A scratch-built HTPC fit for Swedish winters
With huge events like
and powerhouse eSports teams like
Ninjas in Pyjamas
, the Swedes are no strangers to computers and video games. 21-year-old
created this month’s
Rig of the Month
with version three of the Cold Winter HTPC.
It’s made from scratch with 8mm-thick acrylic and a steel backing. Nyman says he used a heat gun to bend the case's unique contours before stuffing it with mITX internals. It has AMD’s A10 7850K APU on a mITX motherboard with a SFX PSU keeping things powered. He topped it all off with a front-mounted LCD to monitor temperatures, memory usage, and media information.
It’s gone through over 3 years of work and more than a few iterations, surviving vandalism at Dreamhack, and full-time use as Nyman’s main computer. Check out the complete
for all the intricate details.
If you’re a case modder with something that deserves the Rig of the Month title, let us know by dropping us an email at
. Make sure to include your name, a 300-word description of why your PC is amazing along with specs (and how it was modified), and no fewer than three high-resolution JPEGs of the build. Please try and use a high-quality camera with good lighting and make sure to bust out your photography skills! We will not accept any blurry, low-res camera-phone grade images because we'd like readers to see your awesome rig in the best light possible! Here are some specific case-shooting photography tips:
Try to avoid using flash and opt for existing natural light. In addition, use things like white curtains to diffuse the bright sun.
Make sure your case is in focus! Nothing ruins a picture of a nice-looking case than a blurry shot.
Clean your case before you shoot it. No one wants to see all that nasty dust all over the place!
Experimenting with shooting from multiple angles.
Select the right backdrop. Your system could look cooler with a nice/clean background as opposed to on your messy floor with cables strewn about.
When shooting, use a tripod or if you can’t get one, shoot from a stable surface such as a box or even a pillow.
If your camera has exposure compensation, try playing around with under-exposing or over exposing until you get the effects you want.
In addition to requiring pretty photos, we’ll be judging the rigs based on creativity and craftsmanship.
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