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Your Retro Gaming PC Builds (1995-2005)

29 November 2018 - 06:51 AM

Hey guys, I've started a Retro PC build series  on my YT, here's ep 1 "Mod like it's 1999"
I'm planning 2 -3 more videos and asking for photos of your Gaming PC builds from 1995 - 2005. (for photo montage at end of video)  
I will include at least one of your photos posted here and credit your screen name in the video. 
Photos can be taken today, but All hardware must be from 1995 - 2005 era, including the case.

MAD MAX Tribute PC Case Mod & Build

17 May 2018 - 05:59 AM

Welcome! Thanks for checking out my tribute to Mad Max & his Interceptor build log. This is one of my Bucket list theme PC builds. My mother brought me to the premiere of The Road Warrior movie and I've been fan of this world ever since. This will be a modified desktop PC with liquid cooling. Inspired by visual elements of Max's Interceptor and the Mad Max World. ...and maybe Fury Road. There shall be rust and maybe even a Detonator attached to the PC? (lol). I'll be sharing highlights of it's progression stages, including video clip links as I move along in this thread. I have a basic idea of what PC hardware components will occupy this mad max inspired PC (motherboard, CPU, DDR, GPU, SSD, PSU) The case is an Enermax Equlilence they donated to me last year.  If you've followed my past personal builds, I like to find good deals on hardware whenever possible I do plan to fabricate the liquid cooling lines from 361 marine grade stainless tubing. No idea what brand of CPU & GPU water blocks, radiators and fittings I'll use yet. 
The case is the Enermax Equilence I was given. It sorta looks like a Fractal Case, but without any of the well thought out features. 
I apologize in advance if you're expecting me to pose a Mad Max action figure inside the case (haha). The Interceptor's V8 feels more appropriate. The scale Ford engine I'm using is by LIBERTY Classics, http://www.libertyclassics.com/
I've added motorized shaft to spin the supercharger belt, you can watch it here, https://twitter.com/...023385818492928
I've modified the supercharger pulleys with larger plates to keep the belt from rolling off.
I will be fabricating a new engine scoop to emulate Max's Scott Injector Scoop and painting everything dark grey.

Vertical Video Card Mount Mod

01 August 2017 - 11:42 AM

Hey gang,  A new video card is one of the biggest expenses you'll invest into your custom PC build. My thought is "Why don't we show them off?" 
I want to inspire people to not be limited to traditional system layout.  I've created a GPU mount that allows mounting your card over the 120mm fan hole or anywhere in your PC simple modifications. The Stage 2 version doesn't require cutting opening for monitor cable(s). It's made from .5" thick solid aluminum to support the weight of large non-reference coolers or water blocks. 

Cooler Master Mastercase 5 / Pro Custom PC Build

09 March 2016 - 11:43 AM

Finally, I get to build something for myself :D The opportunity presented itself after Cooler Master sent me their new Mastercase 5 ($109.99) to evaluate and brainstorm retail accessories / bolt-on custom parts as part of their "Make it Yours" campaign. The Mastercase Pro is the same chassis as mastercase 5, but includes window panel and top cover for $139.99. If I kept waiting for personal time to build a PC for myself, it would have never happened due to lack of free time. I have to admit, I didn't like the Mastercase at first. I captured my mod zoo staff/friends unbox Mastercase 5 / Pro in my VLOG. I feel Cooler Master missed a lot of details that could have made the case even better. Especially since CM marketed it as "modular" and designed for DIY liquid cooling. It falls 40% from it's marketing pitch, but the overall build quality and finish is outstanding and eventually won me over after dismantling and re-assembling the case. Here is my final thoughts about the Mastercase, keeping in mind that I look at cases from perspective as PC Customizer and Case Modder.
*Overall Build Quality, Fit & finish.
*Top panel / cover design options are nice.
*Modular HD/SSD tray design and mounting options are best to date.
*240/360/280 radiator option for front is nice.
My suggestions REVISIONS:
*Top radiator mounting location should be offset, to clear DDR slots on some motherboards 
*100% Riveted chassis?! I understand using rivets over screws to save time in manufacturing, but at minimum, the mid section floor should be removable for better access. 
*Lack of Water pump and reservoir mounting. CM's competitors started embracing DIY cooling market over year ago, by including mounting options for reservoirs and water pumps.
*Mastercase 5/ Pro window panel is very flimsy. The "smoked" poly window is bluish/purple and has very poor clarity for viewing inside the case.
Inspiration for the custom painted exterior will be the 1970 Porsche 917 from Steve McQueen's "Le Mans" movie. His 917 from the movie was chassis #022 and purchased in 1970 from Porsche by Steve McQueen's movie production company, Solar Productions. It was also the company that would bring the movie "Le Mans" to the big screen. This is the car that McQueen's character, Michael Delaney, starts the race in, and "crashes" late in the race, "writing the car off." The car that was crashed was really a Lola T-70, painted and rebodied, to look like a 917. Many innovations in cinematography, were first tried in this movie. They even went so far, as to weld brackets to the front frame work of the 917, so they could mount a camera to shoot Steve, and the other drivers, in the cockpit.
I'll replacing the Mastercase 5 steel side panel with this clear side panel window, 
I'll replacing the Mastercase top grill panel with this clear "moon roof" style top window,  http://mnpctech.com/...anel-clear.html
Cooler Master Mastercase 5 Chassis assembled with final coat of Gulf Racing Blue paint from 1970 Porsche 917 race car
Porsche 917 inspired graphics are finished on the Cooler Master Mastercase 5 / Pro. Next stage is clearcoating everything.