The only Sandy Bridge PC here to run a Core i5 rather than i7 CPU, the CyberPower Infinity i5 Silent Edition offers a £100 saving. And it's by no means a slow machine.

The only Sandy Bridge PC here to run a Core i5 rather than i7 CPU, the CyberPower Infinity i5 Silent Edition offers slower performance but, more importantly, a £100 saving. With 157 WorldBench 6 points, however, this is by no means a slow machine – and by specifying the ‘K’ version of Intel’s i5-2500 processor, CyberPower has built-in support for easy overclocking.

Other cost-cutting measures include the omission of a Blu-ray drive and the CyberPower Infinity i5 Silent Edition PC's provision of a smaller, VGA-only display and a less powerful nVidia graphics card. nVidia’s GTS 450 is capable of playing the latest games titles, but it provides only around half the performance you’d expect from an ATI Radeon HD 6870.

The MSI P67A-C45 motherboard is well-matched to the i5-2500K CPU, offering the CyberPower Infinity i5 Silent Edition PC support for simple automatic overclocking, 6Gbps SATA and USB 3.0.

Of course, as its name suggests, the main selling point of the CyberPower Infinity i5 Silent Edition is its near-silent operation. The graphics card is fitted with a huge heatsink that helps keep it cool without a noisy fan, a quiet all-in-one watercooling kit is fitted to the processor, and the whole system is sealed inside a sound-deadened NZXT Hush system case. And it works: turn on the CyberPower Infinity and you’ll hardly hear a thing.

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  1. Palicomp Phoenix i7 2600-24 BLU
  2. Arbico Elite i7268 HDX
  3. Chillblast Fusion Zeus
  4. CyberPower Infinity i5 Silent Edition
  5. Dino PC Ravenous 2600

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