Despite little variation among the specs, Chillblast's Fusion Raven power desktop PC led the pack in both our general-use and gaming tests.

There’s little variation among the specifications of our Top 5 £751-£1,000 desktop PCs, and the Chillblast Fusion Raven power desktop PC’s 3.06GHz Core i7-950 processor and 6GB of DDR3 RAM is echoed by almost every other system in the chart. Its motherboard and graphics card are also popular choices.

It’s all the more of an accomplishment, then, that Chillblast’s Fusion Raven power desktop PC led the pack in both our general-use and gaming tests. With 150 points, its WorldBench 6 score is four points clear of its nearest rival. Its factory-overclocked Radeon HD 6870, meanwhile, delivered the fastest framerates.

Built around an Asus P6X58D-E motherboard, the Chillblast Fusion Raven power desktop PC supports USB 3.0 and 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) SATA. It also comes with three PCI Express x16 slots, allowing multiple graphics cards to be installed.

The 24in Samsung B2430 monitor is smaller than DinoPC’s 25in Hanns-G, but it’s a noticeable improvement over the budget HKC displays we’re used to seeing in this chart. It offers VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, and is an ideal partner for the 12-speed Blu-ray combo drive. Films will sound as good as they look, with Chillblast also supplying five speakers and a subwoofer with its Fusion Raven power desktop PC.

The stealth black Cooler Master Elite 430 system case provides front-facing USB and audio ports near the top. It’s more compact than the Palicomp’s Cooler Master Scout case – and lacks some of that PC’s interior cooling – but the Chillblast Fusion Raven power desktop PC's build quality is superior.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Raven
  2. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 960-24 BLU
  3. Mesh R&D 960
  4. DinoPC Fermisaur 870
  5. Eclipse Supernova Crossfire i795r687

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