A gaming PC for the living room capable of making a PS4 hang its controllers up in defeat

Most under the TV PCs are dedicated media centers and are only generally only optimized for the watching of TV movies and the occasional image gallery. Gaming has never really come in to the equation until the Chillblast Fusion Xcalibur arrived on the scene, that is.

The Fusion Excalibur is a sleek, slim line Silverstone Raven RVZ01 case measuring in at 382 x 105 x 350mm. With its aesthetically designed pinched-in sides, you could be forgiven for thinking that one of the newer consoles was taking up the space in the AV cabinet and not a gaming Pc. Admittedly, though, these sides are made from a toughened plastic, but in no way do they detract from the overall appearance of the system.

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Inside the case you'll find an assortment of quality gaming components such as an Intel Core i5-4570 at 3 6GHz, 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, an Asus H81I Plus motherboard, an impressive GeForce GTX760 2GB graphics card, a 120GB Samsung 830-EVO SSD and a further 3.5" HB hard drive, all powered by a Silverstone SFX 4S0W 80Plus Bronze rated PSU. Interestingly enough, the GTX760 is fitted to a PCI riser board, which allows the card to be fitted horizontally as opposed to vertically; this makes fitting larger and more powerful cards possible within the confines of a smaller case.

Cooling is catered for thanks to a Scythe Shuriken low profile cooler and a nice 120mm quiet fan located on the top of the case. The end result, of course, is a whisper-quiet PC that manages to keep its cool even when under the most aggressive gaming stress.

Scores of 6375 in PC Mark 7 and 5591 in 3D Mark aren't too shabby and are what you would normally expect from a system several hundred pounds more expensive than the going price of the Fusion Xcalibur. Indeed, at 849 it's not a bad mid-range system in itself, let alone a dedicated gaming machine with a unique case and design.

The internal build quality is exceptionally neat and well laid out, with ample clearance for maximum airflow, considering the internal dimensions of the case and good cable management. Chillbast have made a good choice when it comes to the default components, they're powerful enough to play even the most graphically hungry game at full pelt while keeping the frames per second high and the gamer suitably happy.

Moreover, you can opt for more powerful or extra items through the customize button on the relevant Fusion Xcalibur page if needed, but the default would be more than capable enough to deliver the goods.

The front of the case has two USB 3.0 ports, headphone and mic ports as well as the on/off and reset buttons. The rear features two more USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and PS2 finish off the motherboard connections and two DVI with a single HDMI and Display Port from the GTX760.

Thanks to the riser, these are on a neater horizontal plane. Chillblast offers five-year warranty (two years collect and return, and a further three years of labor only), and there's also optional Chillblast Software Assistance and Windows Optimization Service.

The Fusion Excalibur is a great gaming PC in a case that can comfortably be placed in the living room. The spec is enough to compete with a next gen consoles and goes to prove that the gaming PC is far from dead.

A reasonably priced gaming PC in a desirable under-the-TV case

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