Like the Arbico, Chillblast’s Dreadnought uses Intel’s brand-new 3.33GHz E8600 processor. This CPU is almost unbeatable when it comes to price versus performance and, because most users are still unable to fully take advantage of quad-core processing, represents an excellent purchase for both budget and power systems. Nevertheless, a score of 122 WorldBench 6 points shows a slightly lower real-world speed than we would have expected.

A budget of £1,299 allows Chillblast to make use of higher-quality components with the Dreadnought, not only in the choice of graphics card – a powerful ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 – but also in the selection of an attractive system case and high-spec Corsair power supply.

The Chillblast Dreadnought's CoolerMaster CM-690 case is tall, with five tool-free external 5.25in bays available and a similar number of internal 3.5in bays. Plenty of ventilation is provided, with a pair of large fans blowing the heated air out through the top of the case.

The Chillblast Dreadnought uses the same Asus P5Q Pro motherboard found in CyberPower’s Gamer Infinity. It’s a premium model that supports CrossFire and Express Gate technology, allowing you to add a second graphics card and quickly boot into a mini version of the OS without waiting for Windows to load.

A full terabyte of hard drive storage is provided, along with a Blu-ray-compatible DVD drive. The latter is an ideal companion to the Chillblast Dreadnought's 24in DGM monitor. A Creative X-Fi XtremeAudio sound card and set of Creative 5.1 speakers complete the package.

Chart ranking: £1,001-plus desktop PCs

  1. Zoostorm 64-6503
  2. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Quad Elite
  3. Arbico Elite 8680 GTX
  4. Chillblast Dreadnought
  5. Mesh Ultimate GTX Steath

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