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Pyramid PC Will Make Stargate Fans Drool

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This built-from-scratch PC resembles the Pyramid starship in Stargate.

Bit-Tech has an interesting read on how sci-fi fan Henk Hamers built a custom PC based on the Stargate Pyramid. The box isn't just triangular in shape-- it's a highly detailed replica of the space-traveling vessel, decked out with exterior lights, various panels mounted on the ships "hull," and a 5-inch display (yanked from a PSOne) seated behind a moving panel.

"I eventually decided to make a media PC based on a sci-fi theme that could stand in the living room. As my wife is particularly anti-PC with regards to the hordes of cables they usually bring, it had to be something that wouldn't look like a PC. With a Sci-Fi theme in mind, I hoped this wouldn't be too difficult. I finally came up with the idea of a pyramid like those in the movie Stargate."

The article goes into detail on how he crammed the hardware within the triangular chassis. Using a base of 35-cm x 35-cm, he used a COMMELL LV-677 (LGA775 mini-ITX) motherboard, an Intel Dual core T7200 CPU, and Nvidia's GeForce 9400 GT graphics card. For hard drive space, he threw in a 2.5-inch 160 GB HDD. Since there are no external controls, he designed the rig to be accessed by remote.

The initial design wasn't successful. Although there were ventilation holes in the bottom and lower sides, Hamers said that the system overheated and crashed due to a lack of proper ventilation. Hamers resolved the issue by adding additional fans that would blow the hot air out through the bottom of they pyramid. The 5-inch display screen also relays information from the motherboard, displaying CPU activity, temperatures, and more.

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    Mousemonkey , February 26, 2010 3:54 PM
    Is the mouse shaped like a Death Glider?
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    davendork , February 26, 2010 4:21 PM
    This is so awesome, I officially stopped feeling like a geek after seeing this. I don't know who I am anymore...
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    spoofedpacket , February 26, 2010 4:12 PM
    I'm sure his wife is even more thrilled about Ha'tak vessel on the desktop than a small PC with a couple of cables sticking out.
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  • 21 Hide
    Mousemonkey , February 26, 2010 3:54 PM
    Is the mouse shaped like a Death Glider?
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    kyeana , February 26, 2010 4:12 PM
    preeeety!
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    spoofedpacket , February 26, 2010 4:12 PM
    I'm sure his wife is even more thrilled about Ha'tak vessel on the desktop than a small PC with a couple of cables sticking out.
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    deadlockedworld , February 26, 2010 4:16 PM
    spoofedpacketI'm sure his wife is even more thrilled about Ha'tak vessel on the desktop than a small PC with a couple of cables sticking out.

    LOL my thoughts exactly. Shes OK with a gold spaceship instead?!!
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    nforce4max , February 26, 2010 4:20 PM
    Sure any Mason or Illuminist wouldn't mind having this just for kicks or to display.
  • 15 Hide
    davendork , February 26, 2010 4:21 PM
    This is so awesome, I officially stopped feeling like a geek after seeing this. I don't know who I am anymore...
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    festerovic , February 26, 2010 4:23 PM
    Is there a MacGyver mouse pad?
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    ravewulf , February 26, 2010 4:30 PM
    *drools* The only thing that could be better would be a puddle jumper or some sort of console from Atlantis. Action wise I liked SG-1 a bit better, but visually Atlantis and the Ancient tech there is a cooler looking
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    sliem , February 26, 2010 4:38 PM
    Camera job makes me dizzy.
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    warezme , February 26, 2010 4:48 PM
    Ok, I was ready to dis it since I am an old SG-1 fan, but then I saw it.
    Very cool.
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    zak_mckraken , February 26, 2010 5:04 PM
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    Hamers resolved the issue by adding additional fans that would blow the hot air out through the bottom of they pyramid.

    I'm not an engineer, but it seems to me he would have got better result with adding a single fan at the op of the pyramid. Hot hair goes up, not down, and the pyramid shape will concentrate the heat at the top spot. Adding small holes in the tiles design would have preserved the look.

    Pretty nice work anyway. Wish I had such manual skills.
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    gsacks , February 26, 2010 5:05 PM
    Wow. There is always someone out there to let me know that I'm really not that far over on the geeky scale. Nice work though.
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    dman3k , February 26, 2010 5:11 PM
    "The initial design wasn't successful."

    I guess this whole pyramid power thing is rubbish.
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    bcube , February 26, 2010 5:12 PM
    shiny
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    hotsacoman , February 26, 2010 5:16 PM
    Lol. He's married. Who does that anymore?
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    jabliese , February 26, 2010 6:52 PM
    @zak Ask yourself, why does hot air rise? As air warms, it expands. Expanding air will not want to naturally flow to the top of the pyramid, an ever narrowing space. Which is probably why the original ventilation holes were not enough. So, instead of fighting nature, blow it out the bottom.
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2010 8:01 PM
    jabliesewhy does hot air rise? As air warms, it expands. Expanding air will not want to naturally flow to the top of the pyramid, an ever narrowing space. Which is probably why the original ventilation holes were not enough. So, instead of fighting nature, blow it out the bottom.
    ROTFLMMFAO :D 
    That's the Best explanation of Politics 101 I've ever heard!

    Either that, or why we Fart so friggin much!
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    kingnoobe , February 26, 2010 8:06 PM
    I must admit I love it. Heh and would even buy the outer part. I could do the frame up, but theres no way I could get it to look as nice as he did.
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    Shadow703793 , February 26, 2010 8:29 PM
    Saw this a few days ago. At any rate there are a LOT of good mods over at bit tech. For example the last year Mod of the Year nominations:
    http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/2009/12/24/mod-of-the-year-2009/1
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    Shadow703793 , February 26, 2010 8:31 PM
    zak_mckrakenI'm not an engineer, but it seems to me he would have got better result with adding a single fan at the op of the pyramid. Hot hair goes up, not down, and the pyramid shape will concentrate the heat at the top spot. Adding small holes in the tiles design would have preserved the look.Pretty nice work anyway. Wish I had such manual skills.

    Given enough flow and pressure, you can move air any way you like, including hot air with out much of a performance hit (ie. .2C variance or so).
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