The specification of Palicomp's Excalibur 630-19 System budget desktop PC marks quite a departure from rival systems in the sub-£500 desktop PC chart, with a quad-core CPU, a set of external speakers, good upgrade potential and a 19in monitor.

The specification of Palicomp's Excalibur 630-19 System budget desktop PC marks quite a departure from rival systems in the chart. Palicomp has opted for a 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II X4 630 quad-core chip which, despite having a lower clock speed than the dual-core 3.1GHz Phenom II X2 550, is certainly the more powerful CPU.

The Palicomp Excalibur 630-19 System budget desktop PC scored just 100 points in our WorldBench 6 test, which is some way down on the competition. This benchmark doesn't push quad-core chips to their full potential, however, and if you tend to run multithreaded applications or several programs simultaneously, the Palicomp is likely to prove its worth.

Fitted with an ASRock K10N78 motherboard, the Palicomp Excalibur 630-19 System budget desktop PC also offers the most upgrade potential. There's room for two additional sticks of memory, while two PCI Express x1 and three PCI slots are available. The motherboard also features integrated graphics, so those with no interest in gaming could save some money by ordering the system without the Radeon HD 5670 graphics card.

Despite offering this graphics card with 1GB of video RAM, compared with the Chillblast and CyberPower's 512MB, the Palicomp Excalibur 630-19 System budget desktop PC's results in our gaming tests suffered as a result of the CPU's lower clock speed. Gamers should instead look to Eclipse's Matrix a55R575.

For image editing and processing video, however, the Palicomp Excalibur 630-19 System budget desktop PC's 19in (1440x900) BenQ G900WD monitor offers a distinct advantage over the 18.5in models offered elsewhere.

The Palicomp Excalibur 630-19 System budget desktop PC is the only PC here to come with a set of external speakers, with the Excalibur bundling two Logitech S220 speakers and a subwoofer.

Chart ranking (July 2010 issue)

  1. Eclipse Matrix a55R575
  2. Chillblast Fusion Hades
  3. CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT
  4. Palicomp Excalibur 630-19 System
  5. Arbico Phenom 5467 HD

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