Like Arbico's chart-topping Elite 8595, the Chillblast Javelin is based on a 3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processor. And the similarities don’t end there. It also comes with a generous 4GB of DDR2 RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a 22-speed DVD burner and the popular 19in Hannspree New York monitor.

As an added extra, a set of Logitech 2.1-channel speakers (two speakers and a subwoofer) provide the Chillblast Javelin a boost in audio quality.

The reason the Chillblast Javelin is in second place is simply a question of raw speed: its WorldBench 6 score is a clear 10 points behind the Arbico Elite 8595. It’s not in the same class as the Best Buy when it comes to general performance.

Gamers, however, shouldn’t worry about the WorldBench 6 score. They’ll focus on the Chillblast Javelin’s XpertVision GeForce 9800 GT graphics card, which is much, much faster than the Arbico Elite 8595's 9500 GT. At this price point nothing can touch the Chillblast Javelin for gaming performance – its framerates were roughly triple those delivered by the Arbico and Mesh systems. It can even handle advanced titles such as Crysis, albeit at the lower end of the quality settings.

The Chillblast Javelin doesn’t look as slick as the Arbico, but the case has loads of room for expansion and comes with a set of front-facing USB ports (omitted from the latter). Inside, the ASRock Wolfdale 1333-GLAN motherboard is quite basic: there are only two memory slots and the 400W power supply may well need upgrading if you’re planning any major upgrades.

Budget desktop PCs: chart ranking (Nov 08 issue)

  1. Arbico Elite 8595
  2. Chillblast Javelin
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity 850
  4. Mesh Pulse 8600 GT
  5. Dell Inspiron 530/2583

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