Making unique cases for desktop PCs isn’t exactly a new thing to Lian Li; in fact, given one of their previous efforts I’d say this one’s a bit tame. The company calls it the Cowry, an attempt to build a case that’s both practical and artistic.
How’d you like a computer that not only looks like an M1A2 Abrams tank, but that actually can drive and fire ammo? Well, if you’re modder Skip Station, you already have one on your desktop.
Skip’s army tank PC is a beast, measuring 32″ (l) x 12″ (w) x 11″ (h), and it’s doing a perfect job camouflaging as a tank.
Remember the old Commodore PET personal computer from back in the late 1970s? With its trapezoidal built-in monitor, it was the most “futuristic” computer of its time, despite its relatively meager 6502 CPU and up to 32KB of RAM under the hood.
I rather like this PC casemod made from a bunch of LEGO bricks. What’s cool about it is that it really does look to be mostly constructed by the colorful primitive building blocks, and cleverly designed to prevent the computer from overheating.
There are tons of video game-themed replacement icons on the Internet, but if you’re looking for controllers – plus a couple of handhelds – then you should definitely check out this icon pack by deviantART user deleket.
The Nintendo Wii is the game console that introduced us to motion controls a few years ago. Since then a bunch of other game consoles and add-ons have surfaced with have motion control aspects. If you are a PC gamer, Razer has a new motion control system for you.
Here’s a fun casemod for fans of off-road vehicles. This PC got its humble beginnings in one of those modern IN WIN cases, but once the modder was done with it, the thing turned into a serious off-road (or is that off-desk) truck.
Up until now the SNES mods we’ve featured involved stuffing PC guts inside the case. Instructables member vigothecarpathian also did the same to an old SNES, but he didn’t stop there – he also added several emulators and games to his console-turned-PC, so now he can play not just SNES but NES, N64, NEO GEO, MAME, Game Boy Advance, C64, Genesis games and more from just one console.
I have never built a computer for myself or anyone else in my house that couldn’t play some video games if the need hit. The big downside to cramming powerful video cards, CPUs and fans inside your computer is that the things tend to be loud.
Ever wanted to play Tetris using gestures, Minority Report-style? Me neither. But hacking and common sense don’t always go together; sometimes people love to do things just because they can do it. Case in point, Conan Chen’s Kinetris project.
Have you ever thought about combining LEGOs with computers? Well, the Taiwanese have. This PC computer case has a cool LEGO-style front panel, which will allow you to decorate it with plastic building blocks.
The Kinect has gotten a lot of love from the hacker community on the PC, but what about the PlayStation Move?
While not quite as revolutionary as Microsoft’s answer to motion gaming, the Move’s true 1:1 movement tracking can make for some fun.
When it comes to playing video games, I head for the PC anytime it’s a shooter. I like driving and racing games on consoles, but other genres are PC or GTFO for me. One geek has taken his PC and Call of Duty, and then hacked up a system that uses the Kinect, the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to control the game.