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PC Porn: 8 Awesome-Looking Components

We pay tribute to the high-end desktop PC components that look way too cool to end up in a dusty beige box.

Desktop PC Porn: 8 Awesome-Looking Components

Your desktop PC may not have the sleek body of a high-end laptop, but with the right parts, it can look good where it counts--on the inside. For evidence of what we're talking about, ogle these eight high-end PC components. Each one looks so cool that you’ll wish you could put it on the outside of your case.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 480

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 may be old news by now--it was the company's flagship graphics card in early 2010--but it still packs plenty of power. More important, your computer will look as though it has a miniature Cadillac for a graphics card once you slap this bad boy into it.

Corsair Dominator GT RAM

This isn’t just any RAM; it’s Corsair Dominator RAM. And yes, those fins on the top do make the RAM run even faster. Just ask any Honda Civic enthusiast.

Asus Rampage III Extreme

Naturally, if you’re going to shell out the extra dough for cool-looking components, you’ll need a complementary motherboard. Enter the Asus Rampage III Extreme, which helpfully highlights all of your bad-ass components by seating each one in a bright red socket for maximum contrast with the very masculine gun-metal gray backdrop of all the not-so-cool-looking stuff in a motherboard.

Intel Extreme CPU Heatsink

Pictured here is the stock heatsink included with Intel’s high-end Extreme line of CPUs. Because nothing screams “Awesome” like a PC that seems to require a miniature air-conditioning unit to prevent a meltdown.

AMD Radeon HD 5450 GPU

The AMD Radeon HD 5450 GPU is notable for a few reasons. First, it’s a fanless graphics card, so it will stay nice and quiet while it’s powering your PC. Second, it looks like a mysteriously futuristic power plant, or a spaceship solar array, or...something.

MC-TDX CPU Cooling Block

This MC-TDX CPU cooling block is an integral part of your desktop PC’s liquid cooling system. What’s that? You don’t have a liquid cooling system for your desktop PC? Oh. Well, that’s too bad.

Razer Naga Epic Gaming Mouse

Glowing buttons, a smooth matte-black exterior, seductive curves--the Razer Naga Epic gaming mouse is the magazine pinup that your stock Dell mouse wishes it could be. (Note the extra-large pic: This is our slideshow centerfold.)

Intel X-25M Solid-State Drive

The Intel X-25M solid-state drive. Sexiest little piece of storage ever.