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Wired Case Mod Roundup

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the computers-should-be-used-and-not-seen dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 172

tpurcell writes "With the popularity of case modding, here is Wired's round-up of some more extreme mods. From a V8 engine to a 3 burner coffee pot, make way for some great cases."

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OMFG (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950714)

Can it be!?!?!?!?!?

peer into the anus [anus.com]

Here's an extreme case mod idea (5, Funny)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950716)

Small, light, inconspicuous, and doesn't have any extraneous crap sticking out of it.

Oh, the iMac G4? Damn, I thought I had a surefire winner there!

Re:Here's an extreme case mod idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950735)

The iMac barely fits your description there. Loud, overbearing, pretentious, only small because it's underpowered, and that godawful screen on an arm that actually takes up MORE desk space than a normal flat panel.

Oh PLEASE :P

Re:Here's an extreme case mod idea (2, Funny)

cosmo7 (325616) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951233)

Remember to switch opinion when the idea is adopted by the mainstream, cf: the mouse, WIMP interface, multiple monitor support, track pads, not beige, USB, etc.

Funny (2, Interesting)

Amomynos Coward (674631) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950719)

The funniest casemod I have seen was a FlexATX sized mobo stuffed inside an old vacuum cleaner. With the small old fan it actually also souded like one.

Re:Funny (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950776)

Yeah, you're right! The GeForce FX was hillarious!

Re:Funny (2, Funny)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951150)

a FlexATX sized mobo stuffed inside an old vacuum cleaner.

Did it use Windows for suction?

coffee machine (5, Funny)

product byproduct (628318) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950720)

Now the cd-rom drive REALLY doubles as a coffee cup holder.

Re:coffee machine (1)

ttj (580277) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950736)

But it still doesn't stop the tech support guys from making fun of you and laughing at you. And they will still put your story on n+1 different web sites where they mock you.

Re:coffee machine (3, Insightful)

benpeter (699832) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950779)

Doesn't anybody else think that the idea of a hot liquid co-habiting with expensive electronic equipment is mildly misguided.
And the modder's wondering why whenever he brews a cup of the good stuff his machine locks up...

Re:coffee machine (1)

ruprechtjones (545762) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950909)

Well, I'd buy this system. Boot, drink, get to work. I like that idea. They should dedicate one of the CD drives as a cup holder only, now that would rock.

Re:coffee machine (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950919)

Did you guys know there was once a joke on the internet about how someone thought that the CDROM tray was a cup holder? Hahaha, what a coincidence.

Re:coffee machine (3, Insightful)

LanceTaylor (166490) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951194)

In addition, I think that the steam from the new pot brewing is going to cause problems with his drives that are located above it.

Marketing (4, Insightful)

sinjayde (661825) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950721)

It would be great to see some of these cases marketed. I would be more than willing to pay a reasonable amount of money for one of these cases, as they look very cool indeed. Of course I guess that would defeat the point of these guys going to the huge amount of trouble to create these impressive cases, but still, there has to be some money to be made there, if marketed correctly.

Re:Marketing (1)

sinjayde (661825) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950731)

I meant going to the huge amount of trouble to create these as a unique case that no-one else would have.

Re:Marketing (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950802)

If these cases were marketed this would set their appeal to zero. The point is having something different from anyone else because you designed and built it (and had a lot of fun doing it), not because you spent more than anyone else is going to spend to buy it.
Thet's the exact reason why a real motorcycle lover would never buy a Harley Davidson today.

Re:Marketing (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950857)

Who would be stupid enough to pay an extra several hundred dollars for a computer just to get a cool case?

--Steve Jobs

P.S. It's "iTunes Music Store" not "Apple Music Store" you idiots.

Re:Marketing (2, Interesting)

EpsCylonB (307640) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951140)

There are some interesting cases availiable, for instance I have an iTee [studiowhiz.com] case. There are interesting cases out there to be had, saying that while I am not completely unsatisfied with the i-Tee I am not sure I would buy one again, there are lots of great design features but also lots of little niggles.

First post.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950722)

Being on my third pot of quadruple espresso, enhanced with SkyRocket Vanilla syrup (from ThinkGeek) and about 5 tsp of REAL sugar, I could just imagine a beouwolf cluster of the PC/Coffee Pot combo... ...too bad it's not an espresso maker, but I am pretty wired... stay tuned for pics!

you FAIL IT (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950818)

You FAIL it, you so so so shit.

