Global Briefing: Nov. 25, 2002

A Dragster for Your Desktop

Executives in search of a thrill are buying "hot rod" gaming PCs that are about 20 times as fast as the average office machine and sport sleek cases and paint jobs that suggest racing cars. The PCs are made to optimize the wild 3-D graphics and surround sound of video games like Grand Theft Auto 2 and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 (and of course they can handle any spreadsheet or logo redesign). Made by private companies like Falcon Northwest, based in Ashland, Ore., and Alienware in Miami, gaming computers are custom assembled and can be...

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