PC users build their own systems according to their needs and budget. As every PC user has his/her own personality, each tends to imprint it onto their systems. There are people that build up their systems, trying to get the most out of those fancy components. However, unlike regular PC users, the modding fans are a bunch of ingenious dudes who like to customize their systems to fit their personality and lifestyle. I found many interesting case mods over the Internet, but for this article, I stopped at six of the most weird/ingenious ones. Be sure to click on the thumbnail images to see the enlarged versions.
This is a chopper-based system case featuring an ingenious design. This one is built into a 2/3 scale real bike frame, painted with fiery schemes and accessorized with various cool stuff. This case even has a motorcycle seat and license plate adorning the rear side. The power supply unit goes right under the seat and the front panel includes a key start to turn on the system, with additional slot load drives and a handy media card reader. The processing power inside such a modded case perfectly matches the aggressive design: AMD AM2 FX62 CPU, Swiftech Apogee watercooler, two NV78 GPU waterblocks cooling two 7900GTXs in SLI and, on top of that, a PhysX card. This is what I call a hot rod PC rig.
Windows XP box mod
I lay my eyes on an awkward Windows XP box mod. Right, so if your system is running on Windows XP Professional, why shouldn’t your system case be the OS product box itself? The guy who pulled this mod off used a Nehemiah EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX motherboard to fit the 243mm x 200mm x 48mm box. Also included is an internal CD drive, which was quite hard to accommodate. The components had to perfectly fit a custom-made metal frame, which was integrated inside the box in order to prevent any fire-related issues. A rather minimalist approach, to sum it up.
I give you the LEGO PC case! Made up of tiny LEGO blocks, this case deserves a creativity award right away. It has room for a DVD-ROM drive, a floppy drive (who needs such things these days?), a vertical motherboard with integrated peripherals, one HDD, two system coolers and a PSU on top. I wonder if those plastic blocks can take the resulting heat and provide a good airflow inside the enclosure.
The author of this “work of art” took the vital components of his PC and managed to accommodate them into a $9 child’s training toilet from Wal-Mart. I think the guy exaggerated a bit, depicting too much leaking brown stuff on the seat and the sides. There is an orange biohazard paint job on the lid, which really goes well with the over spilling brownish mass. Inside the toilet seat we find an ASUS CUSI-FX FlexATX small-factor motherboard, which has built-in video, LAN NIC, sound and even two PCI slots. I guess a toilet PC is not really meant to include high-end, blazing fast components. It’s all in the name.
Take a look at a guitar case. We are talking about a real acoustic guitar, cut and trimmed in order to accommodate a small-factor motherboard, a windowed CD-ROM mod with stealth door, a pair of creative I-Trigue 3300 speakers as well as a sound activated blue cathode lighting interior. The system also provides remote control operation for power up and CD-ROM eject. A really cool case to suit any audiophile interior.
This one looks really good. Too bad you canâ€™t eat the parts though (hardboard) except for the candy decoration of course. If it wasnâ€™t christmas season this one probably wouldnâ€™t have got this far up the list. But hey, itâ€™s a really cool case mod, and itâ€™s soon christmas so here it is.
Compared to some other case modifications, this got a quite radical design. All parts are fitted on the outside of a cabinet and itâ€™s purpose is just to be a practical design since the user of the PC alternate between different hard drives on a daily basis.
Weapon of Mass Destruction,
WMD is short for Weapon of Mass Destruction, and thatâ€™s exactly what this project is all about. Even though itâ€™s not completely finished yet, the build of this bomb is very impressive. But why have a PC that looks like an atomic bomb? Because you can I guess.
It`s so weird – in a lovely way. Hehe. It was custom built for Intel to show off their Pentium 4 processors at the E3 2002. The external power supply is a treasure chest really cool!!
You saw this one coming, didn`t you? Of course someone has built a replica of R2D2 and fitted a computer inside. It looks nice too. But I guess that this one wonâ€™t impress the girls – as if any of these case mods would. Hehe, sorry all you case modders! I Donâ€™t mean to offend anyone here. Check out the CD/DVD-roms drives. Awesome.