Based on an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, Mesh’s G94 Pulse offers solid – but not class-leading – performance. Its WorldBench speed score of 113 beats the E8500-powered Chillblast Fusion Cobra.

The 512MB nVidia Geforce 9600 GT delivers plenty of performance for the casual gamer. It’s well above the budget level and capable of playing modern titles at acceptable resolutions. The motherboard is SLI-ready, so if you want more gaming power you can easily add an extra 9600 GT to the Mesh G94 Pulse.

However, Mesh’s priorities lie elsewhere. You get a massive 500GB Seagate hard drive, which dwarfs rival offerings. The 22in Iiyama display, meanwhile, is as big as flat-panels get at this price point. The Mesh G94 Pulse is therefore ideal for both editing and storing media files.

There’s two small Logitech speakers and a subwoofer, but the Mesh G94 Pulse's audio duties are left to the motherboard’s built-in sound hardware rather than an add-in card.

The Mesh G94 Pulse's supplied 4GB of RAM occupies all four slots, but there are plenty of PCI and PCI-Express expansion slots free and room for many more hard drives.  

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (June issue)

  1. Arbico CD8520 XL
  2. Chillblast Fusion Cobra
  3. Mesh G94 Pulse
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity 850
  5. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Silent Edition