Beaten on both day-to-day and gaming performance, Chillblast’s Fusion Blizzard offers some nice multimedia options.

With a slower AMD Athlon X2 245 under the hood, Chillblast’s Fusion Blizzard is unable to keep up with the Phenom-powered Arbico or the speedier quad-core machines in the chart. Although it scores fractionally higher in WorldBench 6 than our Best Buy PC, these tests don’t push the CyberPower’s four cores to their full potential as they do with the Chillblast’s two.

The Chillblast Fusion Blizzard's nVidia GeForce GT 240 graphics card is also outpaced by the gaming framerates of the top two. You’re therefore unlikely to get as satisfactory an experience from this PC as you would from the leading systems, with the Blizzard offering neither the speed of the faster systems, nor the extensive software support of the lower-placed Packard Bell.

To its credit, it comes with a rather nice 19in Acer monitor and the Chillblast Fusion Blizzard is the only system here to be supplied with a set of speakers and a subwoofer. So it’s a shame that the screen doesn’t have a digital DVI port.

A standard 4GB of DDR2 memory is installed, along with a 500GB hard drive. The Chillblast Fusion Blizzard's upgrade options are rather limited, with no free memory slots and only a PCI Express x1 slot and a standard PCI slot available for expansion cards.

The Chillblast is an attractive system, with its glossy black case adorned in a silver trim and an illuminated power switch surround. A pair of front-facing USB ports and audio jacks are also conveniently placed.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (issue 176)

  1. CyberPower Ultra Athenna Elite
  2. Arbico Phenom 5570HD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Blizzard
  4. Packard Bell x5620uk
  5. RL Supplies Modula 9010

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