The Athlon 64 X2 6000+ has proven a huge success for Eclipse before, but the Mirage Sli a60n86GT's modest WorldBench 6 score of 90 compares unfavourably with the Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 machines. The Eclipse Mirage Sli a60n86GT’s 160GB hard drive is a respectable minimum offering in this category, while its RAM allocation of 2GB (pleased though we always are to find this in a sub-£500 PC) is matched by all the other machines in the chart.

The Eclipse Mirage Sli a60n86GT's Hannspree XM New York flat-panel is this system’s one eye-catching component – although not everybody will like its ‘interesting’ styling. The GeForce 8600 GT is a solid graphics card for the money, although the likes of the Radeon HD 3850 are a significant improvement when it comes to games performance.

Budget PCs chart ranking (March 08 issue)

  1. Arbico CD6750 SX
  2. Eclipse Fusion i670A385HD
  3. Advance Technologies AT-FX Air+
  4. CyberPower Gamer Ultra 550 - last month 2
  5. Eclipse Mirage Sli a60n86GT - last month 3