Palicomp's Core i5 Blast 750-24 budget desktop PC takes the lead in a group of similarly specced systems, offering a terabyte hard drive and good value for money.

With all our chart PCs powered by 2.66GHz Intel Core i5 750 processors, Radeon HD 5770 graphics cards (bar one) and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, it's a very close competition. Palicomp's Core i5 Blast 750-24 takes the crown, however, offering the best spec for your money. Its terabyte (TB) hard drive is also a pleasing inclusion compared with the 500GB drives found elsewhere.

Given the hardware similarities, it's unsurprising that performance doesn't vary much from system to system. The Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 scored 134 points in our WorldBench 6 speed test and 25fps in our gruelling Crysis gaming test. Although the Chillblast recorded 26fps, and three other machines recorded 135 points in WorldBench 6, the difference won't be noticeable.

Inside the tidy Cooler Master Elite 330 system case lies a full-size ATX motherboard that provides four memory slots (two of which are filled), as well as four PCI, a PCI Express X1 and a spare PCI Express X16 slot. The Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 also supports Raid.

The Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 is the only PC here to supply a 24in monitor. While other machines also offer a full-HD resolution, this Acer outclasses the competition.

A set of two stereo speakers is also supplied with the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24, complete with a subwoofer for improved bass.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (June issue)

  1. Palicomp Core i7 Blast 750-24
  2. Chillblast Fusion Samurai
  3. Arbico HD 7577 XL
  4. CyberPower Infinity Hades
  5. Mesh Ice5 5750 HD

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