Reportedly, Intel is preparing to put an end to user-replaceable CPUs. Their next architecture, the 14-nanometer Broadwell, will use a new interface.
Quakecon's headlining event is the Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party. It's the largest annual LAN party in North America. This year's event brought nearly 3,000 machines together to share a two-gigabit connection in the Dallas Hilton Anatole. Besides the good games and good people, the BYOC also brings out the more creative types. There were a few amazing computer case-mods at this year's show. On the final day of the show, sponsor Modders-Inc brought seven incredible mods together, and we got to get up close with the one-of-a-kind machines.
Gaming rigs may be all about the guts on the inside, but some folks turn their powerful machines into little monuments that celebrate the hobby. At the Computex tech expo in Taipei, tons of fetching mods were on display, from professionally done game and movie tie-ins, to custom hack jobs. Up top is a good example of the weird shapes a computer case can take. Down in the gallery are some more: from Iron Man to Borderlands 2, and even a case that adds what we can only guess is an anti-physical media missile array.
From liquor cabinets to edible gingerbread creations to epic dog costumes to recycled scultpures, Star Wars fans have proved that there is nothing an AT-AT can't transform into. Case in point (no pun intended): this sweet AT-AT PC case mod.
Hands down, this is the best Battlefield 3 PC case mod I've ever seen. Created by Brian "Bodakker" Carter, the mod has two things PC gamers would fawn over: a mini fridge for a cold soda or beer and a rotating mini chain gun. Um, the totally heavy-duty military-looking case and flip switches are cool, too.
Some people read comics or play ball when they get bored. What does a modder by the name of "akatheguy2" do? He splices an Xbox 360 with a toaster — and makes it actually look good.
I can't decide which is more rad, the fact that a guy decided to take a Thermaltake Level 10 and make it even more killer-looking or that his name is Stephen "LeatherFace" Popa. Whatever dude, you deserve all the rad points you can get because this is one slick PC mod.
Daniel HeiBe doesn't make slick-as-glass PC case mods. Oh no, this guy wants to make PC case mods that will make you do a double take. That's why he's made one of the most ridiculous case mods we've ever laid eyes on — a PC made of concrete.
What do you do if you love remote-controlled toy cars and computers? Combine them right? Naturally, that's what one PC modder did. Bill Owen didn't take the easy route out by just shoving all the innards of a PC into a Corvette car shell — the R/C car can still be driven with a remote control.
The Russians are at it again. I'm starting to wonder if everyone in the land up north has their own crazy custom PC mod. This cyberpunk-styled computer definitely wins in the looks department compared to that bucket-of-wood-chips PC with too much storage to even know what to do with.