The 2012 Dream Machine

The Large Pixel Collider is the most irresponsibly powerful gaming PC we've ever built. This marvel of technological achievement has been outfitted with an Intel Core i7-4960X, 64GB of Corsair RAM, four GTX Titans in quad-SLI, and just a pinch of plutonium.

With the LPC, we'll push gaming beyond anything ever seen before. Our experiments won't stop at maximum settings or standard resolutions—we won't even call it quits at 4K. As PC gamers, we aren't interested in compromise, and as fellow PC gamers, you're invited to join us as we document every gameplay experiment in our ongoing video series.

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LPC
LPC
LPC
LPC
WHAT IS LPC?
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COMPONENTS
DISPLAYS
VIEWSONIC VP2770-LED
VIEWSONIC VP2770-LED
DISPLAYS

By spanning three 2560x1440 ViewSonic displays, the LPC can achieve a maximum resolution of 7680x1440, blasting over 11 million pixels into the unprotected eyes of all who gaze upon its explosive radiance. The 27-inch LEDs also produce colors so accurate we can tell you irrefutably that Gordon Freeman’s chestplate is actually cadmium orange with gamboge detailing.

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GAMING HEADSET
PLANTRONICS RIG
PLANTRONICS RIG
GAMING HEADSET

Sleek and to-the-point, the Rig keeps us looking sharp while enjoying the crisp, deep sounds produced by its 40mm speaker drivers. Those sounds include the screams of fallen foes, various internal combustion engines, and subliminal messages the LPC whispers into the edges of our consciousness. Side note, we’ve recently decided to strip the gold out of our electronics and deposit it in a mysterious locked box marked "body fund."

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MOUSE
RAZER DEATHADDER
RAZER DEATHADDER
MOUSE

Wikipedia tells us that the New Guinea-native acanthophis, also known as a death adder, is one of the most venomous snakes in the world. That's nice. For us, the DeathAdder just fits. Razer's chassis is the best contour we've found for our nerdy hands, an ergonomic curve that doesn't tire our joints after hours of DOOM, Dota 2, and Diablo III.

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MOTHERBOARD
ASUS RAMPAGE IV EXTREME
ASUS RAMPAGE IV EXTREME
MOTHERBOARD

ASUS’ top-tier X79 motherboard is one of the few that can handle our insane quad-SLI video card setup, and it gives us support for Intel Turbo Boost should we feel so inclined. It also features four USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, and a PS/2 port in case we feel like plugging in an old trackball mouse, tossing back a few Bawls, and alt-tabbing between five simultaneous Warcraft III matches.

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CASE
DIGITAL STORM AVENTUM II CHASSIS
DIGITAL STORM AVENTUM II CHASSIS
CASE

The Aventum II could house an entire family of urban raccoons (trivia: a group of raccoons is known as a “gaze”), but we’ve elected to stuff the organs of the Large Pixel Collider into it. Digital Storm’s cavernous enclosure is a spacious workspace for our mega mobo, three 143mm radiators, four Nvidia GTX Titans, and all the watercooling veins running between these systems. Like your favorite obscure Finnish band, the Aventum II is composed entirely of metal and has 22 fans.

CPU
INTEL CORE i7-4960X
INTEL CORE i7-4960X
CPU

Also known by its street name, Ivy Bridge E (meaning “extreme,” obviously), the i7-4960X is a six-core CPU running at a base clock speed of 3.6GHz that we’ll look forward to overclocking above 4.0GHz. A thousand bucks of processing power buys us 1.86 billion of Intel’s nicest transistors.

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GPU
NVIDIA GTX TITAN (4x)
NVIDIA GTX TITAN (4x)
GPU

No animals were harmed in the installation of our four (count ‘em, four) GTX Titans, but it’s said that the self-esteem of all nearby PCs noticeably dipped. An uncomfortable combined 24GB of GDDR5 is the muscle of the Large Pixel Collider, letting us reach a resolution of 4096x2160 on a single monitor. When active, our quad-SLI GPU array actively strengthens the immune systems of nearby children and small mammals.

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MEMORY
64GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM
64GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM
MEMORY

Snapping anything less than the maximum amount of memory into the Large Pixel Collider would have been a disservice to Benjamin Franklin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Aretha Franklin. Eight 8GB slabs of Corsair’s Dominator RAM, running at 2400MHz, finally makes possible our dream to run 7,180 simultaneous instances of Minesweeper.

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POWER
CORSAIR AX1200i 1200-WATT
CORSAIR AX1200i 1200-WATT
POWER

Does “one-point-two kilowatts” sound more impressive? This fully modular PSU from Corsair politely siphons the gas tank of planet Earth to give us all the electricity we need to play Arma 3 with everything cranked up. It also gives us access to Corsair’s proprietary software, Corsair Link, to keep an eye on power usage, fan speed, and the internal temperature of the PSU. The AX1200i is rated for at least 11.4 years of use, ensuring we can pass it down to our children.

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SSD
CORSAIR 480GB NEUTRON GTX SSD
CORSAIR 480GB NEUTRON GTX SSD
SSD

We would never use our SATA 3.0-capable Corsair Neutron GTX SSD to determine how many copies of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick the Large Pixel Collider is capable of writing per second (132), but we will use it to store the bulk of our game library.

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HARD DRIVE
4TB WESTERN DIGITAL BLACK EDITION
4TB WESTERN DIGITAL BLACK EDITION
HARD DRIVE

Cuddled beside our speedy half-terabyte SSD is a 4TB-platter of Western Digital’s Black Edition hard drive, enough to store every cover story, image, and word we’ve ever put into the print edition of PC Gamer. We need all of this space—at a modest 2560x1600 resolution, uncompressed 30 FPS gameplay footage weighs in at about 550 MB per minute. When we inevitably fill it up, we’ll throw in more.

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WATER COOLING
XSPC RAZOR GPU WATER BLOCK (4x), & XSPC EX42 (3x)
XSPC RAZOR GPU WATER BLOCK (4x), & XSPC EX42 (3x)
WATER COOLING

Digital Storm’s custom watercooling system pumps liquid from four XSPC Razor GPU water blocks through our i7-4960X CPU, through all four GTX Titans, and past three XSPC EX420 radiators to keep the LPC from going molten. Now and then—only on a new moon, and just for a few seconds—we switch the pump off and forge legendary swords inside the LPC’s radiating glow.

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VIDEO LIBRARY
The PC Gamer Show episode 1
NeoTokyo video: max settings at 2560x1440
Pixel Boost: Halo: Combat Evolved at 5120x2880
Star Citizen video: Arena Commander at 2560x1440
Watch Dogs video: max settings at 1920x1080
The keyboard of the Large Pixel Collider
Pixel Boost - Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Dark Souls 2 4K Screenshots
How we capture 4K screenshots and video on the LPC
The Elder Scrolls Online at 7680x1440 on LPC
Unreal Tournament 2004 at 4k
The maps of Titanfall - MAX SETTINGS - 1440p on LPC
The Mouse of the Large Pixel Collider
Thief Gold: 3840x2160 screenshots from the LPC
Thief MAX SETTINGS - 1440p on LPC
Titanfall beta MAX SETTINGS - 1440p on LPC
Happy Valentine's Day from the LPC
Titanfall screenshots: max settings at 7680x1440
The Elder Scrolls Online Beta: Max Settings at 2560x1440
Tomb Raider: running the classic at 2400x1800

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