If You Were Ever Curious, Here’s What A $16,000 PC Looks Like

Puget Systems $16,000 Gaming PC (Images courtesy Tom's Hardware)
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.

[ Tom’s Hardware – What Does A $16,000+ PC Look Like, Anyway? ] VIA [ Slashdot ]

6 thoughts on “If You Were Ever Curious, Here’s What A $16,000 PC Looks Like”

  1. You really need to read the original article because your title is very misleading. That system is NOT a gaming PC, the owner had it built do fractal calculation, that's why it doesn't have a top of the line GPU. It's also the reason why it has slower clocked Opterons and 32GB of ECC memory instead of going with a Nehalem architecture and DDR3 performance memory. Also, the 120MM fans are under-volted at 5V so they're nearly silent. I don't' mean to troll, I just don't like it when editors/authors don't check out the full story before they write their version and slap a misleading title on their article.

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