As one of the better performers in this group test, Arbico’s eXcel i5-2533 LE will make light work of most computing tasks. Its Core i5-2500K processor is capable of serving up multimedia and light gaming.

It’s outpaced only by Chillblast’s Fusion Neutron, and despite using the same processor the Arbico eXcel i5-2533 LE commands a significant lead over the Eclipse and Palicomp with 159 points scored in WorldBench 6. The Palicomp can be overclocked, however.

Arbico supplies a standard 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive with the eXcel i5-2533 LE, fitted to the popular Asus P8H61-M LE/USB3 motherboard. The latter uses Intel’s budget H61 chipset, and adds support for USB 3.0.

The CIT 1008 system case looks smart. A top-mounted power switch flickers to denote hard-drive activity, but the design inside is basic. This case has no tool-free or perpendicular drive bays, and its rear plates don’t offer easy access for upgrades to the Arbico eXcel i5-2533 LE.

Arbico includes the AOC F22+ display, which is supplied with four of the five PCs in this group. It supports both analogue and digital inputs, plus a full-HD image. Its lack of built-in speakers is notable, given Arbico’s decision not to include an external set; you’ll need to add your own or a pair of headphones to get any sound from the Arbico eXcel i5-2533 LE.

Budget PC chart ranking

  1. 1. Chillblast Fusion Neutron
    2. CyberPower Ultra Triton
    3. Palicomp Phoenix i5 Sonar Extreme
    4. Eclipse Voyager i525H61
    5. Arbico eXcel i5-2533LE

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