Compaq Presario SR2050NX

Compaq Presario SR2050NX Budget Desktop PC
Compaq Presario SR2000. ©Compaq

Since the release of the Presario SR2050NX, Compaq was purchased by HP and the Compaq product lines and since been discontinued for consumers. As a result, the Compaq Presario SR2050NX is no longer available for sale. If you are currently looking for a low cost desktop system, check out the Best Desktop PCs Under $400 list for systems that are currently available. The system is not sold with a monitor either so you would probably want to check out the Best 24-inch LCDs for a low cost compatible display.

The Bottom Line

Oct 26 2006 - Compaq's Presario SR2050NX is overall a very solid machine with good overall performance. It especially is great for those that need a large amount of hard drive space for storage. Users also get a fair amount of installed software. It is only held back from being great by its older Pentium D processor which is not quite as fast as newer processor options. As with most budget systems, graphics are also not really a priority.


  • Full Gigabyte Memory
  • Strong Software Suite
  • Large Hard Drive


  • Older Pentium D Processor
  • Power Supply Limits Graphics Upgrades


  • Intel Pentium D 820 Dual-Core Processor
  • 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
  • 250GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner with LightScribe
  • ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Integrated Graphics with 256MB Shared Memory
  • Intel HDA Audio
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem and 10/100 Ethernet
  • Seven USB 2.0, Two FireWire and 9-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows XP MCE, Works 8, Sonic Digital Media, MyDVD, Norton Internet Security

Review - Compaq Presario SR2050NX

Oct 26 2006 - The Compaq Presario SR2050NX is powered by the older generation Pentium D 820 dual core processor. While this is a step up from older single core processors when it comes to multitasking performance, its performance falls behind the Athlon 64 X2 and newer Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors.

On the plus side, the system does come with a full gigabyte of PC2-4200 DDR2 memory letting it run most applications without a problem.

Storage is quite good for the Presario SR2050NX. Data and program storage is provided by a 250GB hard drive that is on the higher end of what can be found in a budget system. In addition to this, a 16x DVD+/-RW dual layer DVD burner is included for playing or recording CDs and DVDs. This drive also supports LightScribe compatible media for burning labels directly to the discs. In addition to this, there are seven USB 2.0 ports for peripherals and two FireWire for use with high speed external storage or download digital video from digital camcorders.

Like most budget desktops, Compaq relies on an integrated graphics processor for the Presario SR2050NX. In this case, they use the ATI Radeon Xpress 200 controller that has improved performance over the Intel integrated graphics but still lacks much of the performance needed for 3D gaming graphics. The system does include a PCI-Express graphics card slot for upgrading. As with most manufacturer systems though, it features a relatively low wattage power supply which means that it will be limited in what graphics cards it can use.

As with most desktop systems, a monitor is not included with the system by dafult meaning you will have to spend more to get a display to use with it.

Networking features include a standard v.92 56Kbps modem for those that still use dial-up Internet services. In addition to this, there is an integrated Fast Ethernet port for use in home networking and hooking up the system to a broadband high speed modem.

One strong thing going for the Compaq systems is the software bundle. It includes the MS Works productivity software plus multimedia an security applications that cover just about anything that a new computer might require. Of course, many of these are designed to autoload at start-up which can reduce performance and take up space on the hard drive. It is recommended that consumers remove any unwanted software.

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