Eclipse's Titan i795R585 delivers excellent performance and the latest graphics technology for considerably less money than our Best Buy Chillblast desktop PC.

Another system based on the Core i7 950, Eclipse's Titan i795R585 delivers excellent performance and the latest graphics technology for considerably less money than our Best Buy Chillblast. Scoring 150 points in WorldBench 6, the Titan offers plenty of speed - enough for even the most demanding of users.

Like the Chillblast, Eclipse has plumped for a brand-new 58XX-series AMD graphics card - in this case, a less expensive HD 5850. The Titan i795R585's results in our gaming tests lag behind the competition somewhat, but the HD 5850 is still capable of delivering a great gaming experience in most titles. Its support for DirectX 11.0 is a major advantage over the faster HD 4890, offering enhanced graphics and performance in forthcoming games, as well as faster video transcoding.

Also in common with our Best Buy, the Eclipse Titan i795R585 offers three 500GB hard drives with two combined in a Raid 0 array. Such a setup provides a good balance between performance and data security.

The 23.6in Hanns-G monitor is a sleek-looking model with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1920x1080 resolution that perfectly matches the HD resolution of the supplied Blu-ray drive. Unfortunately, no speakers are supplied with the Eclipse Titan i795R585.

The Eclipse Titan i795R585's Enermax system case is smart and sturdily constructed, if not as solid as that of the CyberPower. Tool-free drive bays and a Biostar T-Power X58A motherboard are found inside, with the latter offering two spare x16 PCI Express slots for additional graphics cards and three memory slots for upgrades. If you need FireWire support, you'll have to add it with a plug-in card.


Power PCs chart ranking: February 10 issue

  1. Chillblast Fusion Condor
  2. Eclipse Titan i795R585
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Heaven
  4. Arbico Elite 9590 HD
  5. Eclipse Titan X58 i796R489

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Eclipse's Titan i795R585 delivers excellent performance and the latest graphics technology for considerably less money than our Best Buy Chillblast.



Power PCs buying advice

Processor: Intel's quad-core Core i7 CPUs offer a number of speed boosts, including the ability to run eight threads simultaneously, although they require more expensive motherboards and memory than previous-generation chips. At this price, the Core i7 950 or 960 would be a great choice.

Memory: A £1,001-plus Core i7 PC should come with at least 6GB of RAM (although 3GB is acceptable if it compensates with other extras). For dual-core machines, look for 4GB in two modules to allow room for expansion.
The triple-channel architecture of Core i7 9XX-based PCs requires you to install chips in threes. Core i7 8XX-series CPUs use a two-channel system, which will save you some cash. You'll also need to splash out on DDR3 RAM, but the price of such memory is falling fast. A 64bit operating system can take full advantage of this memory, particularly if you're running a dual-graphics setup.

Storage: Expect at least a terabyte. Look for a pair or even a trio of drives rather than a single unit; it will boost performance and prevent the risk of total data loss. Raid setups are an option. Consider mirroring for added security. SSDs can provide speed boosts, but offer limited capacity and are expensive.

Cover backup with a multiformat DVD writer. Dual-layer capabilities (allowing you to store 8.5GB on a disc) are useful. Make sure the drive supports DVD+R DL at eight-speed or above. You should also be able to get eight-speed DVD+RW.

If you want Blu-ray playback, be prepared to compromise on DVD speeds. Alternatively, buy a second DVD burner for backup.

Display: We're seeing increasing numbers of 24in displays in our PC charts. This used to be the magic size at which 1080p (full-HD) playback became available, making these ideal partners for Blu-ray drives. However, some of the newest 22in (16:9) monitors can also display full-HD - and with a considerable saving, making them excellent value for money.

Make sure you get a digital input for the best image quality and an extra HDMI port is great for hooking up additional devices such as games consoles without having to switch cables.

Graphics card: For a thrilling gaming experience, choose between nVidia's GeForce GTX 285 or GTX 295 and AMD's DirectX 11.0-compatible ATI Radeon HD 5870. The GTX 275 and HD 4890 cards also offer great performance and very good value for money. Radeon cards seem to be the current favourite for raw performance, but nVidia's cards offer unique features such as support for PhysX in-game physics effects and stereoscopic 3D using special glasses.

Also look out for pre-overclocked graphics cards, which can deliver excellent value and are approved by chip manufacturers. Buying a single-card setup keeps your options open for adding a second card later. It also leaves more space for sound cards or TV tuners.

Motherboard: If you're considering any upgrades, check that the motherboard offers enough memory slots to support the chips. SLI or CrossFireX support will enable to you add extra graphics cards to boost your gaming performance.

Power supply: The level of power you require will largely depend on the type of graphics card you expect to use. Look for a known and respected brand, and consider from 750W upwards if you have any thoughts of moving up to a dual-card setup later. Any form of overclocking will also demand a powerful PSU.

Sound card and speakers: Onboard sound is still no match for a decent sound card. You should be able to get a Creative Audigy or X-Fi card at this price. If you only want 2.1-channel speakers, make sure they're high-quality models.


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Eclipse Titan i795R585: Specs

  • 3.06GHz Intel Core i7 950
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 3 x 500GB SATA (2 in Raid 0 configuration)
  • Biostar T-Power X58A
  • 10 x USB 2.0
  • 650W EZCool PSU
  • 23.6in Hanns-G HH241H (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1920x1080)
  • 1GB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 67/24fps
  • Fear = 302fps)
  • onboard sound
  • speakers built into monitor
  • 8x BD-ROM
  • max DVD speeds: 16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/8x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW)
  • one-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 150
  • 3.06GHz Intel Core i7 950
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 3 x 500GB SATA (2 in Raid 0 configuration)
  • Biostar T-Power X58A
  • 10 x USB 2.0
  • 650W EZCool PSU
  • 23.6in Hanns-G HH241H (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1920x1080)
  • 1GB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 67/24fps
  • Fear = 302fps)
  • onboard sound
  • speakers built into monitor
  • 8x BD-ROM
  • max DVD speeds: 16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/8x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW)
  • one-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 150

OUR VERDICT

The Eclipse Titan i795R585 is considerably less expensive than the Best Buy Chillblast, and still offers plenty of speed.

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