(this is a bit of a Ramble of sorts, sorry for that) Now that my build is nearing completion, I wanted to get into the Whys of my build. As my Finished pictures will show, i might have the Least Modded case in the contest. And I have reasons for this! I always wanted a Super PC (Loads of CPU and VGA power), and of course, to Any True Modder, it has to Look as good (if not Better) than it performs!! But i also HAD to factor in, that this PC was to be a Daily Use machine! That is Also Portable! (Somewhat, as we All know Liquid cooled PC's are Not that Lite!)
This is one of the Top reasons I chose the CM Storm Stryker Case for my platform. The Very beefy handles on this frame were perfect for a Large "Portable" case. That and I have always liked White cases! From the first time I laid eyes on the Stryker case I already had the vision of the complete build! (Within reason). I knew there would be room for Dual GPU's, and a good size water loop, including the XSPC Rads and Res that I had been eyeing for almost a Decade!! I knew this case could fit at Least a 2 bay And a 3bay rad, I knew I would have room for Multiple HDD's (although it turned out placing them was Not easy) as still have room for a Large Res.
From the get-go, I knew the Stryker would need Some modding to make it the way i envisioned it, but I also knew that it wouldn't take much. I needed to remove the entire front frame and HDD cages to make a fully open design. And i knew I was going to close off the bottom section to provide a place to hide all the wiring and undesirables. And I knew I was going to need to modd the front panel to some extent, to be able to mount 3 fans on the front. I also wanted to still be able to include an optical drive!
I knew that one way or another, this case Could satisfy everything i would want in a case. (Although I was still in for a Sticker Shock with the price of the "Mod Parts" that I would need!) So, now armed with all the parts I would need, I set out to build a Daily use machine, that Looked like something you would see in a High-End PC showcase!
All of this was being done for ME! and Me alone! Then low and behold, not long after I decided to take my Stock rig to the next level, I came across a FB News feed from Cooler Master! Something about a Case Mod Contest!! And here I was Already building one! SO I entered!! I would have built this PC either way (Contest or not). But with it being a Contest Rig now, I just took it a Little farther! (in terms of Neatness and Looks).
So, for me, the bottom line is, I now Own my Dream PC, in All it's Epic Snowy Goodness! And if i can manage to Win a spot in the finals, that would be Awesome Too!
I have Always been into "Modding" things of one sort or another (My wife calls me "Alter Boy" because I Alter Everything I own!). I have always wanted a Fully modded PC, but just couldn't swing the $, until Now! The only 2 things that are stopping me from doing this More, and to a higher standard is $ and Work-space. I used to have access to a few shops where I could work, sadly that is no more. And as some of you likely know, it's not easy to Mod/cut/grind and things of that sort, when you live in a Very small apartment building!! Even the simplest things like cutting some Plexi for a new trim panel becomes a Week long Chore!! (Find a Table saw you can borrow, rent a Shop, Get there, do your work, go home, need more panels, start the process over again!!) Hopefully by next year I will have access to a shop again, and be able to enter a something a little more Extreme in next years contest (yes I'm thinking about Next years already - Codename ~ "Console Killer"!)
That's all for now. Uploaded MANY pics to my gallery today, should get some of them into These posts a little later tonight!
Cheers and Happy Modding!