Every now and then, a premium PC maker will reveal an outrageously high-end product that packs in lots of gaming power. These PCs feature the latest components, although with that comes a very high price tag. Upon largely following some tech reveals at CES 2017, as well as scouring sellers’ websites, I’ve summed up a list of systems I find most interesting and unique in their makers’ execution of an over-the-top gaming PC. These are the beefiest and heaviest gaming desktops ever released, along with a few extreme all-in-one builds, and represent the most powerful hardware you could attain as a gamer. Most of these systems are highly desirable of course, however often come bearing astronomical price points for a full feature setup. The stunning edgy visuals and breakneck performance you get though, completely pay off for the prestige of owning one of these systems.
The Maingear Alpha 34 All-in-One looks incredibly sleek and features some of the best looks for a gaming system. Customly designed by Maingear, the Alpha 34 features multiple setup variations, ranging from a gaming build to a full-on workstation. The system can be further customized with multiple colour variations to fit any style of gaming setup. The Alpha 34 stores the power of a full gaming PC, fitting full-sized graphics cards and coming with its own built-in power supply. The curved 34″ ultra HD display makes it far from a small factor form, but the gorgeous display is well worth it. The screen is a 3440×1440 curved WHD display with high pixel density and incredible detail. The sharp edges of the Alpha 34’s stands perfectly accentuate the wide curve of its display and the screen’s edges sharply contrast against the desk environment. Maingear Alpha 34 is instantly striking and its a system that can make one of the sleekest gaming setups yet.
Under the gorgeous display, the Alpha 34 is widely customizable, and multiple platforms can be chosen to serve various needs. The Alpha 34 can be created into an ultimate gaming machine, or a high-end workstation for demanding tasks – either way, the company will build it for you. Range of hardware parts varies significantly, and the system can be built on Z170, X99 and Intel Xeon platforms. There are 3 configurations available at the start, and although they can be further customized by picking out specific parts, I will just briefly break it down. The lowest tier is a H110/Z170 gaming system that starts at $2000 and comes equipped with any of the Intel quad-core Skylake processors with i7-6700K 4.0GHz at the top of the line. As each part is customizable, a wide range of Z170 motherboards are available for a basis, culminating in deluxe high-end motherboards such as Asus ROG Maximus VIII Impact. Additionally, it comes with up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and can be fully equipped with a GeForce Titan X 12GB Graphics Card. As these models are currently sold out, it is hard to determine whether the newest Pascal cards from Nvidia are available for configuration.
The second configuration is based on the X99 platform and comes equipped with a choice of Intel Broadwell-E processors up to the 5960X 3.0GHz 8-core model. The price is considerably changed relative to a Z170 platform, and expect to pay at least $700 more. This build can be customized to fit a Radeon R9 380X graphics card or options from Nvidia, but either way, high levels of performance are achieved. Finally, the X99 motherboard (can be equipped with ASRock X99E-ITX model) supports 32 GB DDR4-2666 RAM. The final Professional configuration can be equipped with 6-8 core Intel Xeon processors, which are primarily aimed at achieving stable workstation performance. Intel Xeon processors don’t do too well for gaming and the build is better equipped with a X99 motherboard and an option for a Workstation Graphics card. All of the configurations offer similar choices of power and storage, featuring 2 available storage bays that can have either 2x 2TB 2.5″ drives or 2x 1TB Samsung 850 Pro SSD. The power supply is a 450W gold certified model. Networking options on the Alpha 34 include integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0. This all-in-one PC additionally features a web camera mounted on top, which is convenient for game streaming or playing with friends. All in all, the Maingear Alpha 34 is a very beefy system that hides beyond a stunning 34″ Curved display.
