As some of my regular readers will know, every month I take a look at some of the best customized PC I’ve spotted on the Internet. These crazy projects often feature off-the-shelf PC cases that some skilled individual has painted, cut up or modified in some other way. In short, many of these masterpieces make MTV's Pimp My Ride look tame. They’re some of the most amazing PCs ever created.
This month I’ve got three more completely eye-popping PCs that are all very different. Two feature cases you can buy from and PC etailer, but have been modified to the extent you’d never know. We’ve also got a scratch-build PC that’s wall-mounted too so head on down the page to see them all.
First up is a very recognizable face from the film Despicable Me. A Minion might seem an odd choice for a racy PC modding project but while the outside will no doubt make a few people giggle but the inside of PC modder Ronnie Hara’s aptly-called Minion Mod, is absolutely awesome-looking.
As well as a superb yellow paint job being applied to the Cooler Master Cosmos II PC case, the vibrant color continues inside with a water-cooling system that deals with the heat produced by the PC rather than using traditional fan coolers. The tubing is made from solid acrylic, which needs to be bent to shape or include regular joints as we can see here.
The PC uses an MSI MPower MAX motherboard and R9 270X HAWK graphics card along with water-cooling components from Alphacool and Phobya. If you want to see how the project was made, head over to modding website bit-tech to see Ronnie’s extensive project log that includes more photos.
Next up is something very different. In fact, you almost wouldn’t recognize this as being a PC. In fact it uses some pretty high-end, albeit slightly dated hardware and a liquid cooling system – all mounting to an illuminated panel and suspended on a wall.
It’s a pretty neat way to save on floor and desk space, and we imaging that even though the PC is water-cooled, performing maintenance and upgrades will be very easy.
You can see the project log and more photos by heading here.
The final project I’ll be posting here this month is also one of the smallest you’ll ever see too. The case is made by Fractal Design and is known as the Node 304, which uses tiny mini-ITX form factor motherboards.
It’s little bigger than a shoebox but this hasn’t stopped forum user MetallicAcid from cramming in a ton of high-end hardware including an Asus GTX 770 Direct CU graphics card, a 25GB Samsung Evo SSD and an Intel Core i7 CPU, with the latter being cooled by a Corsair H80i all-in-one liquid cooler.
However, it’s not even that shiny hardware that caught our eye. Externally, the project looks spectacular, with a stark white paint job that contrasts plenty of glowing acrylic in this super-clean build called Fractal Effect 304. You can see the project log over at www.linustechtips.com.
That’s it for this month – do let me know what you thought of the PCs in the comments below and don’t forget to follow me to see more next month.