The eMachines ET1161-03 is an excellent inexpensive system that comes from the stalwart budget computer makers. The components of the system are very common which include a dual core AMD Athlon processor, a decent size hard drive, a few GB or RAM, weak integrated graphics, some space for upgrades and an affordable price. This system would surely get the job done if you want a basic PC without any frills, but at this low price it is hard to overlook the ever more outdated parts thrown in by eMachines.
This ET1161-03 is designed in the familiar silver and black mini tower case of eMachines offering you little room compared to any web surfing based mini netbook or desktop. It includes the traditional DVD burner along with a digital media card reader and a simple ball mouse and keyboard. It also offers some space for your upgrades and also includes an internal hard drive with an optical drive, a PCIe x16 graphics card and two PCIe x1 cards. The system would function well in 250 watt power supply, and so make sure to wisely choose your upgrades while a high powered graphics card might even overload the system. However there are no open DIMM slots and so in order to upgrade the memory you will have to erase some out.
This ET1161-03 has a traditional crapware suspect as it includes Microsoft Office 60 day trial, eMachines games powered by WildTanget, ads for EarthLink and a short 60 day trial copy of Norton 360 antivirus. Additionally the ET1161-03 is designed with a dual-core Athlon X2 4400+ processor which is basically a budget AMD processor. It is hard to expect great performance from this budget PC. As the device has a previous GeForce 6150 integrated graphics it might not run the regular DX10 games. You will have to install the DX10 capable graphics card in the PCIe x16 slot of the system to play games but the system might hardly manage it well.
This system was capable to gather a sub 400 score wit the 3DMark06 test. It completed the Windows Media Encoder test easily in a minute and 32 seconds but it took more than a minute to finish the Photoshop CS3 test. Therefore if you are looking for a speedy PC that can replace your old slower one then it is probably not the right option. When the system was compared to Lenovo Idea Centre K210 budget system the ET1161-03 is a bit more affordable while the other offers your money’s worth. The K210 is much lighter on crapware while also features an antibacterial keyboard and boasts of having recent technology. If web browsing is your primary requirements then the ASUS Eee Box is a great option. Overall, the eMachine ET1161-03 is a competent budget computer and having a price tag of around $400 it would surely get attention of the people. However for this lower price you would get a yesterday’s technology system. This does not mean it is a bad PC, but there are still great bargain systems if you need a faster and more attractive desktop system.