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£501-£750 PCs chart: Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PCNextDay

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Quad-core processors are causing us quite a headache at the moment. For, to be quite honest, we’re not exactly sure how we should be rating them. The problem is that while they don’t produce stellar results for the money on today’s applications, come back in a year or two and the situation could be very different.

Should you be looking to buy a quad-core PC on a budget, the Zoostorm 2-5406 is far and away the most affordable version yet.


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Third place


Quad-core processors are causing us quite a headache at the moment. For, to be quite honest, we’re not exactly sure how we should be rating them. The problem is that while they don’t produce stellar results for the money on today’s applications, come back in a year or two and the situation could be very different. Multicore chips are intended to work their best magic when given multithreaded applications to work with. Since few of these titles exist today, the advantage of having a quad-core chip rather than a standard dual-core model isn’t currently that apparent. However, if you can track down some multithreaded software then you may well find quad-core technology running rings around dual-core PC. Graphics professionals, in particular, have much to gain by requesting four rather than two cores.

But we keep coming back to the fact that, if you’re using today’s applications, you probably don’t have the software to exploit the potentially fantastic quad-core chip found in this Zoostorm PC. If you’re buying a PC that you want to remain fresh for years to come then quad-core might well be the way to go. But we’re going to assume that most £750 PCs aren’t purchases for the long-term. And, had this PC come with standard dual-core technology then we suspect Zoostorm might have loaded it with superior components.

The GeForce 8600 GTS card is okay, but it’s no match for the 8800 GTS cards. The 19in GNR flat-panel is adequate but nothing more, and while the 400GB hard drive is the largest in the chart and the speakers are better than those found on the other £750 machines, this PC is otherwise very ordinary. However, should you be looking to buy a quad-core PC on a budget, this is far and away the most affordable version yet.

Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC Expert Verdict »

2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
400GB serial ATA
MSI P35 Neo motherboard
7 USB ports
19in GNR TS902W flat-panel, 0.285mm pixel pitch, 1,440x900 maximum resolution
256MB nVidia GeForce 8600 GS, PCI Express
onboard Realtek HD sound card
5 x Philips MMS460 speakers
maximum DVD speeds 16x/18x/18x (DVD -ROM/-R/+R) 8x/8x (-R DL/+R DL) 6x/8x/12x (-RW/+RW/-RAM)
flash memory drive
1-year onsite warranty
WorldBench 6 score 94
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 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

Should you be looking to buy a quad-core PC on a budget, this is far and away the most affordable version yet.

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