Still waiting... (5, Funny)

PakProtector (115173) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950723)

...to see Gabe and Tycho make a computer inside someone's hollowed out skull. Any PA fans in the house?

Re:Still waiting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950870)

No.

Re:Still waiting... (3, Funny)

jade42 (608565) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950882)

Hmmm, but the question is: who's skull should it be?

I have it! John Romero's.

Re:Still waiting... (3, Insightful)

netsharc (195805) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950926)

How about Darl McBride's skull, and those from other SCO execs?

And if you run GNU/Linux on them, then it would be an interpretation of "Linux is our intellectual property!" blather they've been puking out.. :)

So who wants to come head-hunting at SCO?

Re:Still waiting... (3, Funny)

EkiM in De (574327) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951050)

Removing their skulls will make no difference; the SCO execs seem to be rather headless at the moment anyway.

Re:Still waiting... (1)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951259)

How about a beowolf cluster of mini-itx boxen built into SCO executives and lawyers skulls?

mmm, lawyer skulls...

Re:Still waiting... (1)

PakProtector (115173) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950928)

They can't kill John Romero! I love her!

Re:Still waiting... (5, Funny)

paulcammish (542971) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950992)

...who's skull should it be? I have it! John Romero's.

You have John Romeros skull?!?!

I think he might be wanting that back...

Re:Still waiting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6951217)

hey with a head as big as Romero's we won't even be limited to mini-itx!

Re:Still waiting... (1)

BigFootApe (264256) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951191)

You have the wrong end, chum, for as wiser sages than I have said, somewhere in that brain is the creative genius we used to know as John Romero. Labotomize the real culprit, the flooziest of floozies, the two-legged catalyst of Romero's downfall. Stevie Case, a.k.a. Killcreek.

She used him like a ladder. Is it his fault he had a few rotten rungs?

Will it ever end? (-1, Offtopic)

foniksonik (573572) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950737)

Seriously... does EVERY freakin' Wired article NEED to be discussed? It's been said many times before that /. is just Wired's discussion forum.... is that really what you want?

Can /. admins at least set up a new "Wired Article" topic so those who are uninterested can remove it from our home page?

Please please please....

Re:Will it ever end? (0, Offtopic)

FranTaylor (164577) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951007)

I have to agree with you. "Slashdot. News for Nerds. Stuff that matters to the Wired Editors".

Personal favorite (3, Interesting)

afidel (530433) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950739)

My personal favorite was a single board computer and CDROM stuffed into a model funnycar, you would lift the hood to insert or remove the CD's.

Caffeine Machine (5, Funny)

perttu (525033) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950743)

Do the dual P-III CPUs produce enough heat to keep the coffee warm ?

Re:Caffeine Machine (5, Funny)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950774)

You're right, should swap over to AMD.

Re:Caffeine Machine (0, Redundant)

getkashyap (678131) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950845)

Heh heh ..for better effect please try AMD !!!
Hope you like your coffee boiling ;)

kashyap

A more appropriate title would be (2, Interesting)

arvindn (542080) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950745)


Weird Case Mod Roundup :-)

Re:A more appropriate title would be (1)

TheTimoo (658067) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950822)

That's actually how I read it, and I believed that was the tile until you pointed out it wasn't.
Thanks for popping my bubble, meanie!

Re:A more appropriate title would be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6951139)

Duh! The magazine was Wired. The title is correct.

Took so long it was obsolete... (5, Funny)

tinrobot (314936) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950750)

The shiny aluminum one is my favorite...

SPECS: 350-MHz Intel Pentium II, 256 Mbytes RAM, 4-Gbyte Ultrawide SCSI hard disk

COST: $84 in scrap aluminum, abrasives, screws, and LEDs; $1,800 in computer components

TIME: 100 hours over two years

By the time he finished it, the computer was obsolete. Right on!

Re:Took so long it was obsolete... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950859)

yeah, but man, that case is gorgeous. We're talking beyond just a cool or novel idea (a coffee-maker case?), going into objets d'art. It's not a computer one uses, it's a computer one LOOKS at.

Re:Took so long it was obsolete... (2, Funny)

Bios_Hakr (68586) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951127)

Hope that thing was ATX compliant...

Subtle case mods/Hidden wiring (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950751)

Has anyone seen any case mods with really clever design in them, such as subtle quiet simple cooling, or my favourite, hidden wiring?

