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8/10

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Cyberpower has also done an exemplary job of cable tidying, with even the smallest cables tucked away neatly, clasped and/or braided, and angled cables used where appropriate. Everything considered, it's one of the neatest builds we've come across, and though the red video card, blue motherboard, orange SATA cables and green RAM sticks go about as well together as Smarties and asparagus, you won't usually get to see it all as the Three Hundred case lacks side windows.

As already mentioned the Infinity i5 Achilles XT uses Intel's Core i5 750 (socket 1156) CPU, which is our favourite processor because of its amazing value for money and overclocking potential. Not that many games will come even close to taxing this quad-core chip at stock speeds (2.8GHz Turbo-clocked), but Cyberpower has overclocked it to 3.6GHz just in case - in fact we read 3675MHz. This might seem a little conservative compared to the 4GHz speeds found on many i5 750 machines, such as the tiny and brilliant Cryo Nano, but it should still be plenty so that you're never left wanting. It's cooled by a massive XtremeGear HDT 120 Xtreme heatpipe cooler with its own rubber-mounted detachable 120mm fan sporting dimpled blades, which keeps the Core i5 below 70 degrees even under the heaviest loads.



As usual for a PC these days, the CPU is backed by 4GB of RAM. Specifically you get 1,333MHz Geil RAM in two plain sticks without heatsinks – essential here since the CPU cooler's fan barely clears the closest DIMM as is. Of course the 64-bit version of Windows 7 is on hand to take full advantage of all that memory, and aside from a very attractive custom Cyberpower wallpaper the install has been left nice and clean. This also leaves most of the spacious 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3 to host your precious games and other apps.

Just like its case, the motherboard used here is an old familiar, since it's the same Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 Micro-ATX model found in Cyberpower's previous budget offering, the Infinity i5 Hercules SE. While this does leave the case's interior feeling very roomy, expansion potential is somewhat limited as the custom cooler on the Powercolor graphics card takes up two extra slots! This only leaves one full-length PCIe slot free, though you can forget about installing a second graphics card for some CrossFire action, since it only runs at 4x. Again, while we would make a fuss about this in a PC at the £1,000 mark, at this PC's price point it's not really an issue.

The rig is powered by a Cyberpower-branded 950W non-modular PSU, which is frankly far more power than this system needs.

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