A kick-ass case mod makes for a kick-ass PC. It's that simple. No matter whether you're rocking a Sandy Bridge-E or a Celeron, a water-cooled, LED-lit, hand-tailored and custom milled chassis stops traffic and sets lips a-whistlin' like nobody's business, proverbs about books and their covers be damned.
The past six months have seen a flood of truly outstanding case mods hit the Interwebz. So we decided to take the time to showcase the best of the best in (mostly) recent memory -- with a little extra help from master modder Bill Owen of MNPCTech, Case Mod Blog, Mod Men and Maximum PC Star Trek PC fame. Because who knows the cream of the crop better than one of the cream of the crop?
The first 10 mods come hand-picked from Bill himself, while we rounded out the rest of the gallery with even more eye-catching case mods, including six that were chronicled in our very own Maximum PC Modder's Workshop forum. Click on a pic to get an expanded view of it, or hit the links underneath the images to see in-progress work logs of the builds. Enjoy the eye candy!
System Manufacturer/Model Number Insane hobo technologies. ;-) OS Windows 7 x64 CPU Intel i7 2600k Motherboard Asrock z68 extreme 4 gen 3 Memory G.skill Ripjaw 16gigs @ 1866 Graphics Card Nvidia gtx580 (evga) Sound Card Integrated HD audio + hdmi Monitor(s) Displays 24" ASUS widescreen + 42" insignia Screen Resolution 1080p (1920x1080)
Keyboard Microsoft wireless 3000 (v2) Mouse MS - wireless 5000 (bluetrack) PSU 1 kilowatt SLI/Crossfire rated Silverstone modular Case NZXT Phantom + additional 220 fan Cooling Zalmann Hard Drives 128 Samsung 830
256 Samsung 840
3 x 1tb storage drive (various)
1 western digital 1tb (eSATA)
1 Seagate 1tb (eSATA) Internet Speed depends on if you ask me or my provider. Other Info The above information is provided as is, and the author assumes no responsibility for issues it may cause with your sanity or fanboyism.
Really?? REALLY?? Omg, yeah, too much. Those are things are no different than an exotic sports car; way overpriced, too nice to use, to expensive to use, and no replacement for good 'ole raw horsepower. Those aren't for gamers, or Tech geeks, those are for..... never mind.
System Manufacturer/Model Number Home Made OS Windows 7 Home Premium x64 CPU Intel 2500k @4.5ghz 66deg max P95/IBT Motherboard Gigabyte Z68A-D3-B3 Memory 8 Gigs Patriot Viper 2 Extreme @1600 Graphics Card EVGA GTX 580 3 GIG 35degrees idle Sound Card Nvidia HD audio via HDMI to 7.1 Receiver Monitor(s) Displays 32" Olevia hdtv Screen Resolution 1080p
Keyboard Logitech wireless Combo, G13 Mouse G300 PSU Corsair vx550w Case Thermaltake V3 black Cooling CM 212+(push n pull) 4 case fans Hard Drives 64gig SSD(OS/Apps)
250gig (Files and Dox)
1tb (imaging and backup) Internet Speed 40mps Other Info Two others up and running; C2D E5200/MSI G41M-P26/Corsair XMS3 8gb/GTS 250 1gb and C2D E8200/xFx 750sli/8gb Corsair Dominator/2x EVGA 550ti
Working on; i2600 Build...
@Work I use a Lenovo 5536B8U + Lenovo U300s
Computer type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number Real World Computing (Me + a little help from Acer) OS Windows 7 Ultimate x64 + x86 + Windows 8 x64 CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1035T 2.6 GHz Motherboard Aspire M3400 Memory 4Gb PC10600 DDR3 1333 MHz Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 315 512MB Sound Card OnBoard - Realtek High Definition Audio Monitor(s) Displays Philips 32" HDTV, (HDMI) + 26" TV (VGA) Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 @60Hz + 1360 x 768 @60Hz
Keyboard Microsoft Wireless 800 or Stock Acer, (depends where I sit) Mouse Microsoft Wireless 800 or Stock Acer, (depends where I sit) PSU Stock (400W) Case Acer M3400 Cooling Stock Hard Drives 500 GB Seagate ST3500418AS SATA II
1 TB Hitachi HDS5C1010CLA382 SATAII
1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103SI SATA II (external)
Plus various other (client ) HDDs as needed Internet Speed Temporaray 3G Dongle Antivirus Avast Browser Chrome Other Info USB Capture + Webcam(s) Bamboo Digitizer tablet
Also run Acer AspireOne 530h Netbook, Dual Core Atom + 1GB (Win7 Ult x86) Plus various test systems for new projects
System Manufacturer/Model Number Goonie Build 8 2010 OS Windows 7 64bit Ultimate SP1, VMware Windows 7 64bit Ultimate SP1 CPU Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.8 or 4.2 when i need it Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X58-UD5 Memory Corsair XMS3 12GB DDR3 1600 1.5v Graphics Card MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti OC Twin FrozR II Sound Card 7.1 HD Monitor(s) Displays 2x BenQ 24 LED 1080p + LG 50PK590 1080p Screen Resolution 3840 x 1080p
Keyboard Logitech Mouse Logitech PSU Corsair AX 750W ATX Modular Case Antec Fusion Remote Max Cooling Noctua NH D14 Hard Drives Intel X25-M 80GB OS/
Intel X25-M 160GB
Data Robotics Drobo V2 8TB Internet Speed 15Mbs Down 1.3Mbs Up Other Info Hauppauge HD PVR/
Pioneer 1017-k - 7.1 THX/
Xbox 360 250 Slim
SkyHD/LG 50PK590 TV
Computer type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number me OS Windows 7 Home premium 64bit CPU AMD Phenom II X4 925 (Deneb) OC 3.4GHz Motherboard M5A78L-MLX Plus Memory 8192MB RAM DDR3 1600 Graphics Card XFX HD 6870 1GB (Connected via HDMI) Monitor(s) Displays Polaroid TLAC-02255 22" Digital HD LED TV and 17"LED Monitor Screen Resolution 1920x1080 60Hz / 1280x1024 60Hz
Keyboard Microsoft USB Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 (IntelliType Pro) Mouse Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400 PSU CORSAIR CX600 600w Case AZZA Orion 202 EVO with 3fans and a corsair af fan Cooling cooler master hyper TX3 cpu cooler Hard Drives 500gb hdd 7200rpm Western Digital Internet Speed 5.22Mbps download 0.65Mbps upload Antivirus Comodo Internet Security Browser IE 10