The objective behind auto hidden wiring projects is to have as little or no wiring, cabling, tubing or piping visible. When you get inside the car or look under the hood you see JUST the engine, and nothing else. It looks empty and oversimplistic. Often needing some awesome innovation in just moving parts about.

I'd like to see more of the same in case design. Seeing an open case with edges smoothed, and a motherboard just sitting there with barely a cable or lead running off haphazardly to a bunch of drivers powered by more power leads just thrown about. Having those cables routed impeccably tidily looks stunning.

I've been working on one for a few months after thinking the idea over. It's slow going, I don't have the time to get it done quickly, but it should look quite stunning when it's finished.

Re:Subtle case mods/Hidden wiring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950758)

Seeing an open case with edges smoothed, and a motherboard just sitting there with barely a cable or lead running off haphazardly to a bunch of drivers powered by more power leads just thrown about

How in hell do you expect to power the drives then? Bluetooth?

Re:Subtle case mods/Hidden wiring (0, Flamebait)

baryon351 (626717) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950835)

By killing all the idiots like you who post without thinking, and harnessing the energy they would have put into posting.

Re:Subtle case mods/Hidden wiring (1)

getkashyap (678131) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950851)

subtle case mods may be fine, but ...why hide the wiring when you can .... go for wireless stuff?

Or Maybe you havent heard of wireless keyboards or mice .... oh, wait! ive baan hallucinating!!!

EEk! Doctor!!! :)

kashyap

Re:Subtle case mods/Hidden wiring (5, Interesting)

Sparr0 (451780) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950867)

You can build your own ultra-flat replacement connectors for every cable attached to the motherboard and connect them to the BACK of the board, completely hidden. I had to do it once for the power connector because my case was arranged oddly enough that the cord couldnt get to the normal plug.

Re:Subtle case mods/Hidden wiring (2, Informative)

hamster foo (697718) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950868)

I'm not a Mac fan by any stretch, but the G5 [apple.com] has very little visible wiring from the pictures I've seen and has probably the best looking internals of any system I've ever seen. Although, it isn't exactly a mod. =)

Re:Subtle case mods/Hidden wiring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950891)

I have a G5 in my office. It doesn't have exposed wiring inside the case. Everything has a place, and the wiring's place is out of view behind the important stuff. Plus, wiring would interfere with it's amazing, low-turbulence, air-cooling system. (These machines are very quiet, not quite silent, but not a kind of noise you notice -- certainly not like the dustbuster PC that's sitting in the next room down the hall!) If you haven't seen the G5 in person, check it out. Even if you are religiously opposed to Macs, check out the engineering that went in to this design. It's very functional, and very impressive.

Oh, and when it comes time to recycle an obsolete G5, the roughy 1/8 inch aluminum should be worth quite a pretty penny given the vast expanses of that metal swathing the computer.

I'm also waiting to see a G5 aluminum case buffed 'til it shines...

Whole PC in regular PC PSU (3, Interesting)

Jon Evans (6172) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950942)

I think this one [mini-itx.com] is pretty cool. It's built into a PC PSU, which is then installed back into a normal beige case. The case is otherwise empty (apart from a 70's disco ball, as if it wasn't surreal enough already).

Re:Subtle case mods/Hidden wiring (2, Insightful)

xyote (598794) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951337)

That's one of my standard rants. You need power supplies without all that spagetti wiring. This place [performance-pcs.com] sells modded powersupplies with removeable cabling (voids the mfgr's warranty though). It would really be nice to have a powersupply with SATA power connectors built in.

argh (2, Interesting)

mantera (685223) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950753)

That v8 engine is sure ugly.

Does anyone know whether those small mini-itx or via epia boards are any good for clustering? Can i build a linux cluster out of them? It sounds like that could be fun, especially that they're pretty small, inexpensive, consume very little energy, and are quiet.

does anyone have any links about that?

there are more examples (5, Informative)

mantera (685223) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950768)

see more of these mods [mini-itx.com]

Re:argh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950781)

My rusty 327 looks better than that.(and its worth a lot more!)

Re:argh (1)

Eric Ass Raymond (662593) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950864)

I've been thinking about clustering mini-ITX computers as well, but the floating point performance of VIAs CPUs is abyssmal. It's so bad that the price/performance ratio of such a cluster would still be approximately the same as that of a cluster of P4s.

