The E8600-based Chillblast Fusion Medusa is an impressive desktop PC, capable of satisfying power-hungry business users and avid gamers alike.

Very similar in configuration to the Arbico Elite 8630 Pro, this PC offers almost the same level of performance – but for £100 more.

The higher price can be explained largely by the Chillblast Fusion Medusa's 8GB of RAM rather than 4GB, and the inclusion of nVidia’s flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 280. However, Arbico's overclocked GTX 260 is able to keep up with it until you reach the very highest resolution and quality settings available.

The well constructed system case is finished in black with a mesh front panel and plenty of cooling, including a top-mounted fan. A high-quality 650W Corsair power supply is included, providing more than enough juice for the Chillblast Fusion Medusa's power-hungry graphics adaptor. There are no free memory slots, but you’re unlikely to need any more RAM.

Thanks to its DVI, the Chillblast Fusion Medusa's 24in Yuraku monitor delivers vivid, punchy colours. We marginally prefer rival models from the likes of LG, but this is nonetheless an impressive display for games and Blu-ray films.

The Chillblast Fusion Medusa comes with a Creative X-Fi XtremeAudio sound card and surround speakers – an important consideration if you’re going to make the most of its gaming and multimedia capabilities.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (Feb 09 issue)

  1. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy
  2. Mesh i7 920 HD
  3. Arbico Elite 8630 Pro
  4. Chillblast Fusion Medusa
  5. Zoostorm 64-6503