We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Budget PCs Reviews
15,670 Reviews PC Advisor Recommended

Arbico i3 5600 XL review

£500 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Small but mighty, the 3.33GHz Core i3-560-powered Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC delivers the best Windows performance in the chart.

Small but mighty, the 3.33GHz Core i3-560-powered Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC delivers the best Windows performance in the chart.

Small but mighty, the 3.33GHz Core i3-560-powered Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC delivers the best Windows performance in the chart. Only DinoPC’s Plutosaur is able to beat it on raw processing power, and only then with its Core i5 chip’s Turbo Boost in gear.

The Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC recorded a score of 135 in our WorldBench 6 test, beating our Best Buy machine’s tally by a single point. Like that PC, it’s built around a USB 3.0-compatible Asus motherboard. But its faster CPU leaves less room in the budget to offer a dedicated graphics card and a speaker set that includes a subwoofer.

A 4GB allocation of system RAM and a generous 1TB hard drive are supplied, however, and the Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC matches the Chillblast’s AOC F22+ monitor. This display offers a full-HD resolution and 0.25mm pixel pitch, and comes with a VGA connection and dual-DVI ports.

It isn’t unusual for a budget machine to rely on the graphics integrated into its processor for gaming – CyberPower and DinoPC also omitted a dedicated graphics card from their machines’ specification. But a score of 17fps in Fear (1024x768, ‘Maximum’ detail) means games are a bit of a non-starter. If a discrete graphics card is offered at no extra cost, as is the case with the Chillblast and Palicomp PCs, we’d be inclined to plump for that option instead. Note that adding a basic ATI Radeon HD 5450 to the Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC will cost only around £30, however.

Budget desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Shogun
  2. Arbico i3 5600 XL
  3. DinoPC Plutosaur 650
  4. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-22 USB3
  5. CyberPower Apollo XT

NEXT PAGE: Buying advice

Arbico i3 5600 XL Expert Verdict »

3.33GHz Intel Core i3-560
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit, Vista or XP at no extra cost)
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P7H55-M/USB3 motherboard
650W EZCool PSU
21.5in AOC F22+ (0.25mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
Intel GMA HD (Fear: 17fps)
onboard sound
2 x Logitech S120 speakers
24x/24x/12x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 135
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The compact dimensions of the Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC may make it look timid, but its Windows performance is anything but.

  • Chillblast Fusion Shogun review

    Chillblast Fusion Shogun

    Chillblast’s Fusion Shogun is a very well-specified budget desktop PC for the money, and carefully constructed both inside and out.

  • Arbico i5-7670 XL review

    Arbico i5-7670 XL

    The Arbico i5-7670 XL fails to impress against some strong competition, but it's the only budget desktop PC here to include a Blu-ray drive.

  • Arbico i7-9250 XL review

    Arbico i7-9250 XL

    Arbico has plumped for an Intel Core i7 CPU beloved of overclockers for its i7-9250 XL desktop PC.

  • DinoPC Plutosaur 650 review

    DinoPC Plutosaur 650

    The only system in the chart to feature a Core i5 processor, DinoPC’s i5-650-powered Plutosaur 650 budget desktop PC benefits from Turbo Boost.

  • CyberPower Apollo XT review

    CyberPower Apollo XT

    CyberPower’s Apollo XT budget desktop PC looks like a gaming beast. Unfortunately, there’s little inside worth showing off on a £500 budget.


IDG UK Sites

LG G Watch R video review: The most desirable Android Wear smartwatch

IDG UK Sites

Apple's 2014 highlights: the most significant Apple news of 2014

IDG UK Sites

2015 creative trends: leading designers & artists reveal the biggest influences & changes coming th)......

IDG UK Sites

Ultimate iOS 8 Tips: 35 awesome and advanced tips for using iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad