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Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Palicomp

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Palicomp's Core i5 Blast 750-24 budget desktop PC takes the lead in a group of similarly specced systems, offering a terabyte hard drive and good value for money.

Palicomp's Core i5 Blast 750-24 budget desktop PC takes the lead in a group of similarly specced systems, offering a terabyte hard drive and good value for money.

With all our chart PCs powered by 2.66GHz Intel Core i5 750 processors, Radeon HD 5770 graphics cards (bar one) and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, it's a very close competition. Palicomp's Core i5 Blast 750-24 takes the crown, however, offering the best spec for your money. Its terabyte (TB) hard drive is also a pleasing inclusion compared with the 500GB drives found elsewhere.

Given the hardware similarities, it's unsurprising that performance doesn't vary much from system to system. The Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 scored 134 points in our WorldBench 6 speed test and 25fps in our gruelling Crysis gaming test. Although the Chillblast recorded 26fps, and three other machines recorded 135 points in WorldBench 6, the difference won't be noticeable.

Inside the tidy Cooler Master Elite 330 system case lies a full-size ATX motherboard that provides four memory slots (two of which are filled), as well as four PCI, a PCI Express X1 and a spare PCI Express X16 slot. The Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 also supports Raid.

The Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 is the only PC here to supply a 24in monitor. While other machines also offer a full-HD resolution, this Acer outclasses the competition.

A set of two stereo speakers is also supplied with the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24, complete with a subwoofer for improved bass.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (June issue)

  1. Palicomp Core i7 Blast 750-24
  2. Chillblast Fusion Samurai
  3. Arbico HD 7577 XL
  4. CyberPower Infinity Hades
  5. Mesh Ice5 5750 HD

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Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Expert Verdict »
2.66GHz Intel Core i5 750
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
Gigabyte GA-P55M-US3L
10 x USB 2.0
750W PowerCool PSU
24in Acer V243HBD (0.27mm pixel pitch
1920x1200)
1GB PCI Express XFX ATI Radeon HD 5770 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 67/25fps
Fear = 196fps)
onboard sound
2 x Logitech S220 speakers and subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 24x/24x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 134
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

While it may not be the most exciting PC to look at, the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 delivers performance, plenty of room for upgrades and some pleasing extras.

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