Zoostorm has built a reputation as a company that can pack a PC with a dizzying array of components within a tight budget. The mid-price Zoostorm 4-4428 has a fantastic processor – although its other components are less outstanding.

The Zoostorm 4-4428’s Penryn E8500 chip certainly merits a special mention. That its performance isn’t quite as glittering here as in the Arbico CD8500 XL is very much down to the choice of RAM. The Zoostorm 4-4428 comes with just 2GB of DDR RAM and it’s DDR2-667 rather than the faster DDR2-800 RAM. It says plenty for the quality of the E8500 that the Zoostorm 4-4428 racks up 117 WorldBench points with this lesser complement of memory.

And RAM isn’t the only area where rival machines have the edge. The Zoostorm 4-4428's 250GB hard drive will be ample for most needs, but it’s surpassed by the 320GB and 400GB units found in several of the other PCs. The screen is a relatively small 19in model, like the Arbico CD8500 XL’s Hanspree, but lacks the colour quality of that screen. The Zoostorm 4-4428's 8800 GT is a good graphics card, but is a common inclusion in this chart. Much the same could be said of the Samsung DVD writer, while the Zoostorm 4-4428's sound system is average.

Budget PCs chart ranking (April issue)

  1. Arbico CD8500 XL
  2. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Silent Edition
  3. Eclipse Crucial Supreme n685n88GTS-0C
  4. Chillblast Fusion Gladiator - last month 1
  5. Zoostorm 4-4428