Those who want to play hard and look good while they’re doing it will appreciate the CyberPower Gamer Infinity GT’s windowed, blue-lit side panel, colour-co-ordinated interior components and impressive-looking Intel CPU cooler, usually found only on the company’s highest-performing chips.

This latter feature may be slight overkill for a Core 2 Duo E8500, but over-engineering the cooling doesn’t hurt. It looks much better than the standard cooler, and allows overclockers to push the processor that bit further – something CyberPower is happy to do for an additional £57. The CyberPower Gamer Infinity GT's case-mounted LCD readout is another nice touch. This displays the temperatures of key internal components – a boon for those who like to push their PC to the limits.

At stock speeds the CyberPower Gamer Infinity GT delivers reasonably good performance, scoring seven WorldBench 6 points fewer than Arbico's Elite 8070EX. But this is a gaming PC, not an Excel workhorse, and manages to beat the Arbico convincingly in both our Fear and Crysis tests.

It can’t match the Eclipse Elite i85n98GTX’s gaming performance, but the CyberPower Gamer Infinity GT is a more stylish and generally higher-performing system. The specifications are impressive: 4GB of RAM, a 22in Chimei monitor with a digital input and Creative 5.1 speakers offer a rounded entertainment package that’s good enough for multimedia playback and the odd bit of office work.

Chart ranking: budget desktop PCs (August issue)

  1. Arbico Elite 8070EX
  2. Mesh Elite Q9300 Pro
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity GT
  4. Eclipse Elite i85n98GTX
  5. Dell Inspiron 530/1142

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