This ultra-budget RL Supplies Modula 9010 Windows 7 PC either belongs at the top of the chart or at the bottom - or possibly both. Where the competition all cost £499 or £500, the Modula 9010 comes in at a good £110 less. With this in mind, we weren't expecting a great deal from it in terms of performance.

Based on a 2.9GHz AMD Athlon II X2 245, the dual-core RL Supplies Modula 9010 offers rather less processing power, but it's still within the range where many users wouldn't really notice its slower speed; a 91-point score in WorldBench 6 indicates a perfectly serviceable PC for general office and home use. It's no good for 3D games, however, because it lacks a discrete graphics card.

The RL Supplies Modula 9010 didn't manage to achieve more than 1fps in either of our games tests, reducing any 3D action to the pace of a slideshow. The integrated GeForce 7025 graphics chipset is, however, easily good enough to deliver the transparency features provided by Windows 7 and Vista's Aero interface.

Inside, the lack of a graphics card leaves all the motherboard slots free for expansion, and you could add one later. Although the motherboard supports dual-channel memory, only one of the two memory slots is occupied. This makes expansion past the RL Supplies Modula 9010's supplied 2GB a breeze.

The supplied 19in Digimate monitor supports dual inputs, but you won't be able to make use of the DVI port because the RL Supplies Modula 9010 itself doesn't have one.

Chart ranking (issue 174)

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  2. Chillblast Fusion Tempest
  3. Eclipse Solar a55R487
  4. Arbico CD8567 Pro
  5. RL Supplies Modula 9010

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