Nick 'The Mad Modder' Blackwell
Don't be put off by his profile picture (below), Blackwell isn't quite as crazy as he seems. Claiming a gigantic 19 years of modding experience, this father of modding hails from Texas and is the founder of Dirty South PC Mods, boasting over 1,000 group members on Facebook.
His latest project is yet another Thermaltake CaseMOD build. This daytime tax professional and night time modding mastermind has produced what he calls 'Spy vs. Spy' and is sponsored by someone a little different - a wheel and axle company called Camco.
- Spy vs. Spy
With a massive watercooling loop in mind, Blackwell kicked off his build log with the idea that he aims to "put two complete systems in here all cooled with one large liquid cooling system," setting out to produce a "simple yet meaningful" build.
Case - Thermaltake Core X9 x 2
Motherboard - EVGA Z97 FTW (Gaming System), EVGA Z97 FTW (Server)
CPU - Intel i5 4670K (Gaming), Intel G3258 (Server)
Ram - 4 x 4Gb G.Skill Ripjaws (8Gb per system)
PSU - 1 x 550w DPS G Modular PSU, 1 x 750w DPS G Modular PSU
GPU - 2 x ASUS Strix GTX 970
SSD - 2 x 240 Gb Crucial M500 240Gb
HDD - 4 x 500 Gb in Raid 0
CPU Block - Pacific W1 x 2
GPU Block - Pacific Strix Water block x 2
Radiator - Pacific RL 480 x 4
Pump - Pacific P1 D5 Pump /w Silent Kit x 2
Reservoir - Pacific T33 x 3
Cables - Custom Sleeved Cables Sleeving supplies courtesy of Sanctum Sleeving
LEDs - BSMods 5050 RGB LED 16.5ft Strip /w wireless remote.
Wrap it up
As you've just read, there's a massive move from experts and companies alike to push modding back into the mainstream. We've seen watercooling come back in force, a multitude of new modders emerge into the market like Stuart Tonks and the social media led rejuvenation of old school modders like Nick Blackwell from USA.
Love it or hate it, modding is the 'big thing' in the PC DIY market at this stage - will it collapse again for a resurgence of mini systems and all-in-one units? Only time will tell.
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