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Arbico CD6850 GT budget desktop PC

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Arbico CD6850 GT puts up a good fight but, while it’s superior to the Eclipse Mirage i685n88gtx in some areas, the Mirage’s graphics card is enough to keep this PC down in third place.

The Arbico CD6850 GT puts up a good fight but, while it’s superior to the Eclipse Mirage i685n88gtx in some areas, the Mirage’s graphics card is enough to keep this PC down in third place.

Our top three PCs use the same processor, with RAM allocation the most striking difference – like the Eclipse Mirage i685n88gtx, the Arbico CD6850 GT restricts itself to 2GB. This is top-notch Corsair PC2-6400 memory – a touch faster than the Eclipse Mirage i685n88gtx’s PC2-5300U – but the Mirage’s graphics card is enough to ensure that the WorldBench scores remain maddeningly well-matched.

Like the Eclipse Mirage i685n88gtx, the Arbico CD6850 GT employs the 19in Hannspree XM New York display. This is a thoroughly decent model, even if the image on the screen can’t quite match the intriguing (if not necessarily alluring) looks of the surround. Again in a similar vein to the Eclipse Mirage i685n88gtx, the Arbico CD6850 GT makes do with a 250GB hard drive. While PC makers can go over the top on storage, we think the Chillblast Fusion Gladiator’s 320GB is a healthy (and not extravagant) capacity to aim for.

The Arbico CD6850 GT’s sound system is probably the best in the chart, with the Creative Audigy SE 7.1 holding a slight advantage over the onboard systems. It’s ably supported by the Cyber Acoustics three-piece speaker system. The Arbico CD6850 GT’s casing comes with a nice array of ports and connectors, while the DVD writer is impressive.

Overall, though, we think its better graphics card is enough to nudge the Eclipse Mirage i685n88gtx ahead of the Arbico CD6850 GT.

Budget PCs chart ranking as of Feb 08 issue


  1. Chillblast Fusion Gladiator
  2. Eclipse Mirage i685n88gtx
  3. Arbico CD6850 GT
  4. PC Specialist Apollo 880GT
  5. CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite - last month 2

Verdict

The CD6850 GT is another good effort from Arbico, but the Eclipse Mirage i685n88gtx's graphics are enough to keep this PC in third place.

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3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6850
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
250GB serial ATA
Asus P5N-E SLI
8 x USB ports
19in Hanspree XM New York (0.283mm pixel pitch, 1,440x900 max resolution @75Hz)
512MB PCI Express Zotac nVidia GeForce 8800 GT
Creative Audigy SE 7.1
2 x Cyber Acoustics CA3095
subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 20x/20x/12x/12x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
Ability Office
Ahead Nero
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6.0 score: 112
  • 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 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

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