Arbico's Elite 9590 HD is a fantastic desktop PC with a good balance of features, but it ultimately loses out on price in this very closely fought contest.

The Intel Core i7 950 makes its third appearance in the chart, propelling the Arbico Elite 9590 HD to an excellent score of 151 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test - CyberPower's Core i7 960-based Heaven scored only one point more. Gaming performance is considerably slower, however, with the Elite using a single HD 4890 in place of the CyberPower's two.

Although Crysis doesn't reveal much of a difference between using one or two graphics cards, other games do - including Fear, where the CyberPower scores 399fps to the Arbico Elite 9590 HD's 256fps.

The Arbico Elite 9590 HD's Asus P6T SE motherboard comes with three free memory slots and supports multiple graphics cards in CrossFireX mode, so you could easily upgrade the graphics power later should you feel the need.

If you aren't heavily into gaming, however, cutting back on the graphics is one way to make room in the budget for better components elsewhere. Arbico Elite 9590 HD has thus been able to include a 24in AOC monitor, a Blu-ray drive and a set of 5.1-channel surround-sound speakers, making the Elite a well-rounded system that's capable of HD multimedia playback as well as gaming.

In common with other systems in this chart, the Arbico Elite 9590 HD uses a trio of 500GB hard drives, two of which are striped in a Raid 0 configuration for extra performance.

The Arbico Elite 9590 HD's selected system case, the Cooler Master Elite 330, is less impressive than the NZXT case supplied with CyberPower's Gamer Infinity i7 Heaven. It offers fairly standard cooling and components in a neat and tidy but less rugged chassis.

Power PCs chart ranking: February 10 issue

  1. Chillblast Fusion Condor
  2. Eclipse Titan i795R585
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Heaven
  4. Arbico Elite 9590 HD
  5. Eclipse Titan X58 i796R489

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