It's been a month of contrasting fortunes for quad-core PCs. While top spot goes to a beautifully measured system from Cube247, the Mesh Elite Q6600 R600 PCA comes fourth. But that's no disgrace. This remarkably consistent machine displays all the Mesh hallmarks: ample software, good build quality and the peace of mind that comes from using a company with over 25 years of experience.
The Mesh Elite Q6600 R600 PCA offers an impressive 4GB of RAM but only half the storage space of the cheaper Cube247 Nova ST3 - however, its 500GB should be ample for all but the most video-hungry. The Mesh Elite Q6600 R600 PCA's performance is slightly weaker than the Best Buy's, picking up three points fewer in our WorldBench 6 test suite.
In many ways, the Mesh Elite Q6600 R600 PCA shadows the Cube247 Nova ST3. The Mesh Elite Q6600 R600 PCA comes up with a 22in Mirai screen; the Cube247 Nova ST3 matches it. The Mesh Elite Q6600 R600 PCA's graphics chip of choice is the Radeon HD 2900 XT; the Cube247 Nova ST3 chooses likewise. Only in the sound department does the Mesh Elite Q6600 R600 PCA strike back, offering a Creative SB X-Fi XtremeGamer - the Cube247 Nova ST3's onboard sound is a rare mis-step.
In almost all respects, the Mesh Elite Q6600 R600 PCA is a similar machine to the excellent Cube247 Nova ST3. But, given that the latter costs you £125 less, that makes the Mesh Elite Q6600 R600 PCA overpriced.
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