The most extravagant PC rigs at PAX Australia 2017

Matt Sayer 29 October 2017 NEWS


Swords, skulls and SpongeBob SquarePants headline the weirdest PC builds on display at this year's PAX Australia.

For as many games there have been at PAX Australia this year, there's been a whole lot of hardware, too. Whether it be the latest streaming gear from Elgato or the clickiest mechanical keyboards from HyperX, PC hardware vendors have gone to some pretty extraordinary lengths to stand out on the show floor.

Take, for example, the number of extravagant PC rigs we've seen from companies like MSI, Dell, nVidia and HP. Weird and wonderful casing, lighting and cooling solutions for high-end PCs are nothing new, but it's always a trip to see how wild some of the designs get. At price tags steeper than the cost of a small car, only the most avid PC gamers would actually lay down the cash for one of these beastly rigs, but for the rest of us, it's entertaining to simple marvel at the sheer craftsmanship involved with their creation.

If you can't make it to PAX Australia to see these rigs for yourself, we've snapped some photos of our favourites below:


Yes, we promise you that there's a fully-functioning PC inside cheery old SpongeBob. You probably wouldn't want to take it underwater, though.


If Davy Jones had a PC, it'd probably look something like this.


Did you know a liquid-cooled PC was hiding inside the Quake logo all this time? Neither did we.


No wonder those Arthurian knights had such a hard time pulling Excalibur from the stone: there's a whole rig inside of there.


The Borderlands vibe is strong with this mean setup.




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