If you're a keen gamer, the Eclipse i786R587 power desktop PC is for you, with a considerably beefier graphics card and correspondingly higher results than the competition.

If you're a keen gamer, the Eclipse i786R587 power desktop PC is for you. Although it matches the 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 860 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory and 1TB hard drive of the competition, Eclipse has seen fit to bundle a considerably beefier Radeon HD 5870 graphics card. Our gaming tests reveal correspondingly higher results with this chip installed.

But adding more powerful graphics inevitably leads to compromises elsewhere, and the Eclipse i786R587 power desktop PC is the only PC here not to come with a full-HD screen - the 22in Hanns-G is limited to 1680x1050. Neither has Eclipse been able to include a Blu-ray drive or external speakers.

And while the Arial AI-01 system case is solidly and stylishly constructed, offering plenty of room for internal expansion, it lacks the internal paint job and cable management of some of the competition. The Eclipse i786R587 power desktop PC's MSI motherboard also offers only one PCI slot and one PCI Express x16 slot, so you won't be able to add an extra graphics card - not that you'd need to.

Chart ranking (July 2010 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Reactor
  2. Eclipse Evolution i786R587
  3. Arbico i5 HD6650 XL
  4. Arbico i7 HD8650 Pro
  5. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24

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