Re: Are these computers good?
Well, as far as the laptop goes, a screen that small is almost never good for gaming, and if the laptop's graphics card is on-board, then i'm pretty sure you can't upgrade it(maybe with large amounts of cash). Also, with the M processor, you're going to probably be dissapointed at the performance of the pc. Another thing I don't get, is why manufacturer's are shipping with 512 ram when vista's recommended ram is 1GB, yes, you can run vista at 512, but you will notice a major performance issue(Vista can handle up to 8GB in the 32 bit, i think). Vista basic won't get you a lot of the new feature's and one of the biggest advantages of vista is DX10, which it doesn't seem that on-board graphics card supports(don't know what kinds of games you play).
The desktop can be upgraded later, but it would probably be cheaper to just buy a computer thats slightly more expensive now, then buy the parts individually later(again, depends on what you do with the computer). But as a rule of thumb, I don't buy from big box stores, and I don't buy e-machines. Just my opinion. And I rarely go with integrated graphics, unless I don't want to do anything even remotely resembling gaming.
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