In case you didn't already get the memo, Dream Machine 2011 is going to be unleashed on the world at the beginning of next week. We've given you some hints so far about what you'll find in this years rig, but we haven't given out any specific spoilers so far. Well, since you've all been so patient, we'll give you the first one right now: Dream Machine 2011 has an unbelievably kick-ass custom paint job.
What's it look like? Who did it? You'll have to wait to find that out, but for now we're going to tease you with 30 amazing custom paint jobs we found around the web. One last thing: one of the paintshops whose work is featured in this gallery did Dream Machine 2011--can you guess which one?
Remember the totally kick-ass, Light Cycle-inspired scratch PC mod by veteran modder Boddaker (aka Brian Carter) that was featured on our site recently? Called TRON Lightcycle PC, Boddaker’s entry for Cooler Master’s annual case mod competition (scratch build category) is currently the third most voted case mod in contention. As of now, the top spot belongs to the L3p D3sk by a 30-year-old Dutch guy named Peter. The rig is housed inside a desk, effectively making it an “all-in-one desk”, as Peter likes to call it.
Anyone who's been to enough LAN parties can tell you that PC gaming and beer go together like Mr. Pibb and Red Vines--as long as you don't actually get any beer in your computer. Except, that's exactly what NVIDIA has done, with the first (we assume) ever Kegputer.
In addition to a Sandy Bridge proc and dual EVGA 580's, the Kegputer is packing an Asus motherboard and ice cold Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Check out our video first look at the Kegputer below:
Gizmodo’s got some photos. (There's more on FabioHofnik's photostream.) It’s an impressive build. Not only does it have a jungle theme, there are some special touches, such as a photo of the 1997 Dharma Initiative team stashed inside. Gizmodo is especially impressed with the external video screen that plays the introductory videos of Dr. Marvin Candle.
No word on what makes up the innards of this Lost tribute. But, it’s a sure bet the case itself is enough to attract a lot of attention at whatever LAN parties it appears.
Bill "Overkill Bill" Owen from Mnpctech walked away a winner in Nvidia's Ion case mod contest announced a few months back. The contest tasked 5 professional case modders with building a "revolutionary Ion-based PC" out of an Zotac Ion ITX 330 motherboard containing an Nvidia Ion GPU and an Intel Atom dual-core CPU, along with $500 for any additional PC parts.
Owen's winning entry came in the form of a wild looking green cube consisting of hundreds of hours of labor and a whole lot of CNC milled sheets of aluminum and laser-cut acrylic.
Full system specs can be found here, but it's the worklog and plethora of pictures that are the real treat, and you can view it all right here.
We've seen modded NES systems before, but BenHeck.com forum member "airz" earned some serious geek cred on Thursday by cramming all kinds of goodies into an NES cartridge.
Airz took a foreign-made portable media player and hacked an NES controller to replace the player's buttons, then stuffed the whole assembly into a Super Mario / Duck Hunt combo cartridge. He then cut out an opening for the 2.8-inch LCD screen and the end result is a handheld NES cartridge capable of playing a complete library of NES games using the original buttons, while also serving as an MP3 player, FM radio, picture viewer, audio recorder, and more.
After going through 3 game cases, 2 controllers, and 2 media players to make the mod work, Airz said he's selling his awesome mod to recoup his losses.
The Atom processor is a pretty nifty little thing. It draws very little power, it doesn’t require much cooling – this allows PC creators to put them in just about anything. And, “anything” now includes a toy Ferrari and a vase.
These two computers sport nettop stats, and it’s expected that the Ferarri enclosed machine is being aimed at kids, while the Vase case is for those that just want to hide their machine amongst their pottery.
No word yet on price or availability, but it’s expected that these are simply meant as proof of concept.
(Sorry about the small picture size – be sure to check out the respective articles for better views).
What would be a better way to celebrate the release of The Dark Knight than with your own version of the Batmobile? Impress your comic-book fanboy friends when you roll up to the movie theaters in your new Batmobile Tumbler and watch the ladies swarm to your ride.
Okay, so this may not be the life size Tumbler you were expecting to show off to your crew, but Kevin Core’s 1/6-scale Batmobile Tumbler featured in our January 2008 issue is the next best thing. After winning Rig of the Month with his inventive creation, Kevin is finally putting his rig up for sale. This 28” x 17” x 11” mini-PC features seven hard drive LED lights, 10 LED headlines, and some other nifty features. It's not a particularly powerful rig, but we can't help but admire the effort. If you're interested in owning a piece of Mod-of-the-Month history, grab your wallet, start your web browser, and head over to the auction page now!