Arbico’s Elite 4685HD performs well across the board. It turned in a respectable score of 125 points in our gruelling WorldBench 6 real-world speed test, while our gaming tests saw high – but not outstanding – framerates.
The Arbico Elite 4685HD combines Intel’s Core 2 Duo E8500 chip with a brand-new ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card. The third-placed CyberPower Gamer Infinity 600 desktop PC uses exactly the same configuration, but the Arbico machine performs better in desktop applications and a little worse than the CyberPower Gamer Infinity 600 system in gaming.
Arbico has again opted for a Coolermaster Elite 330, a smart and well-made case that’s not too garish or overly concerned with gaming. This case provides plenty of room for internal expansion, and the Arbico Elite 4685HD has space for more hard disks and optical drives than you’ll ever need.
A good, clear airflow is assisted by the Arbico Elite 4685HD's pair of large, quiet fans. A 500W EzCool PSU is also supplied, which gives a little extra oomph to accommodate future upgrades.
The ASRock motherboard is an odd pairing with the Arbico Elite 4685HD's case, however. It looks tiny, and its limited number of slots – you’ll find only a single pair of memory slots, which are already in use – mean you’ll struggle to get much benefit from the capacious case.
A 19in Hannspree XM New York monitor is also provided with the Arbico Elite 4685HD. This decent display is becoming almost as common as Intel’s E8500 processor in this price range.
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