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  1. Dell XPS 730X review

    Dell XPS 730X review

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    Dell's XPS 730X stands for Xtremely Pricey System

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    Asus Eee Box review

    Asus Eee Box review

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    Good things come in small packages, well, the Eee PC certainly proved that to be true. And judging by the number of Eee PC clones out there today, it's obvious that small computers are big business now.

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    Commodore Gaming XX 3GHz review

    Commodore Gaming XX 3GHz review

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    My first ever computer was a Commodore. A beautiful machine, all chunky plastic keys and shades of beige and grey called the Vic-20. I was about five- or six-years-old and I was hooked.

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    Apple iMac 3.06 GHz review

    Apple iMac 3.06 GHz review

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    The hardy iMac, which was first announced to the world a decade ago this summer, is responsible for a significant chunk of Apple’s success. Back in 1998, you’ll remember that it was the brightly coloured, translucent iMac that reaffirmed Apple’s reputation as a hot design house and groundbreaking computer-maker in one.

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    Cyberpower Liquid Gamer Infinity SLI review

    Cyberpower Liquid Gamer Infinity SLI review

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    Performance rigs aren’t having an easy time of it. Budget systems can be picked up for as little as £500 yet can still throw around most games with wanton abandon (at least at lower settings and resolutions). Meanwhile, the graphics market is bereft of high-end cards that warrant spending silly money. CyberPower has an answer to this particularly tricky problem that comes in the form of lots of glowing piping and clock speeds.

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    IT-Partner XTD 2450 review

    IT-Partner XTD 2450 review

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    The XTD has given me a conundrum: it’s a well specced, well-made rig that costs about the same as if you’d bought all the individual bits yourself and spent an age setting it all up. And trying to figure out which component was the offending item stopping the damn thing posting… Of course, I have long been a proponent of building your own PC when it comes to starting from scratch, but rigs like this are starting to make me question my own DIY ethos.

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    PC Specialist Apollo V930 Pro review

    PC Specialist Apollo V930 Pro review

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    When quad-core hits the mainstream you know that it’s a good time to buy. Like the current housing market, prices are falling fast. The difference is, of course, that you won’t have trouble financing a purchase like the Apollo V930: £600 will get you a quad-core PC, widescreen monitor and peripherals.

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    Commodore Gaming XX (2.66 GHz) review

    Commodore Gaming XX (2.66 GHz) review

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    Owning a home computer in the 80s usually meant owning a Commodore. The company was known for producing some of the most popular gaming machines during the 8-bit and 16-bit eras: the VIC-20, C64 and Amiga

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    Philips LRPC7500 review

    Philips LRPC7500 review

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    Philips second-generation media centre PC ticks most of the boxes when it comes to living room system integration. Unlike its name, the Philips LRPC7500 Streamium Freevents is wonderfully small, measuring a mere 45mm high.

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    Computer Planet Intel Core 2 Duo System review

    Computer Planet Intel Core 2 Duo System review

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    Computer Planet is a custom builder with a good pedigree, but when challenged with a £500 budget, we were surprised what we ended up with – and not in a good way

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    Sony VAIO TP2 review

    Sony VAIO TP2 review

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    Media centres and living room PCs are set to become one of the rising technologies of the next twelve months, and Sony is hoping that its brand new VAIO TP2 media PC will set the standard for the rest of the competition. Its timing couldn't be better either, because in 2008 more people than ever are waking up to the dream of building a digital home.

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    Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 930 review

    Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 930 review

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    Two months ago, we experienced a miracle in the PCFormat bunker, as if God himself had let a PC descend from the heavens like a dual-core Angel Gabriel. It was the CyberPower Infinty 850, a sub-£550 gaming rig that would run Crysis out of the box. Amen. Would Cyberpower be able to pull off such a marvel again? In a word, no.

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    Shuttle XPC P2-3500G review

    Shuttle XPC P2-3500G review

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    Despite the diminutive sizes of its machines, Shuttle appears to be getting itself some serious delusions of grandeur. You can’t possibly make a small form factor gaming machine. Can you? Well, with the machines that Shuttle has been putting out recently these delusions have become reality.

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    Shuttle XPC SX38P2 Pro review

    Shuttle XPC SX38P2 Pro review

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    Small form factors cases are cool, right? They’re compact, light and look awesome. Unfortunately building a gaming rig out of one is usually impossible, with space enough for nought but a puny pixel pusher. Not with Shuttle’s latest barebones system though; the XPC SX38P2 is just about as high end as you could wish for.

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    Advance Tec ATFX Triple Sli review

    Advance Tec ATFX Triple Sli review

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    Until now, a system with triple-SLI pre-installed has been a PCFormat lab dream – theoretically possible, but never actually seen in the wild. That is, until the arrival of Advance Tec’s new machine, comprising no fewer than three beefy BFG 8800GTX graphics cards.

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    Cyber Power Gamer Infinity 850 review

    Cyber Power Gamer Infinity 850 review

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    The PC landscape is filled with a million upgrade routes, whether it’s a question of fitting an improved graphics card or a CPU and motherboard combination. This is both the beauty and bane of being a PC gamer.

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    PC NextDay Zoostorm Core 2 Duo E6550 zStyle review

    PC NextDay Zoostorm Core 2 Duo E6550 zStyle review

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    Look hard enough and you'll find a PC that's every bit as sleek as a Mac. You might not expect a company like PCNextday to deliver such a product, but this new Zoostorm desktop looks great and is a powerful package - all for just £600.

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    Cyberpower Infinity XT Elite review

    Cyberpower Infinity XT Elite review

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    Ask any PC expert and they'll all tell you the same thing: you can't buy a decent gaming PC for £799. Then again, perhaps they haven't seen the Cyberpower Systems Gamer Infinity XT Elite. It's got the gorgeous looks you need in a silver-grey case, with retro-style analogue dials for voltage, fan speed and temperature. Turn it on and blue light shines from the case window. It's also got the hardware, in the shape of a powerful 512MB ATI HD2900XT display card, excellent Creative T6100 5.1 speakers and even an 802.11g Wi-Fi card thrown in for easy networking.

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    PC Specialist Apollo Home XT review

    PC Specialist Apollo Home XT review

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    The PC Specialist Apollo Home XT isn’t one of the most stylish PCs. Still, at least it’s not beige and by avoiding spending money on a flashy case PC Specialist is able to throw in a digital TV tuner card and deliver the whole system for free. Now that sounds good to us.

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    MESH Elite E6850 GT ANS review

    MESH Elite E6850 GT ANS review

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    MESH has a reputation for producing high-spec systems at a low price, and sure enough the Elite E6850 GT ANS stands out in several areas. It has a fast CPU in the Core 2 Duo E6850, a hefty 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, the 18x DVD writer has LightScribe support, and there's still cash left over to thrown in a digital/analogue TV tuner card.

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    Zoostorm 5-7401 Edge PC review

    Zoostorm 5-7401 Edge PC review

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    The 5-7401 Edge PC comes with an SLI motherboard and a power supply boasting enough juice for that second graphics card. There's no screen or other trappings of a full system, but this has enabled Zoostorm to concentrate on other elements of the rig, and produce something a little less budget-focused.

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    PC Specialist Apollo Home Pro review

    PC Specialist Apollo Home Pro review

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    Back in this year’s damp summer, PCAnswers looked at a £900 model from PC Specialist that proved great value for money. Can this updated model that costs over £100 less win us over?

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