helps customers maximize their PC investment; it gives them easy access to customer support representatives and information on important issues such as warranties, technical issues and upgrading. About Gateway Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE: GTW) has been offering award-winning PCs and related products to consumers, businesses, government agencies and schools with highest quality and service and best overall value. Gateway is now the third largest PC company in the U.S. and among the top ten worldwide. The company's value-based eMachines brand is sold exclusively by leading retailers worldwide, while the premium Gateway line is available at major retailers, over the web and phone, and through its direct and indirect sales force. See www.gateway.com for more information. (1) Available October 19, 2006. (2) Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes. TB = I trillion bytes. (3) Some features available in premium editions of Windows Vista(TM) may require additional hardware (4) Accolade Engineering Solutions, January 2005. The Arrhenius Acceleration Reaction Rate Model is used to estimate the improvement in mean time to failure (MTTF) based on temperature of the component. (5) 90 days of complimentary updates included. Internet connection required. (6) Internet connection required. (7) Limited warranties and service agreements apply; visit gateway.com or call 1-800-846-2000 for a free copy. Service agreements are issued and performed by third parties. May not be available in all locations. On-site service technician will be sent if necessary, following phone-based troubleshooting. Availability varies. Other conditions apply.
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