Arbico's HD7590 Pro desktop PC offers good value and performance.

Arbico's HD7590 Pro is also based on Intel's Core i5 750 processor, which offers good value and performance. Only the Eclipse offers a faster CPU in this category, and it does so at the expense of external speakers and graphics performance.

Until recently, the Arbico HD7590 Pro's ATI Radeon HD 4890 was AMD's flagship single-processor graphics card. Although it delivers excellent performance at an affordable price and beats the HD 5770 offered elsewhere in the chart, it comes without multimonitor and DirectX 11.0 support.

Note that performance results recorded here for the Arbico HD7590 Pro are artificially high. An incorrect Bios setting resulted in a low level of overclocking in our WorldBench tests, causing a speed increase of around 2 percent. We clocked the HD7590 at 138 points, but would expect it to tally closer to 134 non-clocked. This places it on a par with the Chillblast and CyberPower machines.

The up side of this error is that, while the Eclipse's Core i7 860 is undoubtedly faster than the Arbico HD7590 Pro's Core i5 750, we now know that the latter CPU's performance can be boosted to around the same level with a minor tweak.

A standard 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive are supplied with the Arbico HD7590 Pro. Two memory slots are left spare, while the Gigabyte motherboard's CrossFireX support lets you add a second graphics card. Note that the second PCI Express slot runs at only x4 speed, however.

The Arbico HD7590 Pro's 22in Acer monitor is a basic but high-quality model with an elegant, thin bezel. Although it doesn't support a full-HD screen resolution, you may find that its 1680x1050 pixels make text slightly easier on the eye.

Budget PCs chart ranking: February 10 issue

  1. Chillblast Fusion Blade
  2. Arbico HD7590 Pro
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i5 Achilles
  4. Eclipse Matrix Crossfire i786R577
  5. Mesh Matrix II 965 DX11

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