Like the top two PCs, CyberPower’s Gamer Infinity XT Elite is based on the E8600 chip. It’s another strong budget PC performer, albeit some way behind the Chillblast Fusion Osiris and Arbico Elite 8850 Pro.

Gaming performance, however, is a little higher, thanks to the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite's nVidia 9800 GTX+ graphics card. This shows a small performance gain over the ATI Radeon HD 4850 in many games, including Crysis.

The white, smart-looking 22in Fujitsu-Siemens display is a pleasing inclusion, featuring a two-port USB hub and an adjustable desk light and pen tray. It also offers VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, composite video and S-video for legacy kit and built-in stereo sound – which you’ll need because the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite comes without external speakers.

The CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite's case seems targeted at gamers, with its transparent side panel, interior lighting and ‘bubbling liquid’ tube lights. A small door conceals a pair of front-facing USB ports and audio connectors, although this is situated at the very bottom of the case – inconvenient if your PC sits on the floor.

Inside, there are plenty of spare motherboard slots for expansion cards and memory upgrades and the case is well ventilated. There’s also ample room inside the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite for additional hard drives and optical drives.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (Feb 09 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Osiris
  2. Arbico Elite 8850 Pro
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite
  4. Mesh Elite 9600 GT
  5. Acer ASM3201