Brian Carter's Mystique2

Nathan Edwards

When Brian Carter heard that Cooler Master was sponsoring a case-mod contest, he got to thinking about just what it might take to win. Soon enough, an idea came to him: If one case is good, combining two Mystique 631s could only be better.

Brian blended the two cases and carried out the trademark CM wave motif both inside and out to create this sweet-looking media center PC. To keep everything inside looking pretty, he ran the power cables through a piece of 2¼” chrome pipe, which he routed behind the drive cage and underneath the motherboard tray.

The project took two months to complete; Brian submitted his rig on the day before the contest deadline—and won.

When the front panels are closed, the Mystique2 blends in with other A/V components, making it great for living-room use.

The Mystique2 boasts a load of media options, including an iDuo 10-in-1 card reader/iPod dock and two Pioneer slot-loading DVD drives.

This media center PC includes two PCI cards: a TV tuner and an HDTV tuner.

A Mars CPU cooler ensures silent running; Brian hand-cut Cooler Master’s logo from an existing aluminum panel and added it to the fan grill.

For his winning entry, Brian wins a $500 gift certificate for to fund his modding madness! See all the hardware deals at

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