Well, I had the benefit of actually being able to do this to some extent. Working for a large chip manufacturer allowed me to build a stupid computer with no purpose. For anyone growing up in the late 90s when you could hop on Gateway’s website and spec out the most extreme PC imaginable, this is for you:
The build started when I found out I could buy any chip I wanted for $50/chip. Naturally, I opted for a dual socket Xeon E5-2699v4. I paired that with 128gb ECC memory on a Asus Z10PE-D8 WS board, allowing me to actually overclock the Xeon chips. I purchased 6 or so Xeon chips and started putting them in and out identifying which were the best of the “silicon lottery” for a WR attempt. I was not super fortunate on that end and was only able to place 3rd in the world (at the time) for Cinebench R15 testing. Over the next four years, that placement has slipped to 79th overall and 5th for that chipset. Still respectable given the rig is now a couple generations old.
After the testing, I decided to attempt to just flat out make it the most powerful PC I could. The current specs on the box:
2 x E5 2699v4
128gb ECC memory
20tb platter drives
4tb SSD drives
480gb x 4 NVME drives in Raid0 for caching incoming data (strong evidence of a data hoarding past)
Overall, it was a fun time building the thing out, but it serves no real purpose anymore in the house aside from being probably the single most baller PiHole host on the planet currently. I can DNS for dayz.