While navigating the madness of CES this week, Consumerist boss Meg encountered one particularly swanky PC gaming setup sponsored by (who else?) nVidia.
The demo game (Project CARS) looked smashing, Meg reports. But of course, as we are a consumer-minded site, the key question becomes not one of polygons rendered or frames per second but rather: how much does this actually cost?
With help from Orgin and nVidia, we created a custom PC on Origin’s site as close as we could to the one on display at CES. Taking the spec sheet for the PC and building it out part-for-part as closely as possible, the cost is: $10,364.
What does a ten-thousand dollar gaming PC get you? You get an Intel Extreme Core i7 4960X Hex-Core CPU to be the brains of the machine, an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition motherboard, four (4!) 6 GB nVidia GeForce GTX Titan video cards hooked up in an SLI configuration, and 32 GB of 1866Mhz RAM (4x8GB).
And of course, the fancy case, liquid cooling kit, 1300 Watt power supply, case LEDs, Windows 8.1, a Blu-ray burner, and Origin-specific installation and overclocking services.
So if the PC is $10k and change, where does the rest of the $25,000 come from? The answer: those screens ain’t cheap. As configured for booth display, the setup includes three Panasonic 65″ Class 4K Ultra HD TVs, which cost $4999.99 each–a total of $14,999.97.
Of course, even if you do have exactly a spare $25,364 burning a whole in your pocket, that total doesn’t include sales tax (8.1% in Las Vegas, where CES is held), peripherals (keyboard, mouse, controller), any necessary cables, delivery fees, or the cost of wall-mouting 250 lbs worth of ultra-high-def TV to the wall.
It sure does make Project CARS look nice, though.