Imagine building your dream gaming rig with an unlimited budget. Any piece of hardware, no matter how expensive, is yours to assemble. Sites like PC Part Picker let gamers pick and chose parts for their gaming rig and its easy to get carried away with all the options. As always, reality quickly sets in and the limitations of our own wallets prevent us from building the machine of our dreams.
But the editorial staff at PC Gamer have no such limitations. They built one of the world’s finest gaming PC’s and it’s called the Large Pixel Collider.
The Large Pixel Collider (LPC) is named after the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, a monstrous particle accelerator that’s regarded as one of the greatest human accomplishments of all time. The LPC won’t smash electrons at the speed of light, but it will play games off Origin as easily as a Ferrari driving 35 mph. Here are some of the dream components used to build LPC:
First, the world’s best gaming PC can’t be housed in an average case. PC Gamer used an Aventum II from Digital Storm to house the monstrous components. It’s body is made of metal that dissipates heat, it comes equipped with three 143mm fans, and it has the room to house a mega motherboard and four graphics cards (which, of course, PC Gamer does not let go to waste).
The nervous system of the LPC is the Asus Rampage IV Extreme. The average motherboard has space for 16 GB of RAM and two graphics cards, (sometimes only one) but the Rampage fits an astonishing four graphics cards and 64 GB of RAM. It’s more than enough to power games for years to come.
The LPC packs the Intel i7-4960X, which runs six cores at a base clock of 3.6 Ghz with the ability to overlock to 4.0 GHz. Coupled with with the motherboard’s ability to run Turbo Boost, this processor will handle several tasks like it’s the only one running.
Let’s get to the real fun. The true meat of the LPC is the video cards. The Large Pixel Collider houses not one, not two, not three, but four Nvidia GeForce GTX Titans, the most powerful video cards on the market. Each one costs a bank-busting $1000, but we’re not counting costs, are we? The four Titans are daisy-chained in quad-SLI to make any other setup look like pure amateur hour.
Those 1200 watts of electricity coursing through four video cards and a six-core CPU produces just a bit of heat. In order to prevent the LPC from boiling down into lava, PC Gamer installed Digital Storm’s custom liquid cooling system connected to all four graphics cards as well as the CPU to keep the system cool and running lightning quick.
The best feature of the LPC is that it’s a constant work in progress. As new hardware hits the market, PC Gamer will upgrade the Large Pixel Collider to keep it on top of the PC gaming heap. And as the machine continues to grow, it will benchmark the latest games to show off its prowess. After all, that’s what these rigs are for, right?