With some juicy components listed in the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 USB3's spec, we were a little disappointed with this budget desktop PC's performance.

Given that Palicomp’s Core i5 Blast 760-24 USB3 budget desktop PC uses the same 2.8GHz Core i5-750 processor and Asus motherboard as our Best Buy and Recommended PCs, we were a little disappointed with its overall performance. While any system scoring 130 points in WorldBench 6 is more than adequate for most users, it falls a full nine points short of Chillblast’s similarly equipped PC.

The Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 USB3 houses an Asus motherboard, which provides this budget desktop PC with a good selection of expansion ports, as well as a USB 3.0 interface for high-speed connections to the latest hard drives.

Externally, the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 USB3 budget desktop PC is very similar to the Arbico, with both using Cooler Master’s trusty Elite 330 system case. This is a well-built but unexciting option.

The Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 USB3 comes with the chart-standard 4GB of RAM, but at least 50 percent more hard-disk space than any of the budget desktop PC competition. Its 1.5TB drive is actually three times the size of Arbico’s.

Graphics performance is pretty good: although the nVidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card supplied here is the lower-cost 768MB version, it’s been factory-overclocked to run a little faster than the 1GB model supplied by Eclipse. It can’t match the real-world performance of the more expensive version, but it helps the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 USB3 budget desktop PC to edge ahead of the Best Buy Chillblast in both our gaming tests.

A 23.6in display is slightly larger than the 23in monitors usually seen at this price point. It offers the same 1920x1080 full-HD resolution, but text and icons will appear slightly larger on this screen. You also get a set of Logitech stereo speakers and a subwoofer for enhanced bass response, making the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 USB3 the best budget desktop PC here for multimedia use.

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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