Whether you're in the market for an insanely high-end rig or you just feel like doing a little high-tech window shopping, check out these pricey PCs. We can all dream.

When it comes to PCs, you get what you pay for. Though £350 can buy a serviceable machine and £1,200 can net a pretty sweet gaming rig, that's just the beginning of the price range for hardcore computing power. Here's a look at what you could have if money were no object.

Falcon Northwest Mach V - $8,130 (£5,135)

Your PC's innards are state of the art - shouldn't the exterior say as much? The folks at Falcon Northwest can build you a blisteringly fast computer. But they can go one step further, too, and airbrush custom artwork on to the chassis. Alas, good taste isn't necessarily included.

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Maingear Shift - $8,208 (£5,185)

If you want a beast that's as imposing as it is powerful, you want Maingear's Shift. The chassis screams 'pragmatism be damned', and the machine is packed with solid-state drives and no fewer than three graphics cards. You get all of that in a vertically mounted case, for optimum airflow.

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Whether you're in the market for an insanely high-end rig or you just feel like doing a little high-tech window shopping, check out these pricey PCs. We can all dream.

Falcon Northwest DRX - $8,107 (£5,120)

Slick automotive paint, 12GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 480M graphics board, and three 256GB solid-state drives can push the cost of a Falcon DRX laptop over $8,000 (£5,100). But hey, you get a free backpack to carry it in!

iBuyPower Level 10 - $7,609 (£4,800)

iBuyPower's Level 10 throws conventional design wisdom to the wind. Created with help from BMW Group Designworks USA, the case costs $800 (£505) alone. But sacrifices must be made when your space-age tech demands that Jetsons-style flair.

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  1. Dream machines that almost nobody can afford
  2. Falcon Northwest DRX
  3. Lenovo W701ds
  4. HP EliteBook 8740w
  5. Panasonic Toughbook 31

Whether you're in the market for an insanely high-end rig or you just feel like doing a little high-tech window shopping, check out these pricey PCs. We can all dream.

Lenovo W701ds - $6,469 (£4,084)

Lenovo's dual-screen W701ds mobile workstation starts at $3,299 (£2,082), but configuring it with the fastest CPU and graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and dual solid-state drives really runs up the bill.

Hardcore Computer Reactor X - $9,668 (£6,104)

Flowing magma frying your equipment? Don't abandon your secret lair! Hardcore Computer's Reactor X submerges its delicate components in a non-conductive oil, for unparalleled heat dissipation. As an added bonus, the glass panelling will (likely) stop a bullet, and the coolant is slick enough to trip up the most heavily armed assailants.

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  1. Dream machines that almost nobody can afford
  2. Falcon Northwest DRX
  3. Lenovo W701ds
  4. HP EliteBook 8740w
  5. Panasonic Toughbook 31

Whether you're in the market for an insanely high-end rig or you just feel like doing a little high-tech window shopping, check out these pricey PCs. We can all dream.

HP EliteBook 8740w - $5,552 (£3,505)

HP's top-of-the-line mobile workstation starts off expensive, and gets even pricier when you configure it with the best CPU, the most RAM, and the fastest graphics. But it's the extra $500 (£315) that you can spend on the colour-calibrated, wide-gamut DreamColour display that puts the whole thing over the top.

Origin PC EON18 - $9,416 (£5,944)

With a $500 (£315) custom paint job, an nVidia Quadro FX 3800M workstation graphics board, a Core i7-940XM CPU, 8GB of RAM, three 512GB solid-state drives in a RAID 0 configuration, and a Blu-ray burner, it's no wonder this custom high-end laptop costs over five grand.

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  1. Dream machines that almost nobody can afford
  2. Falcon Northwest DRX
  3. Lenovo W701ds
  4. HP EliteBook 8740w
  5. Panasonic Toughbook 31

Whether you're in the market for an insanely high-end rig or you just feel like doing a little high-tech window shopping, check out these pricey PCs. We can all dream.

Panasonic Toughbook 31 - $5,798 (£3,660)

This laptop can survive 6foot drops and extreme shock, vibration, humidity, altitude, rain, dust, and sand. It's fully MIL-STD-810G certified. This sort of durability doesn't come cheap, though: You'll pay almost $6,000 (££3,800) for this Core i5-540M-equipped machine with a 13.1in screen.

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  1. Dream machines that almost nobody can afford
  2. Falcon Northwest DRX
  3. Lenovo W701ds
  4. HP EliteBook 8740w
  5. Panasonic Toughbook 31