Digital Storm Aura looks very striking and instantly caught my attention upon its announcement. It is very similar to the aforementioned Maingear Alpha 34 and it too sports a 34″ curved ultra HD panel. The Digital Storm Aura certainly looks more attractive with its sleeker frame and thin supporting stands and provides for a really clean gaming setup. The Aura also sports a 3440×1440 WQHD resolution just like the Maingear’s Alpha 34 display, however Digital Storm ends the similarities there.
The Aura comes in four possible configurations: Good ($2000), Better ($2748), Best ($3127) and the Ultimate that comes in at $5000. The display remains the same for all of them and any configuration provides a gorgeous resolution. The starting tier comes equipped with an Intel Core i5-6500 on the Z170N motherboard by Gigabyte. Further components include 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, 1TB HDD and a GeForce GTX 960. The operating system is Windows 10 Home, making this a pretty good configuration for most gaming tasks. The GPU in the base configuration is not extremely powerful, and games would most likely have to be scaled down from the display’s native resolution. With that said, the $2000 entry configuration might not be a good future-proofing choice.
The other end of the hardware spectrum is very impressive, and if you’re willing to part with $5000 for an all-in-one gaming system, Digital Storm Aura delivers exceptional performance. The ultimate configuration packs in a 10-core Intel i7-6950X Broadwell-E processor paired with an ASRock X99E-ITX motherboard. A Vortex liquid CPU cooler keeps the processor at stable temperatures and 32GB of DDR4-2666 Corsair Dominator Platinum high-end RAM. For best gaming performance, it comes equipped with a GTX1080 and to round off the package, there’s a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD and a 1TB HDD. For the $5000 price tag, the storage options are quite disappointing and I would have expected at least a 3TB drive. The Digital Storm Aura is more expensive than a conventional custom build, but the sleek design and excellent construction make it worthwhile. The Aura’s design makes it perfect to create a really sleek gaming system as well.
If you thought that the Alienware Area 51 or the MSI Vortex GT65VR looked aggressive, then meet the ROG GT51 gaming tower by Asus. The GT51 is one of the most impressive gaming PCs I have seen on the market and its stylish case composes a really great system. It’s turbine-like intake and the aerodynamic design with sharply-angled edges make it a seriously aggressive gaming system and also one of the best-looking products on the gaming desktop market. It’s design is entirely subject to personal preference however, so not everyone will necessarily like it. It doesn’t disappoint on the specs either, providing some really sweet hardware.
Similar to many high-end PCs, the GT51 is based around an Intel Core i7-6700K running at 4.0GHz (turbo up to 4.6GHz) on the Z170 platform. Motherboard is not specified, but it is highly likely it is one of Asus’ top of the line ROG Z170 boards. Moving along, customizable options for the ROG GT51 are revealed, and choices of graphics cards are impressive. The lowest starts off at a single Nvidia GTX970 4GB card and 2 Titan X Pascal cards in SLI are available for gamers with no restriction on the budget. Of course, it can be also outfitted with single or dual GTX1070s and 1080s. RAM size ranges from 16 to 64GB to satisfy even the most demanding tasks and those willing to part with more money for a higher range system will likely find outstanding performance.
The GT51 can be further customized with storage options, which include up to 3 SSDs and a mechanical Hard Drive for all games you could possibly need. Optical drives can be included, with either an option for a DVD or Blu-Ray disk reader. Power supplies range from 500W to 700W, which should be more than enough, however really high-end builds would likely benefit from more available power. At last, Asus includes a plentitude of access ports, with USB, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort and Thunderbolt available at the back of the case. As one of the top-of-the-line products out of the Republic of Gamers range, the GT51 well deserves the money put into it and its all-around one of the best gaming systems among this list. The design makes it really outrageous too.
Asus Republic of Gamers gaming desktops are highly desirable, which is no wonder why another ROG PC makes it to this list. The G31 is advertised as the most powerful compact gaming tower and once released, should offer some very serious performance numbers. It builds on Asus’ successful ROG G20, although this time it offers an even better design, although it seems that the secondary small case seen in the photo above will be housing a power supply separately. The one on the left looks incredibly sleek with aggressive lines and sharp edges, not to mention a plethora of RGB LED strips all over the case.
