Losing out to the Arbico purely on price, the Chillblast Fusion Turismo is a worthy contender. Another system based on the Intel Core i7 920, the Chillblast scored 137 points in our WorldBench 6 speed test.

Using an nVidia GeForce GTX 285 graphics card fitted with 1GB of memory, the Chillblast Fusion Turismo delivers excellent gaming performance. It also comes with a set of surround-sound speakers, complete with a subwoofer, and a Blu-ray drive. This is in addition to the 22-speed DVD drive.

The Chillblast Fusion Turismo's 24in full-HD Acer display delivers good image quality and comes with dual inputs. It's a great choice for watching Blu-ray movies, although it lacks an HDMI input for hooking up your games console.

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Antec's Three Hundred system case is reassuringly sturdy, stylish and robust. It offers plenty of cooling, including dual fans at the front and a top-mounted fan at the rear. USB ports are conveniently placed at the top of the Chillblast Fusion Turismo's front panel.

The Asus motherboard is a decent model that offers three 16x PCI Express slots, but it misses a trick by neglecting to add scaleable link interface (SLI) support, which lets you add a second graphics card. The Chillblast Fusion Turismo's internal cabling is extremely tidy, too - the mark of a carefully thought-out system.

Like the Arbico, Chillblast supplies three 500GB hard drives with the Fusion Turismo. Two are combined in a high-performance Raid 0 configuration; a third is left free for backups.

Chillblast's two-year collect-and-return warranty provides further peace of mind.

Chart rankings: Power desktop PCs (October 09 issue)

  1. Eclipse Armageddon X58-i795N275
  2. Arbico Elite i7890 HD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Turismo
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix
  5. Chillblast Fusion Thunder


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