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Mesh Elite 3450-W8CS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £602
inc VAT

This inexpensive PC packs in a surprising amount of power for the price


3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450, 8GB RAM, 21.5in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 8

The Mesh Elite 3450-W8CS may be a reasonably-priced PC, but this doesn’t come at the expense of specification; it’s a Windows 8 PC with an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of fast RAM. The components aren’t all top-of-the range, but they work together to produce a high-quality PC for a very reasonable price.

Mesh Elite 3450-W8CS

The Cooler Master case is cheap and generic, with slightly tacky-looking silver plastic highlights on its black mesh front. Inside, it’s all plain grey metal, but the edges – if a little rough in places – are all properly finished. The case doesn’t do much to block system noise, as there are large vents in the side panel and at the bottom of the case. There also aren’t any fine mesh grilles to keep dust from getting in. There’s only one fan currently installed, although there’s space for plenty more.

There are seven 3 1/2in drive bays, one of which is occupied by a 1TB hard disk. One of the free bays is externally facing, so you could use it to fit an SSD. There are also four 5 1/4in bays, again with one currently in use for a DVD-RW drive. There’s a generic 450W power supply at the bottom of the case, which we wouldn’t trust to power anything above a replacement mid-range graphics card.

Mesh Elite 3450-W8CS

The motherboard, a MSI B75MA-E33, is a compact affair with only one PCI, one PCI-E x1 and one PCI-E x16 slot. Both the PCI and PCI-E x1 slot are accessible, although a card in the PCI Express x1 slot may restrict airflow to the graphics card, depending on its size. The graphics card installed in the x16 slot is a compact Nvidia GeForce GT 640 with 1GB of memory and VGA, DVI and HDMI ports on the back. It’s not particularly powerful, producing average frame rates of 11.3fps in Crysis 2 at 1,920×1,080 and Ultra quality. Dropping the resolution to High quality produces a more playable average frame rate of 26.8fps; it’s still not great, but the card is capable of getting a reasonable performance out of any modern 3D game.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-3450
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x31
Processor clock speed 3.1GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard MSI B75MA-E33
Motherboard chipset Intel B75


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 2
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda (ST1000DM003-9YN162)
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 640
Graphics/video ports VGA, DVI, HDMI


Sound Realtek ALC887
Sound outputs 5.1 line out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 21.5 in
Screen model Acer G226HQL
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Logitech K260
Mouse Logitech M210


Software included none
Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option restore partition

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (three years labour, two years parts, three months free collect & return)
Price £602

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