As of right now, Asus doesn’t list all that much information about the build, since its recently been announced, however one can expect a similar offering to the G20’s performance, just with newer components. The ROG G20 didn’t lack in specs, although it didn’t offer the option to go completely overboard with powerful hardware, but the G31 looks to significantly improve on that, while retaining the compact case of its predecessor. From the information currently known, the ROG G31 will include a 2-way SLI Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards, which will be built on either a Z170/270 chipset or possibly the X99 platform in the future. The G20 was originally built on the H170 chipset and came with a Core i5/i7 processor, so we can expect a similar offering from the new contender.
The G31 is also stated to feature 64GB of RAM, which should provide sufficient in even most demanding gaming tasks. Asus additionally says its G31 desktop features 4 M.2 SSDs for storage and the signature 3D Vapor Chamber cooling solution. We can also likely expect the desktop to be customizable so that gamers of different budget can select preferred components for best performance or a budget build. The price hasn’t been announced either, but this monster of the G31 can be expected to run upward of $3000 if not more for its ultimate configuration, but I can definitely see the appeal of getting this product. Asus ROG desktops offer the most impressive features out of all contenders on this list and also the best cases I’ve ever seen available for a desktop tower.
The MSI Vortex G65VR desktop attempts to compete with Alienware Area 51 with its sharp looks and stylish case design. Just like many contenders on this list, the G65VR packs in a GTX10-series graphics card and a 6-th generation Intel processors. It is not very customizable, and certainly doesn’t have over-the-top power, but some would appreciate its looks and the hardware available inside.
The G65VR is built on the Z170 platform and features an i7-6700K, which is considered to be one of the best gaming processors around. Of course, it’s overclockable to 4.2GHz with Intel’s turbo boost technology. The GTX 1070 is capable at running virtually every game on maxxed out settings, which I can attest to as an owner of one of those cards. Although MSI doesn’t specify which GTX 1070 it is, but it would most likely be one of the brand’s models. Still, it would have been nice to see whether the card was a first-party Nvidia reference card or whichever custom variation of the 1070. 16GB of DDR4 RAM is the most optimal amount to have for gaming, and although its only clocked at 2133 MHz, the frequency can provide more stability in gaming tasks (although i’ve never had a single issue with my 3200 MHz RAM sticks)
For storage, the MSI GT65VR uses a 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD and a 1TB SATA 7200 rpm Hard Drive. Personally, these options look really week and for gamers, the optimal setup runs at least at about 3TB Hard Drive storage to add to an SSD. A 450W power supply is included in the built, which is nothing exceptional, but quite enough to perfectly power the system components. Finally, 2 HDMI 1.4, 2 mDP 1.2, 2 Thunderbolt 3 and 4 USB 3.0 ports are included at the back for connectivity. Bluetooth 4.1 is included, but MSI’s website makes it unclear whether Wi-Fi is also built-in. The MSI GT65VR is not quite outrageous like many of the gaming systems on this list and visually and its case doesn’t have the style of many contenders, but GT65VR can still make for a pretty sweet gaming system.
Digital Storm takes another entry on this list with one of its desktop towers, namely the Aventum 3 build. It is easily one of the biggest towers around, and Digital Storm packs it to the brim with top-end components and a custom liquid cooling system. However, also expect it to run you quite a lot of money, as the ultimate configuration of Aventum 3 runs at $10000, which is an outrageous price even for a fully-loaded quality PC tower. This PC starts off at $5000, however the options aren’t lacking at all in the started configuration, and the build still delivers staggering performance.
