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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.

Crystal-clear

Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana may be yet to embrace the designer wrapping for svelte home electronics concept, but there's nothing stopping you from adding some bling. InWin does a floral case encrusted with rhinestone jewels. Philips' Swarovski crystal-covered USB thumb drives and earphones will complete the look.

And, if you really must, a Hello Kitty crystal-encrusted NEC laptop is available for import from the Far East.
But if you simply want to create a distinctive look for your system, shop around at sites such as eBuyer.com, PC Advisor Shopping, dabs.com, overclockers.co.uk and maplin.co.uk for cases that fit the bill.

For one of the widest range of choices in both PC design and cases to houses them, Commodore offers more than 200 different finishes, superbly applied by airbrush artists.

Laptop fans don't get the professional paint job – but several accessory companies now sell 'skins'. You can either choose one of the existing designs or upload your own photo to be turned into a fascia. At sites such as lapjacks.com, laptopskins.net and the wonderfully named backslaps.co.uk you can order self-adhesive skins from as little as £11.

What's more, everyone from Sony and Apple to Dell and even Lenovo now offer laptops in a choice of coloured finishes. Asus and Acer let you advertise your allegiance to Lamborghini or Ferrari respectively, while Hannspree makes football team-themed screens as well as ones reflecting your interest in other sports.

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