It’s rare to see a quad-core system such as the Zoostorm 64-6503 topping any of our desktop PC charts. With their slower clock speeds, quad-core systems have struggled to perform well in our WorldBench tests, and their benefits are limited to applications that are able to take advantage of their multiprocessing capabilities.

However, with a 2.83GHz Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor inside, the Zoostorm 64-6503 turns in an excellent score of 127 WorldBench 6 points. That’s up there with dual-core PCs that use the 3.33GHz Core 2 Duo E8600.

Powered by nVidia’s GTX 280, the Zoostorm 64-6503 is also capable of very good gaming performance. You can expect to play most current games without having to turn down the quality settings.

Behind a sliding panel, the Zoostorm 64-6503's otherwise standard case houses a multiformat card reader and a pair of USB 2.0 connectors. There are also three 5.25in drive bays.

Its MSI motherboard is capable of scalable link interface (SLI) operation, should you wish to add a second graphics card later on. The Zoostorm 64-6503 is also fitted with a high-quality 880W power supply, which provides ample power to the demanding graphics processor.

When you consider that the Zoostorm 64-6503 is one of the least expensive systems in its price category, it’s quite impressive. A combo Blu-ray- and HD DVD drive is included, too.

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