Want a top spec Mac Pro loaded up with all of the available goodies? Better get saving.
Just for laughs we decided to price up one of Apple's recently-announced twelve-core beasts with all of the most expensive options just to see how high we could get the price.
Apple is well-known for charging way above the market price for standard options like memory and hard drives, and most users with more firing synapses than a fruit fly would eschew the Cupertino company's build-to-order options in favour of fitting their own add-ons.
But we thought it would be a giggle to see what you could get with an unlimited budget and severely limited mental capacity.
So here's what we went for:
The vanilla 12-core model costs £3,999.01 (we're not sure where the penny comes from) comes with two 2.66GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere” processors but we bumped the speed up to 2.93GHz at an additional cost of £960 (really... we're not making this up).
Boosting the base RAM to 32GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM adds a frightening £2,840 to the growing bill.
We chucked in a RAID card for good measure, although we're aware that it won't work with the SSDs we're about to buy. Don't forget, we're not exactly shopping smart here. Add another £572.
Putting a 512GB SSD in the first of the Mac Pro's four slide-in drive bays adds £1,029.99. For some reason the other three bays only cost £1,150 to fill with the same drive. Bargain!
Adding a second ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB graphics card to the one already fitted adds another £199 to the running total.
Sticking in a second Superdrive (come on Apple, calling a £15 DVD burner 'super' is really gilding the lily), adds an eye-watering £80.01 to the bill.
Because we'll be using our new Mac Pro for all sorts of high-end media type stuff we'll add a couple of 30-inch Cinema displays to the mix at £1,199 each. And it would seem churlish at this point not to go with a new Magic Trackpad. Ker-ching. Another 59 quid.
While we're at it we might as well have a nice wireless keyboard rather than the boring old wired version (£17.00 more) and a fancy Apple-branded battery charger to keep the AAs in tip top condition (£25.00).
We will, of course, be needing a quad-channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCi Express card to connect up to our Xsan storage network... a snip at £817.
So that's £16,446.01 in total. And you can even have free shipping. But you'll have to wait two weeks for the build-to-order guys at Apple to stop laughing long enough to be able to put it all together for you.