Scoring 139 points in our real-world speed benchmark, Chillblast's Fusion Midas budget desktop PC is the fastest machine on test.

Featuring in four of our top five PCs, Intel’s 2.8GHz Core i5-760 processor is, without doubt, the most popular CPU at this price point. Fastest of all is Chillblast’s Fusion Midas budget desktop PC, which achieved a convincing lead in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test with 139 points.

A 4GB allocation of DDR3 RAM and a terabyte (TB) hard drive are fairly standard inclusions. More interesting is the Chillblast Fusion Midas's 23in Digimate full-HD monitor and set of two Gigabyte external speakers. These are a big step up from the tinny speakers built into most monitors, but they lack a subwoofer, and thus can’t match the bass response of the speakers supplied with the Palicomp budget desktop PC.

The Chillblast Fusion Midas is one of three systems to house an nVidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. This card outpaced the ATI Radeon HD 5770 favoured by the Arbico and CyberPower budget desktop PCs in our Crysis tests, but Stalker: Call of Pripyat favoured the ATI model. The 768MB version of the GTX 460 installed here is a slightly slower card than the one used by Palicomp, and both delivered slower performance than Eclipse’s 1GB version.

The Asus motherboard is another popular inclusion this issue, also featuring in the Eclipse and Palicomp PCs. It’s an excellent board that provides the Chillblast Fusion Midas budget desktop PC with plenty of connectivity options and two USB 3.0 ports.

The Chillblast Fusion Midas budget desktop PC's two-year warranty is reassuring.

Chart ranking: Budget PCs

  1. Chillblast Fusion Midas
  2. Eclipse Fusion i76n460
  3. Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 USB3
  4. Arbico i5-7670 XL
  5. CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo (repeat)

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