Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Coolest PC Case Mods on the Planet

"QUANTUM SHOT" #675
Link - article by Radhika Seth and Avi Abrams




Cool, Eccentric and Electrifying Beauties - PC Computer Case Mods Redefined

This is the era where what kind of a computer you use literally defines your personality. It’s no longer the question of using a Mac or a PC; you are likely to find people who work on a desktop at office but carry their laptop home to work some more and sync everything to their palmtop for presentations... with some machines sporting a radical paint scheme, or some sort of jaw-dropping case mod. Yes, designing case mods is serious business and here’s a collection of some cool, eccentric and electrifying beauties:

Here is an R2D2 cooler turned into a gaming hub for up to eight consoles (with a projector mounted at the droid's head!) -


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Damnation, by Jacob Hildebrandt

... is the quintessential steampunk. Simply gorgeous choice of materials and parts, plus a whirring, purring sound that's guaranteed to excite affectionados of all things Victorian:


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EgyptMod PC Case Mod, by Chris Kramer

Chris brought back the legends of Egypt alive in this super-classic EgyptMod PC, complete with intricate detailing, ancient hieroglyphics and assortment of glorious gems:


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Digg PC, by Alex Wiley

Back in 2009 Digg was in its peak form, and finding favors with modders like Alex Wiley. Given the current social media wars, I wonder if anyone would dare to make a Reddit or a Facebook logo-based case mod, perhaps?


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Here is a LEGO computer (found at Brothers Brick) - with a DVD drive garage and a hot motherboard kitchen inside:



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Lenovo K320 Ice Series, by James Fislar

The recent CES saw Lenovo present the Mod competition winning entry Lenovo K320 Ice. It's 80% ice and 20% disco-lights action (and yes, there is computer inside, somewhere):


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Harley Davidson PC, by MNPCTech


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MNPCTech made a very cool Harley Davidson PC case mod, but it's not the only motorcycle-themed case mod on the market. In fact, we've seen quite a few (more info):


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There is also a Scooterputer, by Stephen Popa - it is entirely rideable! - packing a Thermaltake Element V case with water-cooled P4 E8400 Core2Due:


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For all you overclockers out there, there is the Pyramid PC Case Mod by polo360x from the Techpowerup forums. Under its hood you got a Intel quad core Q6600 with B3 stepping water-cooled CPU, overclocked at 3.15 GHz:


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Level Eleven, by Jeffrey Stevenson is as stylish as computer case can possibly be - with shades of Art Deco and architectural sketches of Frank Lloyd Wright:



Even materials read like poetry: "Hard Pennsylvania cherry with an aluminum inlay"... Here is his another Art Deco effort; can't decide which is more handsome -


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A black walnut mission-style side table/computer system, again by Jeffrey Stevenson, is deceptively simple and very elegant design that will complement many high-end studios:



More retro styling is evident in The Ingraham Case Mod, inspired by a 1946 Stromberg-Carlson radio design:


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Not so elegant, Russian-made Suitcase Computer:


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Part of Pink Floyd's The Wall PC Mod - is that famous hammer (part of the "Marching Hammers" of totalitarism). In the original "the Wall" concept, hammers are both a creative and destructive symbol - hopefully this one will be used for creative purposes... more info:


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Devastator case by Wehr Wolf looks like, well, a Devastator, or an angry Decepticon that hardly had time to fully transform:


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If you have Decepticons, then you must have Autobots:


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More designs from Extremetech Mod Contest:



If it's the curves you want, then this is just the ticket:


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Dead Man's Chest by Thang Do is made of wood - and perhaps some good rum inspiration:


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Something out of the left field - the Ant Farm Case Mod. Yes, invite ants, and their just might contribute to your number crunching (not to mention "marching ants" in Photoshop):


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Right image above is, you guessed right - Battlestar Galactica mod. The following ones are musical - great combo with iTunes:


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Bio-mechanical PC (left) and - recognize this? Unreal Tournament Rocket Launcher PC! (right image), built by David Heyl in Germany in 2007:


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Want to assemble your own wooden keyboard (perhaps for your wooden PC)? Sure, Japanese designers are ready to oblige - more info:


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For serious gamers there is always this set-up (should take a better part of some enthusiast's mother's basement):


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Wind... and fire! -


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Even colder -



Go around your office with these reused motherboards:



More inventive recycling:


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No groovy case mod? Pretend you have a computer! - This "book" piece is by British artist Kyle Bean, more info:


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Or even simpler - use a lunch box! -


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