We showcase computers on our TigerDirect news site all the time. From fast ones to ultra-portable PCs, we’ve done it all. But one category that I feel gets neglected is bargain PCs that actually pull more than their fair share of the load.

A cheap PC is one thing, an inexpensive PC that has the features, functions, and power to do almost everything (albeit with a little tweaking on your part) is quite another. I’d like, therefore, to take the time to introduce you to just such a Desktop—the eMachines T5082 Refurbished Desktop PC.

This computer is making quite a stir around the TigerTV labs. Yes, we’ve seen more powerful CPUs (We saw the Intel’s Quad Core’s the minute they got off the truck, after all) and Yes, we’ve seen prettier computers. But looks and newfangled components aren’t everything—the eMachines T5082 has got an Intel Pentium 4 3.0Ghz processor, for pete’s sake. Unless you’ve got something very processor intensive, you’re not going to need more than 3.0Ghz of CPU power. And that’s not all, either.

The T5082 is cheap—well under $300.00 American Dollars. For that, you get the obligatory keyboard and speakers—but there’s a ton of features to this little desktop that make it well worth the price. A 160GB hard drive will store all of your data, documents, and multimedia. And you’ll have a whole lot of Multimedia—this thing has a 15-in-1 media card reader mounted flush on the front of the tower. The reader is finished in glossy black, in fact as towers go, this is not the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. The T5082 is actually easy to look at, though it lacks flashy, pointless attributes like see-through side panels and flashing lights and alien eyes, etc. Did I mention it comes running Windows Vista Home Basic? I’m sure I didn’t.

There’s 512MB of DDR2 memory. That can be expanded in most cases for less than 50 US dollars, and 512MB is still enough to boot up and get this puppy motoring around the Internet. (It’s a series of tubes, after all.) And as long as we’re talking about upgrades and expansion (We are. I said so.) It behooves me to point out that the inside of the T5082 desktop PC has 2 PCI slots, 1 PCI Express x1 slot, and a single PCI Express x16 slot. Strap one of our 8800 graphics cards into this tower, and it’s going to resemble the graphics equivalent of a Ford Pinto with a 5.0 Mustang engine dropped in it. If you get the reference, drop me kudos. There’s also multiple SATA connections, should you decide to install multiple screaming-fast data storage devices…I think you get what I’m getting at here.

Whether you need another computer to go in the living room (Your kids can download their brains out without filling your PC) or want to get a cheap start on a truly impressive build or mod, the eMachines T5082 is an incredibly inexpensive place to start. We’re promoting the tar out of this machine, so if you want one, you’d better get a move on. Because this is a Refurbished Model, we may not get any more once we run out. Check out the TigerTV video on the eMachines T5082 above or surf to the site below: I promise it’ll be worth your while, and worth your money.

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