A scratch-built case straight out of Defense of the Ancients
Jonathan '-=SpH!Nx=-' Garlit isn't a professional modder, but we're convinced that he's got potential. He's a die-hard fan of Dota, but with a son on the way he's giving up the game to become a full-time father. The DotaBox is a memento that represents seven years and countless hours of Dota matches. Jonathan says he wanted something to commemorate his favorite game and we think he did it justice. Enough that we're happy to make it our July
Rig of the Month
The scratch-built creation combines acrylic and wood in 4 distinctly recognizable renditions of the Dota 2 logo. Each is mounted onto the square chassis with backlit sheets of green acrylic cut to shape with a jigsaw and a rotary tool.
It’s not particularly powerful, but it doesn’t have to be. Jonathan says he was on a tight budget and wanted a simple system that could handle Dota 2 and HD video. The AMD A10-7850K APU does both and is a great alternative to stuffing a giant graphics card into the 10x10x10-inch case.
Two Cooler Master JetFlo 120mm fans join a 120mm Scythe Slip Stream and a giant 230mm Bitfenix Spectre fan to keep the system cool. There's a lesson to be learned here: airflow is important—even outside of gaming rigs. A 256GB SSD gives it speedy boot-ups with larger files relegated to network attached storage. A 450W Silverstone SFX Series power supply keeps everything running.
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Four of the DotaBox's six sides are covered by wood-and-acrylic Dota 2 logos. The handmade doodads add just the right amount of visual flair and look even better in the dark thanks to a set of blue LEDs.