You may remember my post on the DARWINmachine Hammerhead PC HMR989, a hand-assembled concoction that's the closest thing to a cubist painting a desktop may ever get. It didn't have the latest and greatest in components, but boutique builder Pure PC has rendered that criticism moot by jamming new Intel and Nvidia parts into the Hammerhead chassis and redubbing it the Pure Luxury PC.
Oh, and it also tripled the price tag in the process.
While the original Hammerhead cost a "mere" $2,900, the Pure Luxury PC tips the pricing scales at a cool $9,500. For that price, you do get the fastest desktop CPU available, the six-core Intel i7-990x Extreme Edition, along with the top Nvidia graphics card -- two GeForce GTX 580s in SLI configuration. Somehow, Pure PC managed to find room for a third card if you choose to add it later. You also get 12GB of RAM, a pair of 128MB solid state drives, two 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black 7200RPM hard drives, and a Blu-ray burner.
If you must spend more than 10 grand on your newest system, custom options include a blue chassis instead of the default red, overclocking the processor to 5GHz, and that third graphics card for 3-Way SLI. Either way, it will ship in a custom hardware case (maybe which an inventive DIYer could try to fashion into his or her own radical PC design).
One other thing you get is a lifetime warranty, which probably isn't too much to expect for the amount of money you're spending. Give credit where it's due: Pure PC has turned the Hammerhead into a more lust-worthy object than the original, though it priced it even more out of reach to design-conscious enthusiasts.