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Budget PC reviews

The latest Budget PC reviews at PC Advisor. Budget PC user reviews, ratings, buying advice and price comparison

  • Cube247 Zeta ST4

    It's nice to see Cube247 paying attention to those areas that, in the financially constricted world of sub-£1,000 PCs, tend to get overlooked.

    £600 inc VAT

    Score - 7 out of 10

  • Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC

    The run-up to its launch saw all sorts of protests about the price of Windows Vista. But with Vista Home Premium costing £200 in the UK, why not pay an extra £300 and…

    £449 inc VAT

    Score - 7 out of 10

  • Chillblast Fusion Vista 6300 OCTV

    This isn't the fastest Vista PC at this price point, but it's a decent performer. Few companies are more adept than Chillblast at wringing that extra bit of power…

    £750 inc VAT

    Score - 8 out of 10

  • Zoostorm 4-5404 Versatile PC

    Zoostorm's 4-5404 is a very good Windows Vista PC, but the choice of Vista Home Basic rather than a higher-end version of the OS is disappointing.

    £750 inc VAT

    Score - 8 out of 10

  • Arbico CD7950XL

    Because of its 7950 GT graphics card, at £750 Arbico's CD7950XL is an excellent buy.

    £750 inc VAT

    Score - 7 out of 10

  • Mesh E6400 Vistra PC

    There's a lot about the E6400 that's right. But the lack of any stand-out components makes it one of the weaker £750 Vista PCs we looked at.

    £749 inc VAT

    Score - 7 out of 10

  • Lenovo 3000 J115 desktop PC

    The Lenovo 3000 J115 desktop PC comes only in a tower case with an appealing grey-green, flat plastic front panel that displays colourfully lit buttons; it reminded…

    £450 inc VAT

    Score - 7 out of 10

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Arbico CD6420XL

    Sub-£500 PCs tend not to be blessed with extraordinary speed, but the Arbico CD6420XL has nothing to be ashamed of.

    £499 inc VAT

    Score - 9 out of 10

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Eclipse Max i935N79-VSTA

    The Eclipse's Intel Pentium D processor reminds us of the bad old days for Intel enthusiasts - a time when AMD Athlon chips effortlessly won out on both performance…

    £500 inc VAT

    Score - 9 out of 10

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Arbico CD9600XL

    This time last year, AMD's Athlon processors lay at the heart of almost every PC we championed, yet Intel has now achieved total dominance. Well, almost total. For…

    £499 inc VAT

    Score - 8 out of 10

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Mesh Elite Value PCA

    Big names such as Mesh don’t produce many PCs in the sub-£500 range, so the Elite Value PCA comes as a pleasant surprise.

    £499 inc VAT

    Score - 8 out of 10

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC

    The Zoostorm 2-3305 impressed us when it first appeared, because it was the first machine that proved you could run Vista without spending lavishly on a PC.…

    £449 inc VAT

    Score - 7 out of 10

  • Dell OptiPlex 740 business PC

    The Dell OptiPlex 740, is a business desktop PC. The OptiPlex 740 comes in minitower, desktop (horizontal orientation) and ultracompact versions. The inexpensively…

    £316 inc VAT

    Score - 7 out of 10

  • Gateway GM5074b £500 family PC

    The Gateway GM5074b is a typical example of what you can expect should you go with a Gateway PC.

    £499 inc VAT

    Score - 8 out of 10

  • Eclipse Ultimate A60N86GT budget PC

    The Eclipse Ultimate A60N86GT budget PC's WorldBench real-world speed score of 89 easily outshone many other PCs at this price point, with their low-end Core 2 Duo…

    £500 inc VAT

    Score - 9 out of 10

  • CyberPower £500 PCA Machine budget PC

    When it comes to exterior appearance, few machines at this price point manage to hide their bargain status. Yet the CyberPower £500 PCA Machine comes with a…

    £500 inc VAT

    Score - 8 out of 10

  • Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC budget PC

    Ringing the tills at just £449, the Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC budget PC offers an even more appetising price tag than many of its budget-friendly rivals.

    £449 inc VAT

    Score - 8 out of 10

  • Arbico CD7460GT budget PC

    A rather strange mixture of old and new, the Arbico CD7460GT still has enough cutting-edge features (for a sub-£500 PC) to make it worthy of consideration, even if it…

    £499 inc VAT

    Score - 9 out of 10

  • Eclipse Evolution i685n88s budget PC

    Eclipse once stunned us by putting together an E6700 system for £750 (the Matrix i67N88-VSTA). And now it's gone even further this month, squeezing out the Eclipse…

    £750 inc VAT

    Score - 9 out of 10

  • Arbico 807 Pro budget PC

    The Arbico 807 Pro squeaked ahead of the PC Specialist Apollo 675GTS machine in a close-run fight for second place. If anything drew us to the Arbico 807 Pro, it was…

    £750 inc VAT

    Score - 8 out of 10

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