The CyberPower Gamer Infinity SLI GTX made PC Advisor history last month, by being the first Top Five machine to jump from last to first place in a single go. Its secret weapon was a rather generous price cut that saw it soar up the value ratings. And due to the sudden disappearance of the Mesh PC that sits at the top of the charts in the December print edition of PC Advisor, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity SLI GTX remains the best overall deal in spite of its age.
Of course, part of the point of the £1,001+ PCs category is that there's no price ceiling, so what do you lose by choosing a PC so, well, cheap? The processing power drops slightly, and you obviously don’t get futuristic quad-core capabilities, although since this PC still houses an Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 the CyberPower Gamer Infinity SLI GTX is still a fairly fast machine. 2GB of DDR RAM may seem a slight compromise, although Vista does actually run pretty smoothly with this amount of memory – strictly speaking, 4GB is very much a move for the future.
The CyberPower Gamer Infinity SLI GTX's 500GB storage space ensures you have a decent amount of room in which to store all of your files. Truthfully, you’re unlikely to need even 500GB, let alone the 1TB offered by the Cube247 Electra ST10. And at this price, we’re not complaining. It’s also nice that you get two 250GB rather than one large drive, and this’ll make it easier to organise your files. Alternatively, you can use one as the main drive and leave the other for backups.
And there are plenty of areas in which the CyberPower Gamer Infinity SLI GTX continues to excel. The 22in ViewSonic screen is a very smooth model, while the 768MB 8800 GTX remains the best graphics chip in the chart – even if it is now used by all but one of the other Top £1,001+ PCs. The sound system is nice, with the capable Creative card working wonders with the Inspire T6100 speakers. Add a fast DVD writer and a lengthy three-year warranty, and this amounts to a fantastically well-specified PC for the money.
Chart ranking: £1,001+ power desktop PCs, December 07 issue
- Mesh Elite Quad Storm PCA (This PC is no longer in the chart. Click here for more information)
- CyberPower Gamer Infinity SLI GTX - last month 1
- Cube247 Electra ST10
- Arbico QC6700 Pro
- PC Specialist Apollo R600-X3