Relying solely on the integrated graphics of its Core i3-550 processor for gaming, the Chillblast Fusion Assassin budget desktop PC is an ideal choice for non-gamers who would prefer the cash spent elsewhere.

Relying solely on the integrated graphics of its Core i3-550 processor for gaming, the Chillblast Fusion Assassin budget desktop PC is an ideal choice for non-gamers who would prefer the cash spent elsewhere.

Unlike many of the desktop PCs we review that follow this money-saving route, the Chillblast Fusion Assassin doesn’t come with a magnificent full-HD screen – rather, Chillblast supplies a basic 19in model that supports a 1440x900 resolution. In fact, the areas that have benefited the most from the graphics budget cutbacks are sound and processing power – the Assassin comes with a full set of external speakers and a subwoofer, while its 3.2GHz Core i3-550 is the fastest processor in the chart.

A problem handling one component of our benchmark meant the Chillblast Fusion Assassin budget desktop PC was unable to live up to its potential in real-world testing, however, scoring just 123 points in WorldBench 6. Under normal circumstances, we’d expect the Assassin to steal top honours with around 129 points.

Gaming framerates were less than impressive, as you might expect from integrated graphics. The Chillblast Fusion Assassin budget desktop PC scraped 17fps in Fear, demonstrating that even older games will be unplayable unless you drop the quality and resolution settings.

The Asus motherboard offers limited expansion options, but two spare memory slots are available. A more pleasing finding was the Chillblast Fusion Assassin budget desktop PC's beefy 700W-rated power supply unit (PSU). A 500GB hard drive is also provided.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-22 USB3
  2. Chillblast Fusion Assassin
  3. Eclipse Solar i54r567
  4. Arbico i3-5445 XL
  5. CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT

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