It wasn’t easy separating them, but the sleek Arbico Elite 8626GTX edges out Zoostorm's impressive 64-6406 to claim the Best Buy badge.

The Arbico Elite 8626GTX comes with a larger hard drive: its 1TB of storage compares favourably to the Zoostorm 64-6406’s 750GB. The company also bundles a better display – LG’s excellent L226WTQ – and a Blu-ray/HD DVD drive.

Admittedly, Arbico has compromised a little on the Elite 8626GTX's graphics, packing a GeForce GTX 260 card instead of a GTX 280. But the computer’s BFG MaXcore is no ordinary GTX 260. With its GPU core and memory running at 655MHz and 1,125MHz respectively, this card is clocked higher than the GTX 280 and delivers performance that’s almost indistinguishable from the more expensive card – and at a considerable saving.

Like the Zoostorm 64-6406, the Arbico Elite 8626GTX uses Intel’s Core 2 Duo E8600 processor to devastating effect. It achieved a staggering 133 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test, one of the best scores we’ve seen across any of our price brackets.

The Arbico Elite 8626GTX's Elite 330 case doesn’t offer the same impressive features as the Dominator 690 favoured by the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Ultimate DDR3 and Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA. But it does provide plenty of expansion room.

The Arbico Elite 8626GTX's Gigabyte motherboard also offers room for expansion with two free memory slots, although it won’t be possible to add a second graphics card. Its 460W PSU is considerably less powerful than that supplied with the Zoostorm 64-6406 desktop PC.

Creative’s Audigy SE 7.1 sound card provide the Arbico Elite 8626GTX with multichannel surround sound through a 5.1-channel set of Cyber Acoustics – five  speakers and a subwoofer – making this a good all-round computer for work, gaming or multimedia.


Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (January issue)

  1. Arbico Elite 8626GTX
  2. Zoostorm 64-6406
  3. Chillblast Fusion Photon
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Ultimate DDR3
  5. Mesh Xtreme GTX260 PCA