Unlike the two PCs sitting above it in our chart, Eclipse has plumped for the standard version of Intel’s Core i5-2500 processor for its Plasma P67i525r695. If you aren’t interested in overclocking the processor, a less expensive CPU and motherboard leave more room in the budget for other components. Not that the motherboard seen here is a bargain-basement model, supporting as it does USB 3.0, SATA 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) and a graphical extensible firmware interface (EFI).

The Eclipse Plasma P67i525r695 performed in line with our expectations in the WorldBench 6 speed test, where it scored 160 points.

The 23.6in HKC 2249A monitor is a budget option and, although it’s perfectly usable, larger screens are supplied with the Chillblast and Dino PC. Unlike those PCs, the Eclipse Plasma P67i525r695 doesn’t come with external speakers.

Budget desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Delta
  2. Dino PC Elmisaur 2500K
  3. Eclipse Plasma P67i525r695
  4. Arbico i5-2556 XL
  5. Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD

Its EZCool N800D system case has a smart, glossy black finish, but flipping down the front flap to access the USB ports reveals a plasticky construction. Inside, the Eclipse Plasma P67i525r695 PC has a standard 4GB of DDR3 RAM (with two slots spare), and a 1TB hard drive.

All these budget cuts are explained by the Eclipse Plasma P67i525r695's standout component, however: an AMD Radeon HD 6950 graphics card. When pushed to the higher resolution and quality settings, this card enabled the PC to achieve the fastest overall framerates in our gaming tests, albeit by a small margin.

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