Mesh’s Evolution 2600K PCA has the best specification of all the PCs on test, with an Intel Core i7-2600K processor and nVidia GeForce GTX 580 graphics card. There’s 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 2TB hard disk and a 64GB Crucial SSD. Its very fast 184-point WorldBench 6 score came as no surprise.

Mesh’s Evolution 2600K PCA has the best specification of all the PCs on test, with an Intel Core i7-2600K processor and nVidia GeForce GTX 580 graphics card. There’s 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 2TB hard disk and a 64GB Crucial SSD. Its very fast 184-point WorldBench 6 score came as no surprise.

Nothing can touch the Mesh Evolution 2600K PCA desktop PC for gaming either. Its GTX 580 won a convincing lead over the competition in our tests. Highlights include 55fps in Crysis (‘Very High’ settings), and 128fps in Stalker (‘Ultra’ settings).

The Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition PC case is another good selection by Mesh for its Evolution 2600K PCA. It’s a relatively big and solidly constructed chassis, packed with large and very quiet cooling fans. Mesh has also installed a huge Akasa Freedom Tower CPU cooler, which is ideal for overclocking.

The case’s most unusual feature is its dual-SATA docking ports, allowing you to slot up to two bare 3.5in or 2.5in drives directly into the top of the Mesh Evolution 2600K PCA's case for quick file backup or copying.

Like Palicomp, Mesh has selected the ‘Pro’ version of Asus’ P8P67 motherboard. It provides the Mesh Evolution 2600K PCA desktop PC with three PCI Express x16 slots with SLI support, two eSATA ports and Bluetooth.

A 24in Iiyama monitor is a good pairing for the Mesh Evolution 2600K PCA's Blu-ray/DVD combo drive. You also get a set of Creative stereo speakers, complete with a subwoofer.

Power desktop PCs: chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Solar
  2. Palicomp Phoenix i7 Stealth
  3. Mesh Evolution 2600K PCA
  4. Arbico i7-2656 Stealth Gamer
  5. Dino PC Maxosaur 2600

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