The Braebo Mithras has a six-core 3.3GHz FX 6100 processor, however it's no match for the Intel Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge chips available elsewhere. It also comes with an AMD Radeon HD 6450 graphics card. See also Group test: What's the best family PC.

While a 500GB hard drive may be adequate for many, a family of music or video collectors can quickly fill that space. All expect Quiet PC’s silent system offer double this capacity.

A 21.5in AOC F22+ monitor is included with the system. While it features full-HD support it lacks any digital inputs, being fitted only with a single analogue VGA connector. This means poorer on-screen quality, and you won’t easily be able hook up a games console. HD movie playback is supported by the LG Blu-ray combo drive, but no speakers are included nor inside the monitor, so you’ll need to add your own.

The bundled Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 keyboard and mouse set comes with a built-in wrist-rest and offers plenty of media playback controls and customisable function keys.

Gigabyte-s GZ-G Plus system case has some handy features such as four front-facing USB ports, two of which support USB 3.0. However, it’s aggressive styling won’t not suit all tastes. It is furthermore festooned with fans. Two of these are fitted to the front of the case and incorporate individual power switches. If these fans are needed for cooling, you run the risk of a family member turning them off un-noticed. And if they’re not needed – well, they just shouldn’t be there.

The system comes pre-installed with antivirus software, Microsoft Office Starter Edition 2010 and 500GB of online storage via www.livedrive.com.

Braebo Mithras: Specs

  • Processor: 3.3GHz AMD FX 6100 (6 cores)
  • Monitor: 21.5in AOC F22+ (0.25mm, 1920x1080 pixels, VGA)
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Storage: 500GB Seagate SATA II HDD
  • Power supply: 500W Alpine
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte 970A-UD3
  • CPU cooler: Standard AMD Cooler
  • USB: 4x USB 3.0, 10x USB 2.0
  • Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB (625/600/NA)
  • Sound: onboard
  • Optical drive: LG Blu-ray Reader DVD-writer combo
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Bundled software: Microsoft Office Starter Edition 2010, antivirus
  • Case: Gigabyte GZ-G plus
  • Keyboard: Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000
  • Extra features: 500GB online storage with Livedrive
  • Processor: 3.3GHz AMD FX 6100 (6 cores)
  • Monitor: 21.5in AOC F22+ (0.25mm, 1920x1080 pixels, VGA)
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Storage: 500GB Seagate SATA II HDD
  • Power supply: 500W Alpine
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte 970A-UD3
  • CPU cooler: Standard AMD Cooler
  • USB: 4x USB 3.0, 10x USB 2.0
  • Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB (625/600/NA)
  • Sound: onboard
  • Optical drive: LG Blu-ray Reader DVD-writer combo
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Bundled software: Microsoft Office Starter Edition 2010, antivirus
  • Case: Gigabyte GZ-G plus
  • Keyboard: Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000
  • Extra features: 500GB online storage with Livedrive

OUR VERDICT

The Braebo Mithras is a mid-priced PC that comes with a 21.5in AOC F22+ monitor and a pretty small hard drive.Braebo Mithras is a mid-priced PC that comes with a 21.5in AOC F22+ monitor and a pretty small hard drive.

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