I would not dwell on discussing each of the build options, and instead I’ll jump straight to the ultimate configuration. It comes with an Intel i7-6950X 10-core processor that’s cooled off by Digital Storm’s custom liquid loop and 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory. Aventum 3’s ultimate configuration is based on an Asus X99 Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, which is one of the ultimate products within the X99 chipset range, so expect to see high levels of performance. And if $10000 is not high enough for you, Digital Storm will fit you 128GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM and the build’s options can be freely customized within Digital Storm’s parts configurator. A 1500W Corsair Power Supply sits inside, and again, the ultimate configuration of Aventum 3 is simply outrageous. Once I was done picking up all my parts to see just how much it cost, the final build came out at over $20000. Yikes.
Digital Storm’s custom cooling solutions tend to run at quite high price tags, so the company allows to pick different cooling configurations, but you would most likely want a professional liquid solution for any of the processor options. Storage options vary significantly, and include any currently existing type of HDD/SSD. Multiple SSDs can be set into Raid mode, and the Aventum 3 can even be selected to come with a $1300 RAID card (although you couldn’t possibly need that for gaming purposes). Digital Storm will even send you an already overlocked system if you so desire, but those services also cost additional money. For absolute enthusiasts, you can add an HPC card in form of Nvidia Tesla K40, but then you’re trading off the GPUs. With everything said, Digital Storm certainly makes this an outrageous contender in the market of gaming PCs and the price tag on the ultimate build is simply staggering.
The HP Omen X offers perhaps one of the more interesting computer cases, although it lacks the “wow” factor of the Asus ROG or Digital Storm’s gaming tower. The HP Omen is shaped like a cube, and rests on two reinforced stands.The design allows for some effective cooling and the case is made to be well-ventilated. The starter configuration starts at $3000, and HP allows to add a lot of extras for a more powerful system. The HP Omen can be easily customizable, similar to offers by other brands, however HP went one step further – you can buy the empty case separately and deck it out with whichever parts you like. The case on its own is certainly not cheap, and coming in at $650, it costs close to a high-end graphics card, but it’s also one of the best cases around and features insane levels of inner space.
HP Omen X starts at $3000 just like many of the builds here, and there are multiple variants to choose from as well based on desired performance. And again, the case is also sold separately for those looking to do a custom build by themselves. Additionally, its case design allows for easy access to many of the system’s components, so it is entirely possible to add on to the $3000 purchase. The Omen X comes based around an Intel Core i7-6700K unlocked processor, which is very common for many gaming builds and its no surprise since the 6700K is considered to be the best gaming processor around. Its paired with 16GB of DDR4-2133 RAM, which is more than sufficient for gaming tasks, however personally, I would have liked to see more RAM or higher frequency out of this build. For graphics, it packs in a GTX 1070 8GB card, which is a preferred choice for many gamers with modern PCs. The 1070 is perfectly suited at running every game, which I discuss in my review of the GTX 1070 I use with my build.
Storage options run at a 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD and a 2TB mechanical hard drive running at 7200rpm. HP Omen X in fact offers better storage options that I have seen out of an outrageous gaming PC, and the case’s modular drive bays allow to easily slot in more storage. Of course, to keep it all running, HP Omen X has the beefiest power supply out of all products, which makes it a serious performance contender. A 1300W built-in power supply offers large headroom for expanding the build and would easily handle a 3 or 4-way SLI. To keep everything cool, the Omen X has optional liquid cooling, but its case also offers good air-flow for standard air cooling. Any build would be incomplete without a plethora of access ports, and as I already mentioned it for many products above, there is no reason to re-iterate. The Omen X by HP is a seriously interesting gaming desktop and a strong contender among the most outrageous gaming systems. Even sweeter, its case can be bought entirely separately, although that would run you $650.
Maingear offers one of the more extensive builds on this list, namely its Rush desktop tower, where they could fit you with 2 GeForce Titan X Pascal Cards in SLI or 4 Radeon Fury X in Crossfire. It is also one of the more fully-customizable PC builds on this list, and includes a wide range of possible configurations. Where many brands shy away from the AMD platform entirely, even lacking the options of AMD’s RX graphics cards, Maingear offers the option for 4-way crossfire Fury X, R9 380X or the newer RX470/480 GPUs. It would be redundant on my part to go into detail for all different configurations, but Maingear’s website offers easy customization and navigation options.
