CyberPower's industrial-looking Gamer Infinity i7 Hercules is set apart from the competition by its imposing system case. The NZXT Beta chassis is festooned with ridges and mesh panels and finished in matt black. When it's turned on, an eerie blue glow emanates through the large transparent cooling fans.

Its WorldBench 6 score of 132 points and Crysis result of 29fps place it in the middle of a tight pack, performance-wise. It doesn't have a full-HD monitor, nor does it come with external speakers. But the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Hercules's system case offers excellent cooling and buckets of overclocking potential. The generous 850W power supply will certainly be of use here.

A full 6GB of DDR3 RAM is supplied with the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Hercules, with three slots free for future upgrades. There's also a terabyte (1TB) of storage space. This is supplied in a single drive, which is a more reliable strategy than using a pair of drives in a Raid 0 configuration, but isn't as fast.

The CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Hercules's MSI X58 Pro-E motherboard supports CrossFireX and scaleable link interface (SLI) technology, allowing you to add a second graphics card later.

The CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Hercules's monitor is a 22in widescreen model with dual inputs and an incredibly glossy screen. This will cause distracting reflections, but the image produced appears very sharp and full of contrast.

the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Hercules is covered with a three-year return-to-base warranty.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (Nov 09 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Apex
  2. Arbico HD 7090 Pro
  3. Mesh Elite Ice7 920 PCA
  4. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 920-T24-4890
  5. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Hercules

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