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PC Nextday Zoostorm 64-4303 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £650
inc VAT


2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,680×1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

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PC Nextday’s Zoostorm 64-4303 is one of only two PCs in this entire Labs to come with a set of 5.1 surround-sound speakers.

You’ll need to position the Edifier M1550 speakers carefully for the best sound and they don’t have as much bass as we’d like, but they’re useful for watching movies and playing games.

The 64-4303 is one of the fastest £650 PCs for gaming, thanks to its Nvidia GeForce 9800GT graphics card. It produced over 40fps in Call of Duty 4, but you’ll need to adjust the graphics settings for smooth gameplay in Crysis at the monitor’s native resolution.

Like PC Specialist’s Apollo Q830 GT, the Zoostorm 64-4303 has a Core 2 Quad Q8300 processor and 4GB of RAM. It fared well in our tests, but the £650 Eclipse and Mesh PCs were faster with their Phenom II processors.

You can’t add any more memory, but 4GB should be more than enough for a while. You’d need to upgrade to 64-bit Windows to use the entire 4GB anyway, as the pre-installed 32-bit version can only access 3.5GB at most.

The Zoostorm 64-4303 has fewer spare expansion slots and internal storage bays than some PCs here, but it should be sufficient for most people. There are five empty 3?in bays, but just one spare 5?in drive bay. There are two PCI slots and one PCI Express x1 slot, but the graphics card blocks access to the x1 slot.

We weren’t expecting to see the best-quality monitors included with PCs at this price, but we were nevertheless disappointed with the AMW display. It may be large at 22in, and the glossy finish might make images look vibrant, but the backlight is uneven, so parts of the screen look darker than others. Thanks to relatively narrow viewing angles, the colour accuracy suffers even more if you’re not looking at it square on.

Apart from the quality of the monitor, this is a good PC. It even comes with an onsite warranty, which is convenient if any hardware should fail. Mesh’s 920 Nero is narrowly the better deal, but the Zoostorm 64-4303 is a good choice (along with the Eclipse) for games.

Basic Specifications

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Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300
Processor external bus 333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplier x7.5
Processor clock speed 2.5GHz
Processor socket LGA775
Level 1 cache 4x 32KB
Level 2 cache 2,048KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 4GB
Motherboard Foxconn G31MX
Motherboard chipset Intel G31 + ICH7
Power consumption standby 7W
Power consumption idle 95W
Power consumption active 170W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 2
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm


Graphics card(s) 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, TV out


Sound Realtek ALC662
Sound outputs 5.1 line out
Speakers Edifier M1550 5.1

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model Sony NEC Optiarc AD-5200S
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model AMW X2210WDS
Native resolution 1,680×1,050
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Microsoft Basic Keyboard 1.0A
Mouse Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse 1.0A


Software included none
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore option restore partition

Buying Information

Warranty one year onsite
Price £650

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