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Can The Murderbox Play Crysis? It Should for $20K

By - Source: Kotaku | B 108 comments

The murderbox extreme desktop can cost enthusiasts just over $20,000 before even installing EA's new shooter, Crysis 2.

Typically we try not to cater to just one particular brand (because we love everyone), but gaming site Kotaku points to a monster liquid-cooled PC that most of us (poor folks) will probably never see in our lifetime, especially maxed out to its full potential. Even Jack Thompson would agree, the murderbox earns its name honestly, packing killer hardware that can soar up to $20,000, seemingly murdering your bank account while playing Crysys 2 like a bat out of hell. A flaming bat, I might add.

"The pure fusion of power and beauty, murderbox ascends to assert its place atop the high-end PC platform with a unique and bold statement," reads the product description. "Murderbox exploits the very latest advancements in computer technology while employing classic design cues derived from a simple, elegant concept of form balanced with function. We offer the ultimate in high performance, custom-crafted computers - machines built without compromise for those accepting only the best."

The scary part about the murderbox is that the manufacturer isn't divulging any specs on the website-- sales are established only by submitting an email inquiry. However, the company reveals that the starting price is at $6,000 and goes up from there, depending on the amount of customization.

"A well appointed murderbox with a single liquid cooling loop, GPU and a few drives typically comes in around the $7,000USD mark while something on the level of Daniel's 008 build is in the neighborhood of 2-3x that. Every murderbox is executed to perfection – it really comes down to degrees of 'ultimate,'" the company adds.

One of the many gallery images shows the aforementioned 008 build, sporting the Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition CPU, two Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 cards in SLI, 12 GB of DDR3 HyperX memory, and three 160 GB Intel X25-M SSDs in RAID/0. More images can be accessed here showcasing additional murderbox models. The official murderbox FAQ can be accessed here, and interested buyers can contact the manufacturer using this email address.

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    internetlad , May 11, 2011 11:08 PM
    But, can it play cr. . . oh nvm.
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    kjsfnkwl , May 11, 2011 11:11 PM
    Excuse me, "Crysys 2"?
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    dontcrosthestreams , May 11, 2011 11:17 PM
    out of date and overpriced, put together ones own computer...
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    rohitbaran , May 11, 2011 11:19 PM
    Crysis 2? Crysis is more taxing and frankly, it still looks better to me than the sequel, which is a watered down consolified game.
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    jonainpdx , May 11, 2011 11:20 PM
    So the least expencive is $6K and that comes with 2 GTX 285's. Right, ok. Sounds like a huge rip off to me.
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    davewolfgang , May 11, 2011 11:22 PM
    I'm sure a "new" one could get the new Sandy Bridge and a couple paired up GTX 560's, 580's or AMD's 6970's.

    If I had the money to waste............
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    aznguy0028 , May 11, 2011 11:22 PM
    i7 975.. in the age of i5 2500/2600k and upcoming SB-E
    GTX 285 .. in the age of GTX 590 and ATI 6990.. thanks
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    rohitbaran , May 11, 2011 11:23 PM
    Anyway, the computer seems to be seriously overpriced. The hardware is old and for the price, one could add 2 CPUs of the same kind on an EVGA classified moterboard.
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    kingssman , May 11, 2011 11:24 PM
    wow 6k for watercooled? makes me wanna consider the liquid cooled macpro. Yea they're liquid cooled ya know.
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    snurp85 , May 11, 2011 11:27 PM
    how can it cost 20k?!?!? even with a 50% markup on parts...
    mobo: 300
    core i7-2600K: 300
    24 gigs ram: 400
    quad SLI GTX590's: 3000
    four 256gb SSD's: 2000
    two 1500W power supplies: 800
    water cooling: 300-500ish
    Case: 200

    even with allllll of that,thatd only cost $7500.

    what a ripoff.
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    Teddy Weddy , May 11, 2011 11:36 PM
    I built my computer for 650$, it runs Crysis 2 at max settings 1920x1080. :V
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    ArgleBargle , May 11, 2011 11:38 PM
    Oh, wait. It's $20,000 because it's made by Apple.
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    robochump , May 11, 2011 11:41 PM
    snurp85how can it cost 20k?!?!? even with a 50% markup on parts...mobo: 300core i7-2600K: 30024 gigs ram: 400quad SLI GTX590's: 3000 four 256gb SSD's: 2000two 1500W power supplies: 800water cooling: 300-500ishCase: 200even with allllll of that,thatd only cost $7500.what a ripoff.

    Not to mention it will be worth $500 after a year....hehe.
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    ProDigit10 , May 11, 2011 11:44 PM
    in a good 10 years, netbooks and tablet pc's probably overpower this machine! Good things come to those who wait!
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    bpeglow , May 12, 2011 12:00 AM
    Makes Alienware look reasonable. This is for the crowd that thinks a "gaming PC" has to be in the thousands. And GTX 285s? lol
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    _Cubase_ , May 12, 2011 12:11 AM
    Give me a Digital StormPC any day.
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    mauskau , May 12, 2011 12:13 AM
    I know the guy (through forums we both frequent) that started this company after he received great feedback from people that saw his own machine. He will tell you straight out that this is not a machine for people like those of us that know how to build their own, and it is not for people that would be attracted to Alienware or others with big, flashy lights and things. He said it was more about a high end PC that has high end looks that are classy and clean without all of the glowing plastic crap detracting from it, or something along those lines. He markets more like a boutique store to people with money that want a good looking machine. And at least the last time I had inquired about it, the pricing includes someone flying out to your home with the computer and installing it for you.

    Again, not something I would ever buy, and not something that most of you would ever buy, because we have the skillset to build our own and select our own parts, and most of us value function over form. But you probably know someone who likes to own pretty things that has more money than skill, and to someone like that, this might be just what they are looking for.

    In any case, he is doing a decent enough business he had to hire another worker recently, and he wasn't far off from being able to quit his day job. Can you blame a guy from filling a niche in the market that also allows him to do something he enjoys doing? I know I can't. I just wish I had enough patience to do my installs as clean as on the murderbox :p 
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    banthracis , May 12, 2011 12:17 AM
    Tom's you're really behind on the news...
    the prices and photos you're linking are from a PC built back in mid 2009...
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    verbalizer , May 12, 2011 12:19 AM
    someone tell the mods to close this thread.... LOL
    overpriced / outdated crappola..
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    PreferLinux , May 12, 2011 12:31 AM
    For $20,000, I could build a computer with quad-SLI GTX580s, dual hex-core CPUs, probably liquid cooling, and enough SSDs in RAID that a normal HDD would be unnecessary. Who are they trying to rip off?
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