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Going Mod: 9 Cool Case Mod Projects
     

Going Mod: 9 Cool Case Mod Projects

by Russ Caslis, C. Webb (Editor)
 

  • Get cracking! Here's the hardware hacker's guide to banishing boring beige boxes
  • ExtremeTech readers aren't timid about cracking the case and voiding the warranty, and they'll love these detailed instructions for PC extreme makeovers that add lights, shapes, windows on the works, and more individuality to standard PC cases
  • Modding is hot;

Overview

  • Get cracking! Here's the hardware hacker's guide to banishing boring beige boxes
  • ExtremeTech readers aren't timid about cracking the case and voiding the warranty, and they'll love these detailed instructions for PC extreme makeovers that add lights, shapes, windows on the works, and more individuality to standard PC cases
  • Modding is hot; a multimillion dollar industry has grown up around the hobbyists who modify their computer cases with way-out windows, neon and lighting displays, custom cooling systems, and more
  • Modding is also mainstream-major computer retailers now stock light kits and fan kits, while some PC vendors offer out-of-the-box cases with personality
  • Written by a serious modder who took a Dremel to a computer case long before it was fashionable, the book provides materials lists, identifies necessary tools, and supplies all the directions for over a dozen cool case mods

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Just look at the typical PC. Beyond boring. Why put up with that? Mod your case to match your own unique, scintillating personality. Odds are, one of the 9 amazing case-modding projects in ExtremeTech’s Going Mod will be right up your alley. If not, this book delivers all the knowledge you need to create a mod nobody’s ever seen before.

While some simple mods are here, they’re just the beginning. Shucks, nowadays, it seems like even your grandmother can swap LEDs. But can she do the Millennium Falcon case mod, which starts with one of those old Kenner Star Wars toys you can find on eBay for 50 bucks? We didn’t think so.

As in all this book’s projects, Russ Caslis walks you through everything. In this project, that means gently taking apart your Falcon; washing off the crud; carefully removing stray plastic to make more room inside; carving cutouts for video, USB, keyboard, mouse, audio, and Ethernet ports; painting; venting exhaust; and of course, assembly.

Or how about an aircraft carrier PC? Or one in the shape of a wall-hangable picture frame? Or one in the shape of an old ’70s arcade gamebox, with built-in joystick? Or the “matrimony mod,” which has been covered everywhere from Wired.com to Bride Magazine? Or Caslis’ “$3,000 Fishtank”? Or the UFO PC?

Along the way, you’ll find primers on everything from cooling and lighting to cable management, finishing, and soldering: all the hands-on skills you’ll need to do any of these -- or whatever your own fevered mind conjures up. Bill Camarda, from the December 2004 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764573743
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Series:
ExtremeTech Series , #12
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

Russ Caslis has been hacking, modifying, and tricking out computers since long before modding got mainstream. You'll see his creations on all the popular online case modding sites, in tech magazines, and even on TV.

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