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Mesh X-treme Essential PCA

£1,699 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The selling point of the X-treme Essential PCA from Mesh is the beautiful 732 case designed for the firm by Coolermaster. Add a quality 20.1in flat-panel, the best consumer sound card money can buy and a good warranty and you have a great buy - if you've got £1,699 to spare.

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The selling point of the X-treme Essential PCA from Mesh is the beautiful 732 case designed for the firm by Coolermaster. Add a quality 20.1in flat-panel, the best consumer sound card money can buy and a good warranty and you have a great buy - if you've got £1,699 to spare.

The case isn't going to appeal to all, but the glow lights and ripple-front aluminium fascia are tastefully done. The 550W power supply is just the thing for those top-notch internal components and the aluminium conducts heat well, reducing the internal temperature - there are also several cunningly positioned fans to maintain internal airflow and a break-out box called the Musketeer that sits underneath the DVD drives and displays the temperature.

Gamers dream of a sensational audio and graphics experience and the X-treme doesn't disappoint. Leadtek's dual SLI (scalable link interface) 256MB 6800GT graphics cards managed more than 100fps (frames per second) at 1,600x1,200 on the ViewSonic VP201b flat-panel. We felt image quality on this screen wasn't as good as that afforded by ViewSonic's own smaller VX range, but you're paying for size - and we all know it matters.

To keep costs down, Mesh has supplied an older dual-core Athlon chip, but make no mistake, it's still up to the job when twinned with 1GB of RAM - a WorldBench score of 117 is blistering.

Mesh X-treme Essential PCA Expert Verdict »
2.2GHz dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
1GB DDR RAM
300GB SATA hard drive
16x/16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/8x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW) 48x/48x/24x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW) dual-layer DVD-RW drive
20.1in ViewSonic VP201b flat-panel
2x 256MB Leadtek nVidia 6800GT PCI-E graphic cards
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme
Creative Inspire T 7900 7.1-channel speakers
Windows XP Home
3-year onsite parts-and-labour warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

This might not be the fastest PC, the biggest processor or the most capacious hard drive, but the combination of price, features and specifications is perfectly well-rounded. It should also appeal to potential buyers outside of the gamers' market.

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