Fatal1ty challenge, BYOC case mods
One of the world’s most well-known and marketed FPS gamers is Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel and he was on hand to take on all challengers in Quake 4. People who were selected to play Fatal1ty had to just get one frag on him to win a prize. Unfortunately, I dropped several of these challenges and didn’t see anyone beat him.
BYOC case mods
One of my favorite things about LAN parties is seeing all the creative case mods gamers design to show off their love of gaming. This particular case is called “Mr. Red” and was professionally designed by modders at Austin Modders. It’s a beautiful micro ATX case, and looks to be completely custom made.
This is another creation by Austin Modders that features a heavily modified Thermaltake Armor case that has a custom watercooling system, custom paint, and even custom acrylic work.
This case modder used a Cooler Master Ammo 533 and turned it into a military-grade radio transmitter. The paint looks really good and gritty as well as the antenna that’s attached to the back of the case.
This arcade mod is named Game Not Over and features a custom UI that uses several emulators to play more than 250,000 games.
One of the most unique case mods we saw during the event was this barbeque mod. A 22″ LCD is mounted to the top of the grill and all the hardware components are in the main grilling section of the barbeque itself. It’s not the cleanest case mod I’ve seen, but it’s definitely one of the neatest ideas I’ve come across at Quakecon.
I found this case mod walking around the BYOC. I looked under one of the tables and say this ASUS Republic of Gamers rig and CrossfireX video card setup mounted in an igloo-type cooler. I’m sure it’s excellent for shipping, but the cable management could definitely use some work.
This professional case mod was custom made and features two SLI video cards and uses dry ice to cool the processor. The layered acrylic is light with blue LEDs and has tons of high-end parts on it. This would make a great test bench in my office for sure.
The Quad PC was one of our finalists in the Quakecon 2009 case mod contest and featured four independent computer systems and 17 hard drives. The entire case was custom fabricated and all the wiring goes through the middle of the case to give it a very clean look.
The Wolfenstein PC brought me back to my traditional case mod roots with custom lighting, water-jet cut graphics, and even a reinforced handle on the top of the case. It’s a very clean design and even the cable management was top notch in the case. This case was also a finalist in the case mod contest in the pre-fabricated case category.
This mini ITX case mod features an old VIA motherboard and a neat fan controlller that shines with blue and green LEDs. Someone said they saw this case at Quakecon a few years back, but I really liked how clean it looked and the top window was a nice touch too.
Lastly, we saw the only custom wood PC case toward the end of our journey around the BYOC. This is a massive box case that has more than 16 120mm fans throughout the expansive cube design. The rollers on the bottom of the case make it easier to move this beast too.