Mesh has created a great all-rounder: the Elite Storm HD excels in the office and, while it’s clearly a fast gaming system, it’s also the only PC here that’s ready for high-definition (HD) entertainment.

Mesh has plumped for an Iiyama PLE2403WS-B1 display. At 24in, the Mesh Elite Storm HD has the largest flat-panel on offer in this chart. With a massive 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution, this monitor will form part of an excellent multimedia system, add excitement to games and boost productivity.

Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, the Mesh Elite Storm HD delivers excellent performance with a WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 120. Its pair of 512MB 8800 GT graphics cards provide very good gaming speeds, too.

What truly sets the Mesh Elite Storm HDC apart from the competition, though, is its Pioneer Blu-ray drive (which is also capable of burning DVDs, albeit at a slower rate than dedicated DVD writers). The bundled Cyberlink Blu-ray software and set of Creative Inspire speakers give you all you need to enjoy HD movies at full 1,080p resolution.

The Mesh Elite Storm HD is also fitted with the obligatory 4GB of RAM – but this system suffers from the limitations of the 32bit edition of Vista, leaving only 2.75GB of memory available for use and a large portion of RAM wasted.

With the Mesh Elite Storm HD’s inclusion of a Creative X-Fi ExtremeGamer sound card, there’s no room for any further expansion cards; there are no free RAM slots either, although the case has plenty of space for hard-drive expansion or the addition of a second, faster DVD burner.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (June 08 issue)

  1. Mesh Elite Storm HD
  2. Arbico HD8570 X2
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Crossfire GT
  4. Chillblast Fusion Firestorm
  5. PC Specialist E840GT SLI