Bob's Hot Rod PC's

aka Bob is assimilated by his Borg Cube...

What is a Hot Rod PC?

First there were hotrods with blown hemi motors. Then kids started modifying little Japanese cars like you see in the movie "The Fast and the Furious." What used to be candy apple paint jobs and hand-painted flames with lots of chrome gave way to a sort of street racer look with lots of manufacturer stickers, neon undercarriage lighting, and stereo systems requiring hearing protection for all those within 100 feet. The exhaust pipes on these things are 6" in diameter and look more like the muzzle of a Tiger tank than the pipe for the little Japanese four banger motor that resides up front.

What's next?

Super customized PC's! What else is a geek gonna do with spare time and money?

I used to think I was soooo cool with my jet black 21" LCD monitor, black Gallo Nucleus speakers, and black keyboard. Just one thing: my steenking PC was that ugly IBM beige! I've thought about painting it black, or hiding it in a cabinet, but after seeing this craziness, I knew I had to kick it up a notch. I first came upon this trend reading my favorite PC magazine which is Maximum PC. You can find out a lot about the cutting edge in that thin rag, and they don't pull any punches reviewing either. The only trouble with Maximum, is they just aren't completely dedicated to total [H]ardness, as the modders say. What they review is interesting, but it is very tame compared to what the real modding community deals with. To find out about them, you have to go online, there is no good print medium. Check the links below for all the best sites.

Update 2007: I'm still building PC's, but the mods are even more bizarre. In this case, I am building custom PC's to run the machine tools that I have converted to CNC. You can build anything with tools like this, and at some point, I'll have to create the ultimate custom PC too!

Local Links

I've included a photo gallery below of some of the cooler PC mods I've seen together with some links where you can research this intriguing urban techno-geek artform. Most importantly, I have included full details of Borg Cube--the Hot Rod PC I built for myself.

The Adventure Begins!

Follow along as Bob builds his own Hot Rod PC...

The Cube Will Assimilate You!

My Brother's Borg

Check it out!

How About Machine Tools?

I started fooling with machine tools after I'd already built the BorgCube. It was a natural outgrowth. I think it's only a matter of time before I use the machine shop to build my next really cool PC mod!

If you want to learn more about my machine tools, shop, and what it takes to get started with them, check out my CNC Cookbook web site.

Hot Rod PC's Others Have Built

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Handmade Lucite Case

Apple's Take on Cool PC's

 

Other Useful Sites

Need some choice links for checking out this stuff and learning how to do it? Read on:

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News & Reviews
Tech Report Latest news on products and technology.
Overclockers.com News, lots of how-to articles, and reviews.
X-bit Labs News.
VR Zone Reviews and news.
HardOCP News and reviews. My favorite forums.
PC Stats Primarily reviews.
3DMark Tweak Guide
Overclock Intelligence Agency News and reviews. Can be a little slow.
Extreme Tech High-tech news and reviews beyond just PC's.
Mad Onion These guys rate the performance of overclockers. Great fun.
Icrontic Forums These are the forums haunted by the guys who win the top slots on MadOnion. If you wondered how they did it, read here. This is the most radical overclocking info.
Pheaton Case gawds be here. These are some of the coolest cases you'll ever find.
Firing Squad Gaming oriented news and reviews.
Bit-Tech Case gawds be here. These are some of the coolest cases you'll ever find.
Virtual Hideout The original source for case modding info. One of the biggest photo galleries of modded cases on the planet.
PureOC Pure overclocking info and reviews.
Pro-Cooling Awesome info on hard core cooling.
GideonTech Modding site.
8-Dimensional Awesome index of mobo and graphics cards reviews.
OC Tools Awesome info on Overclocking.
PimpRig L33T Mods...
Suppliers
So-trick Computers Really trick bolt-on components for your PC.
PC Mods One of the best suppliers of mods...
CaseEtc More real trick bolt-on components for your PC, including some water cooling.
FrozenCPU Even more real trick bolt-on components for your PC.
DangerDen Watercooling...
Leufken H2O Cooling...
BeCooling Wasserkuhling...
D-Tek Glug, glug, water, glug, cooling!
Cooltechnica Liquid cooled...
Overclocker's Hideout Not just water cooling...
CaseMod.com Carry Gemini water cool among other things...
HighSpeedPC Innovatek water cooling, athlon unlocking, and other serious goodies!
Cool Computers Nifty water cooling, including a wild GeForce 3 kit...
Glowing Stuff Cold cathodes, electroluminescent, etc.
Tweakbox

Lot's O' Stuff! Canadian dealer.

Hardcore Cooling Like the name says, hardcore stuff...
OCSystem.com Unusual items...
Plycon Excellent air cooling selection...
Xtreme Tek Werkz OPPAINTER's magic AMD chip unlocking experts...
Azzo Cool things like a dual bulb cold cathode kit...
CrazyPC Lotso stuff...
Tweakmonster.com Cool RAM sinks, lightstrips, and other goodies...
ZXMods More wild and crazy things...
Action Electronics Cheap cold cathodes, cheap cable sleeve, and other stuff...
B.G. Micro Cheap VFD's, electronics experimenter bargains...
All Electronics Another surplus/xperimenter supplier...
US Plastics Lots of good acrylic sheets and supplies...
FrozenPC New shop with some cool ideas...
ShatteredWeb Custom window etch appliques...
Mouser Electronic supply house...
Cutting Edge Case Mods Very nice original mods, such as plexi PSU cover...
ELWireCheap Smokin' deals on light up stuff...
TapeWorks Cool contact paper, especially their simulated carbon fiber!
McMaster-Carr Hardware of every variety...
LoverMeCases Cool mod supplies, custom fans, plexi cases...
ExoticPC Still more wild mod stuff, especially interesting cases...
Hobbytron Really cheap cold cathodes!
Sharka "Providers of quiet and extreme cooling solutions"
ClearNeon Transparent black light spray paint. You can do your mobo with this.
MPJA Surplus electronics, super cheap Rotron fans...
Computuning Water cooling, nifty electronics, & other mod supplies. Canadian.
Cooler Guys Another great modding and water cooling dealer.
Silicon Valley Compucycle Super Bright CCFL's and other goodies...
Performance PC's Cool hand sleeved PSU's and other stuff...
Cool-Cases.org German firm with really cool looking water blocks and reservoirs...
2CoolTek Excellent cooler selection & other modding goodies.
Amazing Personal Hot Rod PC Sites
Shiny Aluminum Computer Case What if Robbie the Robot was a PC case? He'd look just like this...
Linear One of the case Gawd's...
Project Plexi Step-by-step guide to building a whole case from clear acrylic.
 
All material 2001-2006, Robert W. Warfield.