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.
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!
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!
The Cube Will Assimilate You!
My Brother's Borg
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
Handmade Lucite Case
Other Useful Sites
Need some choice links for checking out this stuff and learning how to do it? Read on:
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