Fortunately, first mini-ITX P4 boards are coming out. Cluster them and compile your code with Intel's compiler and you've got a great high performance computational cluster!

another mod (5, Informative)

selderrr (523988) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950761)

the frozen case [xs4all.nl]

check out: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950944)

This [xtremods.com] |
this [envador.com] |
and my favorite [mini-itx.com]

Pathetic... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950764)

...people who have no knowledge about the inside of a computer mod the outside ;-)

Monitor mods? (5, Insightful)

tinrobot (314936) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950766)

I always see case mods, but the fact of the matter is that most cases are tucked away under desks where people can't see them. The monitor, however, is always on top of the desk, front and center.

I'm wondering if anyone is doing monitor mods. Maybe the high voltages scare people off... but then again, the possibility of deadly shock might make the art of monmodding even more extreme...

I personally would love a monitor that looks like a Philco Predicta...

Re:Monitor mods? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950791)

Don't know how you'd fit it if you have a LCD. But if you had a big 21" or so CRT, that could be a fun project.

Re:Monitor mods? (5, Interesting)

questamor (653018) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950801)

Applefritter [applefritter.com] has one that's an original iMac pullled to pieces, and modded into a 21" monitor. [applefritter.com]

Looks a bit odd from some angles, but it's kind of appealing.

Monsmodding? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950803)

*squirt*squirt*

Modded enough for ya, bitch?

Re:Monitor mods? (1)

dlelash (235648) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950814)

Surely LCDs would make this much easier? How about an LCD married to a fish tank or lava lamp?

Re:Monitor mods? (2, Interesting)

baryon351 (626717) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950819)

I don't know if this was a real apple product released or a true case mod but someone did a widescreen [danamania.com] mac SE/30. I can't imagine trying to source one of the widescreen 9 inch displays

Re:Monitor mods? (1)

Paradigm Lost (179221) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951117)

I don't know if this was a real apple product released or a true case mod...

How about neither? They clearly state "they're macintoshes that never existed [danamania.com] ". Are you trying to troll me, or did someone troll you?

Re:Monitor mods? (1)

krymsin01 (700838) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950961)

I've got an old CP/M [www.gaby.de] machine that I'd love to put a new monitor in and perhaps a mini motherboard in. Go for the retro feel...

Okay, now take it a step further.... (5, Funny)

ChrisHanel (636741) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950783)

I've seen case mods done inside a Millenium Falcon, Ice cooler, Vending Machine, and now an *ATARI*? I bow to the almighty mod gods with one request:

A mod done inside a Commodore 64/128, please! Extra points for turning a VIC-20 tape deck into a firewire drive. :)

Re:Okay, now take it a step further.... (5, Informative)

Cliffy03 (663924) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950807)

How about a "Commodore 64 @933" [mini-itx.com] and an ITX-64 [mini-itx.com]

Re:Okay, now take it a step further.... (1)

ChrisHanel (636741) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950841)

::jaw drops::

It's innovations like this that get me all weepy, not unlike Homer over his properly rotating toilet-water in Australia... :-D

Re:Okay, now take it a step further.... (1)

hamster foo (697718) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950883)

LOL, I love the toaster mod on that page.

Re:Okay, now take it a step further.... (2, Informative)

ruprechtjones (545762) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950920)

Don't forget the Imperial Star Destroyer [overclockers.com.au] case mod. wow, overkill and too much time on his hands.

The Truth About Linux Cost (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950810)

Let's have a close look at the costs involved when running a Linux system.

An important factor in Linux' cost is its maintenance. Linux requires a *lot* of maintenance, work doable only by the relatively few high-paid Linux administrators that put themselves - of course willingly - at a great place in the market. Linux seems to be needing maintenance continuously, to keep it from breaking down.

Add to this the cost of loss of data. Linux' native file system, EXT2FS, is known to lose data like a firehose spouts water when the file system isn't unmounted properly. Other unix file systems are much more tolerant towards unexpected crashes. An example is the FreeBSD file system, which with soft updates enabled, performance-wise blows EXT2FS out of the water, and doesn't have the negative drawback of extreme data loss in case of a system breakdown.

According to Linux advocates, an alternative to EXT2FS would be ReiserFS. Unfortunately, ReiserFS is still in beta stage. This means it is not intended for production use (although according to many Linux advocates this shouldn't be a problem, which makes me wonder how (little) valuable they find your data).

