If someone was to ask me whether I thought mega builds (massively overpowered PCs) were worth the money that you pay for them (thousands upon thousands of dollars) the obvious answer would be no. However I think this answer raises more questions such as; Why do companies make them? Does anyone actually buy them? If I was to remortgage my house would I be able to free up enough cash to afford one? Are they really future proof? etc. etc. etc. I figured I’d attempt to answer some of these questions. Please bare in mind that I have never used one of these machines but if anyone from Overclockers is watching and wants to give me a brand new OrionX then I definitely wouldn’t say no.
What is a mega build?
A mega build is a PC that blows all of its peers out of the water (mega build is just a title that I give them by the way, not an industry standard term). They are big, tidy, massively overpowered and cost insane amounts of money. For example, let’s have a look at the 8Pack OrionX sold at Overclockers.co.uk. This particular build is made by Ian “8Pack” Parry who is heralded as one of the best overclockers around. The OrionX is essentially two PCs built into one tower and it’s built to be the best of the best.
Just reading off the specifications makes my head spin but here goes: PC one has a i7 6950X Ten Core, Twenty thread processor overclocked to a minimum of 4.4GHz, a Rampage X99 motherboard, 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 Ram, THREE!!! Nvidia Titan X 12GB graphics card which have been both watercooled and overclocked, a 1.2TB SSD (watercooled), two 1TB Samsung 850 Pro SSDs and a 10TB Seagate HDD just in case you needed a little more storage.
Personally, I’d have opted for 3 GTX 1080Ti’s for their faster base clock speed even though you lose 1GB of memory. Although I am a little surprised that they didn’t raise the price by an extra £15,000 and clip 3 Quadro P6000’s together (that would’ve been baller AF)
Anyway, I got a little sidetracked there. The second PC, which is housed in the same case has: an i7 7700K quad core processor overclocked to a minimum 5.1GHz, an Asus Strix Z270I Mini ITX motherboard, 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 Ram, just the one Titan X 12GB gpu, 2 Samsung 512GB SSDs and a 10TB HDD. Both Systems come with Windows 10 Pro installed so that right there saves you over £200.
Who is it built for?
Now you may be thinking “All of those numbers sound expensive” and you couldn’t be more wrong! In fact, you can pick up the OrionX for the low, low price of £24,999.95. You may be thinking that £24,999.95 is a lot of money but its two PCs, that’s only £12,499.97 and a half penny each. Coupled with the fact that each system comes with Windows 10 ALREADY INSTALLED and you get to choose the colour scheme it makes the OrionX the bargain of the century.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m being sarcastic. I know it is a crazy amount of money to spend on a computer. The only people who would pay that for one of these mega builds are people with more money than sense. There will be people who buy it just because it’s expensive in the same way that people spend £150,000 on a watch, it tells the time just the same as a £20 Casio but you don’t get the prestige and exclusivity (and snob appeal) that comes with the expensive one. Therefore, the people who would buy the OrionX would be people with cash for days but have no interest in building their own machine or people who just want “the best” of everything so that they can show off.
Does it make sense to buy one?
Again, the simple answer is no. You could see it as being ‘future proof’ but to be honest it’d be a massive waste of money. If you are just into gaming, which most people who search for the OrionX will be, it would be stupid to purchase one. By the time that there are games out which harness the true power of the OrionX there will be new GPU’s, CPU’s, RAM and Motherboards which will blow the OrionX out of the water. We are talking 10 years down the line at this point. There could be 2 or 3 generations of architecture upgrades in that time for both processors and graphics cards making all modern day mega builds redundant.
You might make the argument that it will run any game out today with ease without even working up a sweat. This is true, but so would a single GTX 1080Ti, an i7 7700K, 16GB of corsair vengeance DDR 4 ram and a Z170 Motherboard, the difference being that you save £23,000.
In truth, Overclockers probably haven’t sold many, if any at all, but in my opinion that isn’t the point of the OrionX.
What is the point of it?
The OrionX and all other mega builds are, in my opinion, marketing ploys. It’s a chance for creators to say “Hey, look what we can do!” and draw in the crowds. If they manage to sell a few in the meantime then that’s great but I believe the main aim is to create publicity. People will google phrases like “Worlds most expensive PC” or “Most powerful computer” just out of curiosity and I guarantee that they will find an OrionX on the front page. Finding the OrionX will then lead to them finding Overclockers and boom, just like that, they’re in. Mega builds probably earn a lot more through the publicity that they generate than through sales of the mega builds themselves.
I don’t want you to think that I’m hating on Overclockers because I am not. I use Overclockers regularly whenever I purchase upgrades for my PC, it’s a site with thousands of great value products and I can’t recommend it highly enough. In fact, if what I have said hasn’t put you off and you want to purchase an OrionX then go ahead, follow this link to go to the page.