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PC Advisor's 11-step designer PC buying guide

Grab yourself a stylish, souped-up bargain PC

Computers come in many different guises; some barely resemble a PC at all. We've had it with plain-vanilla and boring black machines, and we've gone designer. Here's how to get a PC that looks good, both inside and out.

Pimp my PC

You don't have to buy a whole new PC to attain a more memorable-looking machine. A few cosmetic changes can make a huge difference – and not just to its looks. The most obvious update is to the exterior.

It's not just cars that lend themselves to being ‘pimped'. You can give your dull-grey box an outrageous makeover too. Rather than simply replacing a plastic case with a more durable brushed-aluminium one, you can make a statement while you're at it.

If you're not keen on replacing your PC's case, but do want to give it a whole new look, red, green or blue LEDs and cathode-ray tubes running along its exterior could be just the ticket. These cost as little as £6.

LCD graphic displays that reside in a spare hard-drive bay slot also have the benefit of keeping you informed of how hot or cool your PC is running – critical if you've installed dual graphics cards and overclocked things to the max.

If you're looking for dials to crank up the processor speed and fans, plus pumps and radiators to keep things cool, try PC Advisor Shopping, dabs.com, overclockers.co.uk and maplin.co.uk.

Pimped PCs

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  1. Designer PC buying guide
  2. General PC buying advice
  3. Pimp my PC
  4. Crystal-clear
  5. Super-skinny models
  6. Entertainment today
  7. All-in-one approach
  8. Miniature PCs
  9. Ever-decreasing circuit boards
  10. Silent nights
  11. And now for something completely different

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