Arbico’s quad-core HD 7577 XL delivers excellent performance in WorldBench 6 and the fastest DirectX 11.0 gaming experience of all the PCs here.

Based on the 2.66GHz Intel Core i5 750, Arbico's quad-core HD 7577 XL delivers excellent performance in WorldBench 6 and the fastest DirectX 11.0 gaming experience of all the PCs here.

Others may beat its 135-point tally in our benchmarks, but the Arbico HD 7577 XL's score remains excellent at this price. And WorldBench 6 doesn't take into account the full capabilities of its quad-core CPU.

With a Radeon HD 5770 providing the graphics firepower, the Arbico HD 7577 XL is able to offer smooth framerates in current games and support for the latest DirectX 11.0 titles. Although the Chillblast had faster framerates, its HD 4890 card will show its age sooner with no support for DirectX 11.0.

The Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 motherboard used by the Arbico HD 7577 XL has a pair of PCI Express x16 slots, meaning you can add a second graphics card to boost gaming performance.

Other specs include 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 500GB hard drive. A beefy 850W PSU offers plenty of capacity for upgrades, while the Arbico HD 7577 XL's 12 USB ports mean you can plug in all manner of peripherals and portable gadgets. All this is housed in a Cooler Master Elite 330 system case, with a tasteful two-tone design.

Pleasingly, the Arbico HD 7577 XL's monitor offers dual inputs and good image quality. It can't display a full-HD picture, but its 1680x1050 resolution will make text and icons appear slightly larger.

A pair of Logitech speakers places the Arbico HD 7577 XL's sound setup above that of most PCs at this price point. No subwoofer is included.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (issue 177)

  1. Arbico HD 7577 XL
  2. Mesh Ice5 5750 HD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Scimitar
  4. CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo
  5. Eclipse Matrix Crossfire i786R577

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