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Boutique Sandy Bridge-E PCs Priced From $6K to $13K

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Boutique PC vendors are already offering built-to-order Sandy Bridge-E systems.

Intel's latest processor caters very well to these manufacturers, sparking memories of times of super-expensive PCs that could cost more than $30,000.

If you want to order a Sandy Bridge-E PC today, and you don't intend to build such a PC yourself, your options are still very limited. You will have to go to boutique PC vendors such as Digital Storm, Origin PC or Maingear.

Basic systems with Intel's i7 3930K processor start at around $2600, while 3960X systems command a premium of at least $500 and can be ordered as overclocked versions with clock speeds of between 4.5 GHz and 5.2 GHz. A typical overclocked 3960X system with vendor-recommended options appears to be running in the $6000 to $8000 range. However, the option lists are long and a Sandy Bridge-E system can be pimped out with plenty of features to reach more than $12,000 at Digital Storm and more than $13,000 at Origin. Maingear goes well beyond that with custom paint jobs, optional dual 46-inch displays or Samsung's 23-inch 6-panel display, you would be looking at close to $22,000 for your new PC.

Read more about the new Sandy Bridge-E in our full review.

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    11796pcs , November 14, 2011 7:22 PM
    You spend all that money and then the developers make crappy games. Sigh.
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    Trialsking , November 14, 2011 7:29 PM
    Save yourself around $3000 and read the Tom's Hardware forums and learn to build/OC yourself.
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    christop , November 14, 2011 7:30 PM
    I see no point in buying sandyE just go with the regs and be happy. The tiny increase is not worth it.
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    saturnus , November 14, 2011 7:13 PM
    Ok, I think the term that you pay a large premium for slightly increased performance just got taken to a whole new level.
  • 13 Hide
    halcyon , November 14, 2011 7:16 PM
    $6000-$8000 needs to include quad/tri-SLi/CF and multiple large SSDs in RAID
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    mouse24 , November 14, 2011 7:18 PM
    I think ive started to appreciate my 500 dollar build more, so much cheaper for nearly the same performance....
  • 26 Hide
    11796pcs , November 14, 2011 7:22 PM
    You spend all that money and then the developers make crappy games. Sigh.
  • 23 Hide
    Trialsking , November 14, 2011 7:29 PM
    Save yourself around $3000 and read the Tom's Hardware forums and learn to build/OC yourself.
  • 17 Hide
    christop , November 14, 2011 7:30 PM
    I see no point in buying sandyE just go with the regs and be happy. The tiny increase is not worth it.
  • 13 Hide
    slhpss , November 14, 2011 7:45 PM
    bleh... wake me up when Ivy Bridge gets here...
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2011 7:48 PM
    "...command a premium of at least $500..."
    Five Hundred bucks you say? Sounds like great deal to me.
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    festerovic , November 14, 2011 7:52 PM
    If you added up the "extra stuff"

    6x 46" 1080p Tvs = around 8k
    2x dual GPU video cards (nV or ATI) = 2k
    + RAM CPU, SSD RAID, bad azzz mobo (and all the other ish) = 3k

    wheres the other 9k going on the 22k build?????
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    festerovic , November 14, 2011 7:55 PM
    just spotted the specs - dual xeon and workstation graphics cards (x2) would definitely cost a lot more. Still...
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    soo-nah-mee , November 14, 2011 7:58 PM
    Under most circumstances, there'd be almost no perceivable difference in the gaming experience between the $22,000 rig and a $2000 home-built rig with an overclocked i5-2500k and a couple of GTX580s.
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2011 7:58 PM
    and this is the world we would live in if AMD dies out....
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    soo-nah-mee , November 14, 2011 8:00 PM
    festerovicjust spotted the specs - dual xeon and workstation graphics cards (x2) would definitely cost a lot more. Still...
    That's true. If you're buying a workstation then yeah, CPU=$1500-2000 each; GPU=$1500-2000 each.
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    billybobser , November 14, 2011 8:13 PM
    why would you buy a pimped out 'work' station?
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    masterasia , November 14, 2011 8:24 PM
    WFT? People are willing to pay these prices for a stupid computer? I'm in the wrong business. Time to start selling highly over priced extreme computers.
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    dalethepcman , November 14, 2011 8:27 PM
    festerovicwheres the other 9k going on the 22k build?????


    Shipping and Handling? Seriously though, for $that price I could use a band new car for the computer's case..

    Brand new Nissan Versa - $13k...

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    soo-nah-mee , November 14, 2011 8:27 PM
    billybobserwhy would you buy a pimped out 'work' station?
    Good point. Maybe if you worked at Google's wacky offices.
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    dontcrosthestreams , November 14, 2011 8:53 PM
    i painted my antec 300 pearl white myself. i even color sanded it and 2 coats of clear. some one give me 4k for the 3 hrs it took.
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    IndignantSkeptic , November 14, 2011 9:01 PM
    why buy such expensive PCs when basically all game makers build their games so they can work well on game consoles which use much cheaper hardware?
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    hetneo , November 14, 2011 9:34 PM
    festerovicIf you added up the "extra stuff"6x 46" 1080p Tvs = around 8k2x dual GPU video cards (nV or ATI) = 2k+ RAM CPU, SSD RAID, bad azzz mobo (and all the other ish) = 3kwheres the other 9k going on the 22k build?????

    Six hard drive bays, six time 1,300 for 600GB SSD, Intel 320, custom liquid cooling for CPU and GPUs
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