Although it places below the other budget PCs on test, CyberPower’s Infinity Hercules is by no means a poor choice. Like its rivals, it runs Intel's popular Core i5-760 processor.

Although it sits in fifth place, CyberPower’s Infinity Hercules desktop PC is by no means a poor choice. Like all the machines here, it runs a 2.8GHz Intel Core i5-760 processor. Its performance in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test matched the Arbico at 133 points and beat the Palicomp, which scored 130.

However, the CyberPower Infinity Hercules desktop PC is no match for the WorldBench performance of the Chillblast Fusion Black Ops, nor can it offer the smooth desktop experience of the SSD-equipped DinoPC Elmisaur 760.

The CyberPower Infinity Hercules desktop PC uses a cheaper system case than those supplied with the competition, although you wouldn’t know it by looking at the Thermaltake V3. Matt black inside and out, and fitted with a trio of blue illuminated fans and a windowed side-panel, this case looks great and offers good provisions for cooling.

The spec includes a standard 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Whereas most of the competition supply 23.6in monitors, the CyberPower Infinity Hercules desktop PC comes with a 22in LG screen. Although smaller and lacking a DVI connection, it offers a full-HD resolution and an energy-efficient LED backlight.

nVidia’s GeForce GTX 460 is a very good graphics card when paired in a dual-card solution, but the single 768MB version used by the CyberPower Infinity Hercules desktop PC is outpaced by the Radeon HD 6850 and left standing by the 6870.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. DinoPC Elmisaur 760
  2. Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 6870
  3. Chillblast Fusion Black Ops
  4. Arbico i5 7668 Pro
  5. CyberPower Infinity Hercules

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