By Andrew Liszewski
Update: My bad, this rig wasn’t actually built to serve as a gaming PC, though I’m sure any gamer would love to take it for a spin.
I’m not sure if I’ll ever put together a ‘pimped-out’ gaming PC ever again, and even if I did, I probably couldn’t compete with this custom rig from Puget Systems. The final price tag, including one year parts warranty and a lifetime labor warranty was $16,338.89. But what can you possibly put into a PC to rack up that kind of damage? Well here’s a hardware breakdown thanks to the good people at Slashdot:
Four quad-core Opteron processors, 32 GB of memory, Windows Server 2008, Asus Xonar DX PCI Express sound card, 3Ware 9550SX-8LP SATA 3 Gb/s RAID controller, Two Western Digital 300 GB VelociRaptor hard drives in RAID 1, Two 1 TB Samsung SpinPoint F1s also in RAID 1, and Four 1 TB Samsung SpinPoint F1s in RAID 5. Puget went with MagiCool’s Xtreme Nova 1080 radiator, Nine 120 mm fans, Four Koolance CPU blocks, Koolance combined pump and reservoir unit, and Cooler Master Stacker 810 case.
You’d think a monster of a system like that would have to be buried in a server room with a KVM extender lest you go deaf in half-an-hour, but apparently a good chunk of that money was spent on keeping the system quiet enough to actually use at a desk.