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Posted 15th February 2011 at 10:46 AM by Rage

I got to thinking yesterday, if money was no object, what sort of pc would I buy?

What a fun thought to conjure up and to start contemplating So that's what a friend of mine and I did. For the next couple of hours, we tossed around ideas and came up with what we believed to be a machine of very high standards. The only rule being, it had to fit in a desktop case. The system was made up of the following;

ASUS Z8PE-D18 Motherboard - Dual Xeon, 4 PCIe x16, 18x DDR3,
2x Xeon X5660, 2.8GHz, 6-core
2x Thermalright MUX-120
3x ASUS 1536 GTX580 (The mobo won't let me utilise 4 )
3x Liquid Coolers + Blocks
18x 4G Corsair ECC Registered DDR3
16x 40G Corsair SSD 280/270MB/sec
HighPoint Rocket RAID controller
Silverstone Raven RV01

1x 1500W SilverStone PSU
1x 1200W Corsair PSU

Total Price: $14,126

Damn! And I was all geared up to go out and purchase it

But on a serious note, I started to thinking, even if I had the money, I wouldn't spend it on a computer, but I'd love to build the best machine I could, over a period of time. And so was born what I'm dubbing;

The Rage Quit Challenge

The Challenge

Each week I will put aside $25 for computer parts. (This basically means forgoing "bought lunch" for the period of the challenge ) At the start of each month, with $100 in hand (4 weeks x $25) I will endeavour to purchase a computer part to improve my gaming machine. (I realise $100 a month is not much, but it's part of the challenge without getting myself in trouble with SWMBO)

  1. I must have something new to install each month.
  2. I must install the new component/s at the start of each month.
  3. My computer must still be running at the start of each month after the install of new components.
  4. I AM allowed to further my spending by selling things (anything) on ebay. (I'm a hoarder, so this will work to my advantage )
  5. If I don't spend all the money from the previous month, I can add it on to the next month.

In my next post, I will give you the run down of where my machine currently sits. hmmm .... maybe I should give it a name I'll also give you some yard sticks I'll be using to show performance improvements. Let's see how long I can keep up my challenge Stayed tuned.

So tell me;
  • What do you think of our dream machine?
  • What would you change?
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  1. Old Comment
    Schizo's Avatar
    What do I think of that dream machine? ...I think my power bill would go through the roof.

    Then again, if you can afford a $14k gaming rig, I'm sure your power bill isn't too much of a concern either.
    Posted 17th February 2011 at 12:22 AM by Schizo Schizo is offline
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    delushin's Avatar
    Sweet man!

    I admit I am guilty of compiling more then one dream machine just to see what price I could get, I reckon you add in monitors and mouse / keyboard etc you could push it over 20K!

    I know they haven't had the best rep in the past but I have one of these and I must admit apart from the EXTREMELY SENSITIVE twin eye laser this mouse is the best I have ever used. Now it might not hit everyones G spot (G is for game you one minded freaks) but the customization options for this bad boy means the chance of happiness is allot greater then most ... oh and the sniper button is absolutely fantastic, dropping from 5600 to 500 or whatever ratio you want /love
    Posted 3rd March 2011 at 06:57 PM by delushin delushin is offline
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    i built a machine for myself recently using mostly second hand good quality parts i sourced of the overclockers forum, (ocau) ive now got myself a fairly high end maching for under $500 granted i did actually sell off most of my old parts as well to increase my spending money , butive now got a 27" monitor thanks to my old pc and an i5 system with a new 6870 video card , try selling your gear there or on gumtree.com.au its free and gives you more in your pocket for fun stuff
    Posted 21st May 2011 at 10:41 AM by banga banga is offline

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