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