WHAT'S NOT: Systemax ships minimal documentation with this PC. The manual contains a section on setting up the system and on basic usage, but it doesn't provide much advice on troubleshooting or upgrading. The system's rear ports were not labeled. Only a single PCI slot is available for expansion, though our test system came well equipped.
WHAT ELSE: While 2.53-GHz P4 processors are getting all the attention lately, the 2.4-GHz P4 still gets the work done. With the latter CPU and 512MB of 266-MHz DDR memory, this Systemax Venture-SU24 earned a score of 119 on our PC WorldBench 4 tests--average for similar systems, but a high mark nonetheless. A color setup poster aids in system assembly.
UPSHOT: A well-rounded system that only looks basic, this Systemax Venture-SU24 offers solid performance and multimedia features. By Joel Strauch