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The Mighty Gaming Movement: Part 3 - Case Modding

The Mighty Gaming Movement: Part 3 - Case Modding
Mod ALL the things! It seems that the 'old school' trend of 'Do It Yourself' has come back in force.
By: Chris Smith | Editorials in Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2015 4:45 am

Just like the Phoenix

 

Modding and PC DIY was seemingly unstoppable five or more years ago with companies like Cooler Master, Antec and Thermaltake leading the chassis charge - seeing enthusiasts worldwide spend a little extra time in on the weekends managing their cables, tweaking their water-cooling systems and some were crazy enough to start cutting holes in and painting their cases.

 

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This trend died off in recent times, replaced by company pre-built systems, laptops, smartphones and tablets, all-in-one PCs and smaller builds - whether that's good or bad we'll let you decide. However, there's been a resurgence of the modding movement - seeing a few big players globally produce some absolutely jaw-dropping systems. This article will cover one or two modders from different parts of the world, a couple of their projects and some of the companies backing them fully.

 

We will link all modders' social media and label their respective sponsors - if you like what you see I urge you to let them know!

 

 

Stuart Tonks

 

First cab off the rank is Stuart Tonks from GGF LAN Party. Besides helping conduct a modding seminar in Victoria, Australia coming up on June 30th, Tonks has been a busy modding man.

 

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Recently, he has hit the global scale thanks to the Thermaltake CaseMOD competition where he created a dual-Intel Xeon Thermaltake Core X9 build, complete with SLI watercooled graphics and a 1080p touchscreen all mounted within the massive case.

 

- Project XX

 

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Components:

 

CPU/s - 2x Intel Xeon e5-2667s

Motherboard - ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS

Memory - 64GB Avexir Raiden

GPUs - 3x ASUS NVIDIA STRIX GTX 980's

SSDs - 3x Kingston HyperX

Storage (HDDs) 3 or 2 Western Digital 4TB Blacks

Power Supply - Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Platinum

Fans - Thermaltake Riing Fans x22

 

Water Cooling

Pacific VGA Bridge Triple x1

Pacific V-GTX Block - STRIX - 980 x3

Thermaltake Pacific W2 CPU Water Block x2

Thermaltake Pacific PT40-D5 Silent Kit Reservoir/Pump Combo x2

Thermaltake Pacific P1 Black D5 Pump w/ Silent Kit x2

Thermaltake Hard tubes 500mm x10

 

Fittings

Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 Stop Plug w/ O-Ring - Chrome x10

Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 45 & 90 Degree Adapter - Chrome x10

Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 90 Degree Adapter - Chrome x10

Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 Y Adapter - Chrome x10

Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 Female to Male 20mm Extender - Chrome x6

Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 Female to Male 30mm Extender - Chrome x4

Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 Hard Tube 16mm x30

 

Radiators

Thermaltake Pacific RL480 x4

 

Check out the build log here.

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