The other proposed 'solution', EXT3FS, is nothing more than an ugly hack to put journaling into the file system. All the drawbacks of the ancient EXT2FS file system remain in EXT3FS, for the sake of 'forward- and backward compatibility'. This is interesting, considering that the DOS heritage in the Windows 9x/ME series was considered a very bad thing by the Linux community, even though it provided what could be called one of the best examples of compatibility, ever. When it's about Linux, compatibility constraints don't seem to be that much of a problem for Linux advocates.

Back to Linux' cost. Factor in also the fact that crashes happen much more often on Linux than on other unices. On other unices, crashes usually are caused by external sources like power outages. Crashes in Linux are a regular thing, and nobody seems to know what causes them, internally. Linux advocates try to hide this fact by denying crashes ever happen. Instead, they have frequent "hardware problems".

The steep learning curve compared to about any other operating system out there is a major factor in Linux' cost. The system is a mix of features from all kinds of unices, but not one of them is implemented right. A Linux user has to live with badly coded tools which have low performance, mangle data seemingly at random and are not in line with their specification. On top of that a lot of them spit out the most childish and unprofessional messages, indicating that they were created by 14-year olds with too much time, no talent and a bad attitude.

I could go on and on and on, but the conclusion is clear. Linux is not an option for any one who seeks a professional OS with high performance, scalability, stability, adherence to standards, etc.

YOU FAIL IT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950849)

Try to make your trolls a little less obvious, or you'll never get any genuine bites.

Caffeine Machine also Refrigerates (5, Funny)

serutan (259622) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950820)

It gets better. According to the Caffeine Machine website [frontier.net] the CPU refrigeration system also cools a compartment big enough for a 6-pack of Mountain Dew. Sah-weet!

Re:Caffeine Machine also Refrigerates (3, Informative)

rewdy (162027) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950884)

not to nit-pick, but the cpu/mountain dew refrigeration system is being planned for the second version of the caffeine machine, not the current version. either way, i certainly hope he posts a more in-depth page of how it was constructed for anyone wanting to make thier own. i'm thinking about it, so i locally mirrored this page [modding.ru] for when i get around to it. it's in russian, but it has enough pictures to answer most questions.

Re:Caffeine Machine also Refrigerates (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6951053)

It gets better. serutan posts a link to a page that HE DIDN'T EVEN READ. No really, it gets even BETTER. The mods mod him UP even though THEY didn't read the link either!!! Nice job guys.

Case mods are the new pornography... (4, Interesting)

zecg (521666) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950824)

And this guy here [thebestcasescenario.com] just might be the new Ron Jeremy.

Loads more mods here (5, Informative)

JamesTRexx (675890) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950846)

At mini-itx.com [mini-itx.com] are loads of mods for the VIA mini ITX platform.

hello slashdot editors? (-1, Troll)

Tirel (692085) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950858)

these case mods are really boring and technically not "news."

plz fix.

Pathetic... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950865)

People who have no knowledge about the inside of a computer modify the outside ;-)

MOD PARENT UP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950869)

..and don't forget the watercooling!!! muahahahaaaa...

My personal favourite (5, Informative)

vevva (693964) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950875)

My personal favourite is www.digitaltables.co.uk [digitaltables.co.uk] - a PC hidden away in a very cool retro gaming cabinet.

Case mods == Plastic car body kits (3, Insightful)

fondue (244902) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950905)

I would like to see, one day, somebody build a computer case to look aesthetically pleasing, and not like a pile of melted action figures with chrome fins.

corepirate nazis round up hobbyists' boxes? (-1, Offtopic)

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the overbullowned greed/fear based phonIE marketeers are self eliminating by their owned greed/fear/ego based evile MiSintentions. they must deny the existence of the power that is dissolving their ability to continue their self-centered evile behaviours.

as the lights continue to come up, you'll see what we mean. meanwhile, there are plenty of challenges, not the least of which is the planet/population rescue (from the corepirate nazi/walking dead contingent) initiative.

EVERYTHING is going to change, despite the lameNT of the evile wons. you can bet your .asp on that. when the lights come up, there'll be no going back, & no where to hide.

we weren't planted here to facilitate/perpetuate the excesses of a handful of Godless felons. you already know that? yOUR ONLY purpose here is to help one another. any other pretense is totally false.

pay attention (to yOUR environment, for example). that's quite affordable, & leads to insights on preserving life as it should/could/will be again. everything's ALL about yOUR motives.

take care, we're here for you.

