PC makers have moved way beyond the old beige box. Here are three machines that offer both megapower and gorgeous design.


APPLE POWER MAC G5,
$2,000-$3,000
ASSETS:
Striking brushed aluminum shell with ultraquiet fans. Some pricier models pack dual 2.0GHz G5 processors.
LIABILITIES: All that firepower needs a big, space-eating body to house it.
BOTTOM LINE: Even if you’re not a graphics pro, the G5 makes a power-ful workmate.
MORE INFO:www.apple.com
FALCON NORTHWEST MACH V,
$2,000-$5,700 ASSETS:
Groovy, rolling-panel design, smokin’ speed, and superior video and audio. LIABILITIES: With this setup, you’ll be tempted to ditch work and play Dirt Track Racing 2 all day. BOTTOM LINE: Multimedia mastery awaits you here. MORE INFO: www.falcon-nw.com
POLYWELL POLY 880NF2-2800,
$800-$1,800 ASSETS:
With a window in the case and a neon light inside, you can’t get much cooler than this. LIABILITIES: Music fans will want to upgrade the mediocre speakers. BOTTOM LINE: Forget the awkward secret-code name, this system’s a steal.
MORE INFO:www.polywell.com