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Update: PC Specialist Apollo Home GT budget PC

£500 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PC Specialist

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

With the other four of this month’s Top 5 racking up 90 WorldBench points or more, the pace is getting pretty fierce in the bargain basement of PC charts. The PC Specialist Apollo Home GT doesn’t quite reach those heights.

With the other four of this month’s Top 5 racking up 90 WorldBench points or more, the pace is getting pretty fierce in the bargain basement of PC charts. The PC Specialist Apollo Home GT doesn’t quite reach those heights, and its score of 88 now looks a little bit sluggish – particularly compared to the whopping 99 points racked up by the Arbico CD6750 XL. The main culprit is the processor, a Core 2 Duo E4400 that lacks the ultimate performance of some of its competitors.

Not that the PC Specialist Apollo Home GT isn’t without some decent components. We like the 8600 GT graphics card and the Specialist comes with the 512MB version. The 250GB hard drive is as capacious as things get in this chart, while the Hannstar AH191DP is an attractive screen from what’s rapidly becoming the most ubiquitous name in the charts.

PC Specialist has even been able to do something a little more interesting with the sound and, while the Logitech speakers aren’t striking, they’re still a solid match for the PC Specialist Apollo Home GT's onboard sound controller.

Chart ranking: Sub-£500 budget PCs, January 08 issue


  1. Arbico CD6750 XL
  2. CyberPower Gamer Infinity 550
  3. Zoostorm 4-2353
  4. Eclipse Matrix SLI A60n86GT
  5. PC Specialist Apollo Home GT (last month 4)

Verdict

The PC Specialist Apollo Home GT has some decent components, but can't quite keep pace with the other PCs here.

PC Specialist Apollo Home GT Expert Verdict »

2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4400
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
250GB serial ATA
Asus P5VD2-VM motherboard
7 x USB ports
19in Hannstar AH191DP flat-panel (0.283mm picel pitch, 1,440x900 maximum resolution at 75Hz)
256MB PCI Express Palit nVidia GeForce 8600 GT
onboard C-Media sound
2 x Logitech S100 speakers
maximum DVD speeds: 16x/20x/20x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM)
1-year RTB, 1-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 88
bundles Ahead Nero 7.0, CyberLink PowerDVD
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The PC Specialist Apollo Home GT has some decent components, but can't quite keep pace with the other PCs here.

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