Yeah... yeah... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950927)

People who have no knowledge about the inside of a computer modify the outside ;-)

I can't stop... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950932)

People who have no knowledges about the inside of a computer modify the outside ;-)

Linus says: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950936)

"People who have no knowledge about the inside of a computer modify the outside."

Shiny Aluminium, 350 MHz, $1800???? (2, Funny)

Nova Express (100383) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950954)

SPECS: 350-MHz Intel Pentium II, 256 Mbytes RAM, 4-Gbyte Ultrawide SCSI hard disk


COST: $84 in scrap aluminum, abrasives, screws, and LEDs; $1,800 in computer components


$1800 for a 350 MHz Pentium II? Did you perchance ride a short bus to school every day?

"The horrible beige box drove me to it." Uh, I know this may come as a shock to you, but there's a cure for that now. [apple.com] And it is a hell of a lot faster than 350 MHz...

Re:Shiny Aluminium, 350 MHz, $1800???? (3, Funny)

parkanoid (573952) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951324)

That particular system has been around for a while, at least two years I would say - saw it linked from overclockers.com forums first. Add the two years it took him to make it, and you're back in the PII era.

I personally find it offensive that you refer someone creative enough to create an original, extremely cool and quite functional (aluminum is far better for transferring heat into the outside air than steel) case from $84 worth of junk, as "riding the short bus".

The truth can't be beaten :) (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6950969)

"People who have no knowledge about the inside of a computer modify the outside."

Great if true (2, Insightful)

Matrix2110 (190829) | more than 11 years ago | (#6950981)

I love the concepts, but was put off by the non-realistic photographs, I guess I am a cynic.

350mhz for $1800?? (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951018)

The Shiny Aluminum PC:
"SPECS: 350-MHz Intel Pentium II, 256 Mbytes RAM, 4-Gbyte Ultrawide SCSI hard disk

COST: $84 in scrap aluminum, abrasives, screws, and LEDs; $1,800 in computer components"

Maybe they should quote the prices with deflation in mind, since it looks silly to have a "2.2-GHz AMD Athlon (overclocked to 2.4 GHz), 1 Gbyte RAM, 240-Gbyte hard disk, Nvidia GeForce FX 5600 graphics card" PC priced at the same $1800 the 350mhz PC costs listed on the same page.

I got an idea for a simple case mod. (2, Interesting)

t0qer (230538) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951022)

Epia boards are so small, you could fit one INSIDE a monitor. Take that Imac!

not too extreme (4, Interesting)

boarder (41071) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951041)

Besides the V8 and the Keg one, I wouldn't say these are too extreme. This guy [lucentrigs.com] has some real case mods. In my opinion, if you aren't building the case from scratch, it's not really extreme.

Re:not too extreme (5, Insightful)

FroBugg (24957) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951115)

But if you're building it from scratch, can you really call it a "mod?"

Ummmmm... YEAH (2, Interesting)

EMDischarge (589758) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951123)

A little quote from the guy who built the Alien model.
"And it's a tribute to more innocent times, to movies I saw as a child, like Star Wars and Alien."
Um, how old was this guy when he say Alien? I mean, that wouldn't have been a movie I would want my kids to see. At the time I remember it being one of the most damn scary movies I had ever seen...

QuakeCon Cases (1)

suso (153703) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951177)

I was watching TechTV a few weeks ago and they were showing some of the extreme cases from QuakeCon. My favorite was the one made from a gas can. I wish this wired article had better pictures.

Shit! (3, Funny)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951272)

These all make my portable mini-itx box, built into a $5.99 Kmart tool box (painted beige, of course), look kinda lame.

Of course, my oldest son still insists it's the coolest thing I've ever built.

D'oh!

Coffee Machine Mods (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6951289)

Slightly off topic, but after looking at that Coffee PC I was reminded of some case mods I have seen for my home espresso machine.

Having just purchased a Rancilio Silvia espresso machine (considered one of the best home espresso machines), I have found a number of websites with case mods for the machine. Links below show addition of thermostats drilled into the machine:

http://www.bellataiwan.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php? t= 663&start=0
http://my.execpc.com/~n9zes/pepesilvi a/pepesilvia. html ...Now, if I can only add a G5 processor to my Silvia...

Airflow? (1)

Guano_Jim (157555) | more than 11 years ago | (#6951313)

I'm thinking of building a custom wooden case for my machine, but I'm concerned about airflow and radiation.

Has anyone had any experience with good/bad airflow from a custom case?
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