With ATI's brand-new Radeon HD 6870 graphics card and 1GB of video RAM under the bonnet, Palicomp's Core i5 Blast 760-24 6870 is an excellent budget PC for gaming.

One of five PCs built around Intel’s Core i5-760 CPU, the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 6870 desktop PC delivered the lowest score in WorldBench 6, with 130 points. But this PC is the best here for gaming, with ATI’s brand-new Radeon HD 6870 graphics card and 1GB of video RAM under the bonnet.

The HD 6870 delivers an enormous amount of graphics power, and games look great on the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 6870 desktop PC's 23.6in full-HD HKC monitor. In our more gruelling Crysis test (1680x1050, ‘Very High Quality’ settings), it outpaced the HD 5770-powered DinoPC by 14fps.

There’s 500GB more storage space than any of the competition - a single 1.5TB drive is supplied with the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 6870 desktop PC. You also get stereo speakers that, unlike those provided with the DinoPC and Chillblast, comes with a subwoofer.

The Asus motherboard provides two high-speed USB 3.0 ports and support for 6Gbps SATA, letting you take advantage of the fastest internal and external storage on the market. Although you can’t add a second graphics card to this board, the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 6870 desktop PC already excels in gaming.

Housed in the popular Cooler Master Elite 330 system case, the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 6870 desktop PC lacks garish gamer-friendly see-through panels and internal illumination, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

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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