Each configuration offers top of the line processors depending on the chipset, including i7-6950X for Broadwell-E and i7-7700K for Kaby Lake. These can be paired with up to 64 GB of quad-channel RAM for the X99 platform, and Z270 would support dual-channel setup. Top of the line Asus motherboards are available to go with either of the chipsets and Maingear tops it off with a 1200W Power Supply. Again, we’re taking about the ultimate configurations, so I discuss the most expensive parts available to get for Rush. There are 4 hard-drive bays available, and just like with any other entrant in this list, options vary widely.
Maingear offers its own custom liquid-cooling solution to deal with any demanding tasks you throw at this desktop, and even the graphics cards can be all set to come with a liquid block. Just like with Digital Storm, I went to check the highest possible price tag, and here it hovers around $20000 as well, but keep in mind many of the parts offered to choose from are not really useful to many. Unlike other companies here, Maingear can ship you the Rush along with a gaming monitor and some peripherals, which will of course cost more, but makes for an even more complete package. The case for the build looks quite awesome as well, and front I/O ports are interestingly placed on the side close to the bottom. Maingear Rush is another professionally-built custom gaming system available for sale, and its also one of the most outrageous products on this list with both its ultimate configuration and an insane price tag.
The last but not least comes a gaming tower from the well-known company Origin PC – a fully fledged Genesis gaming desktop. No list of Outrageous Gaming systems would be complete without Origin PC’s impressive contenders, and Genesix warrants its place among the competition. The Genesis features a very sleek black & red full tower case that comes loaded with a lot of expensive hardware. The wide array of options to customize this build is mind-blowing, and upon checking out the product’s web page, I was showered by a big components list under specifications.
Origin PC Genesis can be selected to come based on a Z270 platform, an X99 or even an AMD 990FX and each comes with a vast array of processors and graphics cards to select. Chipset platforms can be further configured by selecting motherboard products, ranging from budget boards to really high-end models (think Asus Maximus IX Hero for Z270). The Z270 platform is brand new too and its already nice to see a custom PC to offer newer motherboards paired with Intel’s 7th gen processors. The Genesis system offers lots of custom water cooling loops created by Origin PC to configure for most optimal performance. Liquid cooling solutions from Origin PC are really impressive however, and provide for a lot of system stability.
Choices of Intel’s i3, i5 and i7 Kaby Lake processors are available and on the other end of the spectrum, Origin PC Genesis can provide top of the line AMD processors. However, this is just a start, and when it comes to customizing the display hardware, Origin PC offers a lot of flexibility with graphics cards. Options start with as low as a 2GB AMD RX460 and ends up all the way along the lines of 2 SLI GTX Titan X Pascal 12GB cards or even a triple AMD RX480 setup. The top-of-the-line options make the model very desirable, however no doubt these come bearing insanely high price tags. Similar variety is found in RAM kits, and Origin PC can equip the rig with 16, 32 or 64GB memory kits with up to 2800 MHz clocks. To round it off, storage options can range anywhere between a single 500 GB SSD to a loaded configuration with a 4TB Samsung 850 Evo and a 8TB Seagate desktop hard-drive. Choices come among mechanical hard drives, SATA SSDs, NVMe SSDs, M.2 SSDs and PCI-e offerings from Intel. The Origin PC Genesis can be created into an ultimate gaming system and offers some of the more desirable hardware options on the market compared to other manufacturers and the full-tower case of the build can be completely decked out with high-end parts, just keep in mind the staggering price tag right after.
