The second PC here to come fitted with a GeForce GTX 260 graphics card, the Mesh Elite GTX260 Pro is capable of impressive gaming scores. However, with the older E8500 chip inside, this system can’t match the overall speed of the Best Buy.

Mesh has an ace up its sleeve: a massive 8GB allocation of RAM. If you’re a major multitasker, the Mesh Elite GTX260 Pro will fly. You’ll need to run a 64bit OS to make full use of this memory, however, so make sure that your peripherals and installed applications are happy to run in this environment before you rush out and buy this machine.

Our WorldBench 6 processing-speed test suite doesn’t fully exploit the Mesh Elite GTX260 Pro's full amount of memory but, if you’re used to working with multiple large images or editing HD video, you’ll find the performance gain profound.

The Mesh Elite GTX260 Pro's 22in Hanns-G monitor lacks the style and specification of the Samsung supplied with the Chillblast, but it features both digital and analogue inputs and is a perfectly adequate, no-frills display.

The Mesh Elite GTX260 Pro’s Midi ATX case is also standard fare, although it has room for internal expansion and is fitted with a front-facing memory card reader, three USB ports, FireWire and analogue audio.

Inside the Mesh Elite GTX260 Pro, we were pleased to find a 700W CoolerMaster Silent Pro power supply. The GTX 260 graphics card can use up a lot of juice and a quality power supply is an often overlooked component of a reliable PC.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (Nov issue)

  1. Zoostorm 64-6502
  2. Mesh Elite GTX260 Pro
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Silent Edition
  4. Chillblast Olympian
  5. PC Specialist Apollo HD8600

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