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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.

All-in-one approach

About the same time that Microsoft decided it was a good idea to work with hardware manufacturers on a standard-issue set of components for media-centre PCs, several companies decided to combine the lot to make single-unit systems. While these appear to combine the benefits of a laptop and a desktop PC, they can also be restrictive in terms of placement and upgradability.

A better bet are systems that combine the main base unit with the screen. Gateway's ONE system is a good example, as is Apple's iMac with its glorious 24in flatscreen.

You can position your monitor well away from the keyboard, making work more comfortable, although such screens tend to be less height- and tilt-adjustable than most LCDs.

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