It is a shame that the 3 All-in-Ones on this list look almost identical, with the same 34″ curved screen and components packed tight into the frame, however it would still be unwise to omit OMNI by Origin PC. It is yet another high-end all-in-one for gaming and it too looks really sleek. The build also offers a chance to pick one of the two setup options, which covers those who look to run games at 4K and those who need a powerful workstation. Both are obscured by a beautiful 34″ 3440×1440 curved screen, which provides vivid colours and a large viewing angle.
OMNI can be had in two different configurations, and the gaming build is based around the Z270/H270 Intel chipset and sports a Kaby Lake family of processors from a dual-core i3-7350K processor and up to an i7-7700K for ultimate gaming performance. Of course, i5 variants are available as well. Multiple RAM configurations are available, with 8 and up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM available. Graphics cards are not slacking either, and although you could just settle for a GTX1050Ti (which is not bad at all for a budget GPU), it’s best to go after the power of the 1070/1080 or even the Titan X Pascal. OMNI supports 2 Hard Drives, and customization options are incredibly diverse. You can fit anything from a mechanical hard-drive to NVMe/PCI-e/M.2/SATA SSD types, and if you have the money, it can be outfitted with 2 4TB Samsung 850 Evo Solid State Drives or any other option desired. Prices tend to change around depending on the parts picked, but the ultimate configuration could easily run as high as $7000. However, the payoff could as well be worth it.
The second configuration is built as more of a workstation, but even then, its gaming performance is staggering. It runs on an ASRock X99E-ITX motherboard and supports the entire family of Intel’s Broadwell-E processors, with the 10-core i7-6950X at the very top. Depending on your day-to-day tasks, this processor may not be required, and other options work just as well for gaming. To keep overclocking under control, Origin PC uses its custom liquid cooling system for optimal stability. RAM, Storage and Graphics options remain similar, and again, anything can be picked as desired if the price is not an issue. As another outrageous All-in-One, Origin PC OMNI well deserves its spot on this list, and its striking looks can make one great gaming system or a workstation.
The Alienware Area 51 immediately strikes with its sleek case design. It doesn’t just look good, but its made specifically to position inner components for convenience and easy removal. Just like every other company, Alienware allows to customize the build before purchase, although the options are not as wide open as with Origin PC or Digital Storm. Still, if willing to part with cash, Area 51 can end up running at a high price tag. It doesn’t let you choose all of the newest up-to-date components, but its hardware runs far from disappointing.
The ultimate configuration ended up at $6800, which is not quite as high as some of the entries up the list, but its still quite a lot for a gaming PC. Alienware Area 51 includes Intel’s Broadwell-E platform, with i7-6950X at the top if you really can justify a 10-core processor in your system. Unfortunately, Alienware is not as up-to-date as many other manufacturers, and even lacks the Z170 chipset (seen in the brand’s Aurora desktop). The Area 51 is aimed more towards the enthusiast market, therefore it doesn’t settle for anything else than X99. Again, multiple configurations vary the prices widely and depending on what you order in it, its performance can go from average to staggering.
Dual GeForce GTX1080 cards are available for best gaming performance and 64GB DDR4 RAM handles even the most demanding tasks. Area 51’s 4 Drive Bays can be filled up, although I’ve found the options to really disappoint come this section. The best you can get is a 512GB SSD along with 3 4TB 5400rpm mechanical hard-drives. It is far from terrible, but the hard drives simply can’t provide best loading times (even 7200rpm can be disappointing depending on the game). With that said, some can find it sufficient and the drives could always be swapped out later down the line. A 1500w Power Supply keeps everything running, and offer more than enough room for future expansion.
The Alienware Area 51 makes it as a last entrant to my list of most outrageous gaming systems available on the market. As concluded, these offer some of the most desirable builds and hardware, although also run at very high prices. The designs of these desktops and all-in-ones are simply striking, and there should be enough options for everyone to get something they like. In the end, these systems demonstrate the vast potential of PC customizing and just how much work one can put into creating just that perfect build.