It doesn't have any features that stand up and whack you across the head, but the Evesham Solar Storm is well put together. It seems to have carefully followed the £751-£1,000 PC blueprint for success.

  1. Chillblast Fusion Raider 6600
  2. Mesh Elite GTS Media
  3. Evesham Solar Storm
  4. CyberPower Infinity 860
  5. Zoostorm 4-6405 Advanced PC

Third place

The Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 is a capable processor that produces a nice turn of pace, even beating the CyberPower E6700. It wasn't quite able to match the carefully tailored Chillblast PC (left), however. The Solar's 2GB of PC2-5300 DDR RAM acts as a nice complement - performance clearly isn't a problem here.

The 320GB hard drive isn't as large as the storage found on some PCs in this category, although this should be more than enough space for most users.

The graphics sub-system isn't the most exhilarating we've seen, with the 19in GNR TS902W flat-panel offering a solid but fairly uninspired image. Add the 320MB version of the GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card and you have a PC that's proficient but lacking in the visual fireworks you get from the Chillblast.

The sound system is a significant plus point, though. It can't match the 5.1-channel speakers of the Mesh, but you can still expect high-calibre sonics from this machine. The software bundle is also decent, with BullGuard Security Suite a nice addition. This is one of Evesham's best recent PCs. With slightly better graphics, it might well have picked up a Recommended award.

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